The coast of the Baltic Sea is an ideal place for long walks and hikes.
You can expect beautifully green, hilly countryside. This unique island offers magnificent walking trails which are accessible all year around. Many of the trails on Rügen are elevated and you can admire the Baltic Sea from above while you are walking through the peaceful forest. The coast lies beneath the hiker and one of the most popular walks is the cliff line walk Jasmund which brings you to the impressive chalk cliffs. The National Park Jasmund and its impressive beech forest are included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
At the “Königsstuhl” (“King’s Chair”), in the adventure center of the National Park, you can find interesting exhibitions which display the beauty of nature. The smaller guests have also been catered for: Discover an iceberg, study the different creatures in the aquarium and time travel with a mouse and a raven.
The walking trails on Rügen really have a lot to offer!
Walking trails on Rügen - a winter wonderland
If you are looking for recuperation then the walking trails on Rügen are a great idea, especially off-season. Rügen’s countryside is amazing and you will want to come back: walk through fields of colorful leaves in autumn or witness the first spring blossoms. A special attraction during the winter months are the snowcapped woods and the different ice formations along the coast. You can also find ice floes on the Baltic Sea and a beach covered with ice and snow is a unique sight. Rügen is one of Germany’s most sunny regions and guests can enjoy beautiful days even during the winter. All walking trails in Rügen are well signposted but a tour with a knowledgeable guide from the island can be lots of fun too. You will hear about the different places of interest on the island which may also tempt you for a visit. Romantic churches with gothic wall art, manor houses and old fortifications delve into the past of the island.
Walking trails on Rügen – Cape Arkona
The Cape of Arkona is one of the most northerly places on Rügen. Visitors are always greeted with a fresh breeze. The lighthouse offers a great view of the sea and the coast. There are three towers open for visitors to climb to the top of, for example the “Schinkel” tower and the “Peil” tower. The Cape of Arkona is traditionally home to the German Meteorological Service. Anyone who has seen the weatherman on German television bracing himself against the gusty winds has more than likely already seen live pictures of the Cape of Arkona! Many of Rügen’s walking trails go along the cliffs here and bring you to an old Slavic fortress. The most northerly point of Rügen, “Gellort”, is also within easy reach from here for hikers, it is only about one kilometer from the Cape Arkona. A very impressive giant stone is positioned here; it is the fourth biggest stone on Rügen. Again, this is accessible through one of the walking trails: take the cliff walk from Drankse to the Cape Arkona, a long set of stairs called the “Königstreppe” (German = king’s stairs) which is 42 m long brings you down to the stony coast line.
Walking trails of Rügen – diverse routes
Age and fitness don’t matter; Rügen is a paradise for any hiker. You can, of course, simply walk along the sea and visit the next seaside resort for a cup of tea without following a specific walking trail. Weather you want a sandy or a stony beach – Rügen offers everything. Every walking trail on Rügen is a highlight. People who like to collect stones will be amazed; they can go straight to the flint stone beach and begin their hunt. Rügen is full of places of natural beauty, you simply want to put on your weatherproof clothing and enjoy the fresh air; you will soon find a place with extraordinary views, a romantic piece of coast line or a windmill in the neighboring village. On a sunny day visitors will be captured by the light on the island. Everything shines and the scent of the sea has a wakening effect. A holiday apartment is a perfect place to start a day trip from. You can take hold of a map showing the different walking trails in any tourist office, they also have lots of other helpful tips. Visitors who enjoy sports can take the tree top walking trail; the adventure course “Prora” is up to 10 meters high – experienced trainers will help beginners. There are different child- and family friendly climbing tours on offer which include 17 fast ropeways – guaranteed fun!
Exploring the Baltic Sea by boat
Guests who prefer less active trips can take a boat tour to Hiddensee. This idyllic island can easily be explored by foot. Art boutiques are at home here and small restaurants invite for a bite to eat. The island Hiddensee is also part of the administration of Rügen and adds some very attractive routes to Rügen’s walking trails. Visitors looking for amber stones might get lucky at the island’s beach and can find their personal treasure. Hiddensee’s unique spirit has inspired many visitors over the years.