The Rasunder Roland passes through Binz but not at the main DB station, but at the little station (kleine bahnhof) a good walk on. If you want to get off the main train and catch the narrow-gauge you will need to allow yourself a good 15 minutes to make it, even if you walk quickly like I do. Even if you don't want to travel on the train itself, a visit to the station is worth the effort, just to take some pictures as the trains steam through, there's also a nice little restaurant and a small museum documenting the history of the railway.
The former royal residence with its 29 small districts stretches the length of Rügen Bodden. As ordered by Prince Wilhelm Malte, eight local elders and protectors of historical monuments are responsible for ensuring the classic city centre is preserved.
The whitewashed houses with their rose bushes are stunning. A visit to the theatre in Putbus is an absolute must. Built in 1819 and extensively renovated in 2002, the theatre is once again open for performances. Another great outing is to Putbus Park, complete with mellow hills covered in fruit trees, rolling lawns and meandering paths, an orangerie, a church, the royal family’s mausoleum, and the Rose Café.
This castle is situated on Temple Mountain among rich beech forests close to Binz. It was built between 1837 and 1851 by Wilhelm Malte I, Earl and Lord of Putbus, who used it mainly to host guests. It was opened to the public in 1900 and has been a popular tourist attraction since then. The viewing platform atop the tower is 144 meters above the sea and offers splendid views over the island of Rügen.
Although nothing special in terms of architecture, the church at Binz has to be one of the scariest looking buildings I have ever seen. Perched on a shelf cut into the side of a small hill, with the snaking roots of the trees exposed on one side looking like the braided locks of witches, it makes for a spooky sight, especially at night. It would be a perfect halloween setting.
Not a patch on Sellin's distinctive pier, the Seebruecke (Sea Bridge) at Binz does give some nice views of the beach front buildings and architecture. In the winter you will have to face the icy winds coming straight off the freezing waters of the Baltic sea. Even on mild days, such as when I visited Binz, these breezes are stiff. As you can see in the picture the hungry seagulls had a tough time flying into it, but could remain stationary with ease, so as to pester tourists for food.
Just behind the beach, and separated from it by a row of trees and some brush, the Strandpromenade is a popular walk that is somewhat sheltered from the chill breezes blowing in off the Baltic, and allows easy access to many of the expensive restaurants and cafes that line the shore front.
Lashed by the cold waters of the Baltic sea, the beach of Binz is a long windswept stretch of sand curving around the front of the town for several kilometers. Without a doubt the beach of Binz is the main draw for the town, although it does also have some interesting architecture and some pleasant walks.
5co In and around Binz you find houses built in this typical Rügen style. I do not know the scientific term of this architectural style.
I guess everyone who visit Binz wants to go here. The beach is fine grained and in the between July and September around 20°C (68°F) warm.