Mönchgut Rügen: A small piece of land between the Baltic Sea and the Greifswalder lagoon
The peninsula Mönchgut on Rügen is wild and romantic. In Mönchgut Rügen you can immerse in the heavenly meadows: Primroses and the rare liverwort open up their flowers in spring, the storks arrive, and a great number of birds build their nests along the lagoon. Originally this peninsula belonged to the convent Eldena near Greifswald. Nowadays many nature enthusiasts hike and bike each year in the Mönchgut Rügen. One can hunt for the perfect picture at dreamy places and observe nature.
You can take part in guided herb walking tours and escape from everyday life. This is what holidays are all about and what visitors really appreciate at this tranquil piece of land between Baltic Sea and the Greifswalder lagoon. It is only approximately 29 square kilometers big and yet so full of beautiful places. In Altesien, an area within the town of Sellin, you can marvel at an old windmill and at the fine sandy beach of Gager on the shores of the Baltic Sea.
Nature conservation is very important
Most of the land of Mönchgut Rügen which was formerly owned by the convent is protected. The biosphere reserve South-East-Rügen was established in 1990 and just a year later it was approved by the UNESCO. The reserve covers more than 2000 hectares of land which is again subdivided into different areas. The Baaber Heather, characterized by heather, beech forest, bog and swampland is also part of the biosphere reserve Südost-Rügen. Near Baabe you can find the thatched covered gateway to the Mönchgut which is one of the main tourist attractions. Guests who arrive from the direction of Sellin will have the chance to see the gateway which is located at a former boarder. The monks used to enter the “sacred” grounds from here; the remaining land of the island was considered to be “unholy”. A document from 1295 refers to the Mönchgut Rügen. However, long before this time Slavs settled here and many archeological findings from the Slavic time were made here. As such many megalithic tombs make reference to Rügen’s long history of civilization.
Exploring Mönchgut Rügen by bike
Visitors like to use the bike to get to know Mönchgut Rügen. Good bicycle lanes take you along old farmyards, small churches and of course along the shore of the Baltic Sea. You will stop at the oldest tavern in Rügen in Middelhagen. Here you also have the opportunity to see the location where “ein Bayer auf Rügen” (“a Bavarian on Rügen”) was shot. Middelhagen is also the home of the Mönchgut-pottery with its typical blue-white colors. A visit to see this beautiful pottery is worthwhile. You can take a quick refreshment at the natural beach of Alt Reddevitz by jumping into the cool water. It is very suitable for children as the water starts off very shallow. The idyllic small fishermen’s town also has a fruit distillery to visit. Fruit trees and grazing sheep are also a common feature on the Mönchgut Rügen. While on holiday it’s a great idea to take a bicycle tour to the Mönchgut Rügen area which is only a few kilometers from the seaside resorts of Sellin, Baabe and Göhren. During spring the gorse bushes flower in bright yellow, during autumn the leaves of the trees change into the most beautiful colors and if you are lucky you will find amber stones on the beaches of the Mönchgut Rügen after a storm. If you don’t fancy a bike ride you may like to roam around the Mönchgut Rügen on horseback in the riding school Reddevitz.
Not one but seven museums in Mönchgut Rügen!
Should the weather not play along, you should go and visit a museum. Germany’s sunny island Rügen has a lot more to offer than just the beach and a summer season in a sun lounger. In the Mönchgut Rügen alone there are seven museums. In various model houses you will learn how the fishermen used to live in days gone by. Lovingly decorated rooms invite visitors to visualize what life on the island Rügen was like. This also includes the museum of local history, Rookhus and the Museum ship “Luise” in Göhren. In Middelhagen there is the old school museum - on request you can get a historical school lesson, the house of the priest’s widow can be visited in Groß Zicker and in Baabe there is an interesting exhibition in the coastal fishing museum.
Seafood specialties on Rügen
Throughout the island people eat fresh seafood and relish the regional cuisine. Pike with fried potatoes, walleye and turbot are all on the menu. The regional herbs give the dishes special flavor. They say that people in the Mönchgut Rügen are true artists when it comes to the preparation of fish. Visitors spend their time on Rügen in pretty holiday apartments or book a hotel – and time and again the unique countryside tempts guests to indulge in a personal voyage of discovery.