Welcome to Hiddensee Island
‘Dat söte Länneken’ (the sweet little land) is much mythologised in the German national imagination. This tiny patch off Rügen’s western coast measures 18km long and just 1.8km across at its widest point. What makes Hiddensee so sweet is its breathtaking, remote landscape. The heath and meadows of the Dornbush area, with the island’s landmark lighthouse and wind-buckled trees, extend north of the village of Kloster, while dunes wend their way south from the main village of Vitte to Neuendorf. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Hiddensee bewitched artists and writers including Thomas Mann and Bertolt Brecht, as well as writer Gerhart Hauptmann, who is buried here.
Cars are banned on Hiddensee but bike-hire places are everywhere. Alternatively, you can see the island at a gentle pace aboard clip-clopping horse-drawn carriages. Horses appear well looked after.