James Bedford

Rügen Island

With its white-sand beaches, canopies of chestnut, oak, elm and poplar trees, charming architecture and even its own national park, Rügen offers numerous ways to enjoy nature. Although summer draws thousands of visitors to its shores, Rügen’s lush 1000-sq-km surface area fringed by 574km of coastline means there are still plenty of quiet corners to escape the crowds. You can appreciate Rügen on a day-trip from Stralsund.

Frequented in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by luminaries including Otto von Bismarck, Thomas Mann and Albert Einstein; its chalk coastline was also immortalised by Romantic artist Caspar David Friedrich in 1818.