"Rügen Impressions" - this tour offers you a wonderful cycling holiday for the whole family. The vibrant life of the old seaside resorts alongside Binz and Sellin on the Baltic Sea with honorable beach hotels, impressive bathing jetties and long, white, sandy beaches. The steep chalk cliffs at Jasmund, Königsstuhl and Kap Arkona, the hilly landscape with fields and forests, and the quiet life along the coastal marshes and lagoons. All this and more, you can soak up while cycling along the route at a leisurely pace.
Around Rügen Island - 6 days
Germany - Biking in Germany
Rügen is a holiday paradise best experienced on bike as the distances are short no matter where you want to go, even though there is a ton of great experiences available on the island. A fantastic destination for combining your cycling and swimming holidays.
White sandy beaches and beautiful old seaside resorts
Accommodation in good 2-3* hotels. All rooms are with private bath and toilet, and with breakfast included.
The hotels can be upgraded to 3-4* at an additional cost.
Degree of difficulty (2) and maps
It is a relatively easy cycling tour in a slightly hilly terrain. On a few stages, however, you have to climb some short but steep slopes, especially on the route between Sassnitz and Glowe, and between Putbus and Sassnitz. On the route, you'll ride on small secondary roads, paved or graveled cycling paths, forest and dirt roads, topped cobblestone and sandy trails. One must be prepared for somewhat poor surface conditions occationally along the route.
You will recieve a hotel list and information materials before departure. It's also possible to get GPS tracks. Upon arrival at your first hotel, you will be provided with a map book with route description in German.
* We note that the map is indicative and therefore does not contain precise route information.
Day 1. Arrival in Stralsund
Arrival in Stralsund, one of the Baltic Sea's old Hanseatic towns with many beautiful and carefully restored churches and trading houses, cozy sidewalk cafes and restaurants. Enjoy the town's beautiful squares and lively harbour promenade. We also recommend a visit to the newly opened marine museum "Ozeaneum". The museum deals with how the oceans impact the world's population, and it contains more than 40 aquariums. Overnight in Stralsund.
Day 2. To Putbus/Granitz. 45-65 km.
Through Southern Rügen, you cycle up and down through idyllic villages, small forests and lush agricultural land to the coast of the Baltic Sea. From Putbus you can choose to take the vintage train. In Sellin you have the opportunity to explore the fish and plant life in the Baltic Sea, without getting wet even. In a diving bell at the end of the 384 meter long and famous pier, you are lowered to a depth of 4 meters. Overnight in or around the seaside towns of Sellin and Binz.
Day 3. To the Jasmund Peninsula. 30-40 km.
Through forests to the Hunting Castle Granitz. Then back to the coast, which you'll follow until reaching Binz with the famous bathing jetty. You'll continue on to "der Koloss von Prora ", a 5 km long holiday resort located right by the finest beach. Hitler began the building of this complex in the late 30's, having intended for it to be used as a holiday resort for 20,000 people. But it was never taken into use. For many years, the complex remained unused and stood as a reminder of a dark time in history. However today, some of the buildings have been taken into use. An example is Block 5, which have been converted into the world's longest youth hostel, extending over 150 meters in length. The hostel opened in July 2011.
Overnight on the Jasmund peninsula, in or around Sassnitz.
Day 4. To the north of Jasmund/Wittow area. 35-50 km.
Excursion to Königsstuhl, Rügen's highest point and biggest tourist attraction. Enjoy the stunning view of the Baltic Sea. Later, you'll come through Northern Jasmund along the sea and coastal lagoons. If you're up to a small detour, you can cycle by the famous lighthouse at Cape Arkona, where you can still see remains of the Wendish fortress, which Bishop Absalon and his troops conquered in the 1100s and burned the cruel Svantevit. Overnight in northern Jasmund around Glowe or in Wittow around Breege and Juliusruh.
Day 5. To Stralsund. 25 km.
By ferry from Wittow to Hiddensee, Rügens "little sister". You'll cycle from north to south, through the beautiful heathland with cozy little fishing villages. In the afternoon, take the ferry (incl.) to Stralsund, where you'll stay overnight.
Day 6. Departure Day
Departure after breakfast.
Bikes and cycling equipment
You can choose from a 7 gear bike with foot brake and 1 hand brake.
All bikes are equipped with luggage rack and rear seat bag, as well as lock, pump and repair kit.
Unfortunately, it's not possible to rent bicycle helmets.
If you wish to rent a bike with 24 gears and hand brakes, we can note this, but unfortunately it can’t be guaranteed.
It's also possible to rent electric bikes, child bike seats and children's bikes.
How to get there
It takes about 9 hours by train from Copenhagen via Hamburg or Lübeck to Stralsund. From Aarhus it takes around 10 hours by train via Ringsted, Lübeck and Bad Kleinen. See www.db.de for travel times.
By car it's 233 km from Copenhagen via Gedser-Warnemünde to Stralsund. From Aarhus it's 562 km.
Weather and climate
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