Binz's other station is the Kleine Bahnhof and it serves the Rasender Roland, the narrow gauge steam railway. This little steam train putters along the 20 or so kilometers from Lauterbach to Goehren, and makes a pleasant change of pace to the other modes of transport. It is also the only way you are going to get to more remote places like Sellin or Goehren, other than by bus or car.
Be careful of boneshaking cobbled roads!
Roads in the north of the former DDR (the old East Germany) typically look like this photo - pretty, somewhat narrow tree-lined avenues. However, what appeals to the eye doesn't necessarily appeal to the chassis - yours or your car's! Very often the preferred construction material for the road surface was cobbles, which, whilst long lasting and weather-resistant, are a boneshaking experience to drive over!
After a few days of travelling on these roads, I suggest that wheel balancing and alignment is non-negotiable - or, even better, drive a hire car and make it someone else's problem!
The main station at Binz is the Terminus for a number of direct trains coming from as far afield as Munich and Cologne. It also runs regular local services that connect to Inter City and Regional Express trains in Bergen and Lietzow, which connect the town to even more destinations in the region and country. Binz itself is about an hour away from the closest mainland town of Stralsund, which can be reached by direct trains, or by changing at Lietzow or Bergen.
The train I took from Stralsund at 11am on a Monday morning was surprisingly busy considering the destination and time of day. I had to wonder where all these people were going, and what they would be doing there. I tried to listen in to the conversations they were having, but I find it difficult to understand German when it is spoken and I have no idea of the context. This makes overhearing conversations in German next to impossible for me, because I have no clue what they are talking about. However, while listening to two girls chatting with each other I suddenly got a clue to the conversation when one said "Ice Ice Baby". I was then able to pick out every word of the other girl's response, and understand clearly the sentence: "das ist so cool". Of course, I had absolutely no idea if she was being ironic (I hope so) or if the other girl was not talking about the lame white hip-hop pop-star Vanilla Ice, but some thrash punk rendition they heard on a night out in Rostock.
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And while in Putbus the big snow storm came ... a reason good enough to step down of the train and seek for a warm coffee with some cakes.
Nothing will make me forgetting the short walk to find out a bar in such an atmosphere ... and not to forget it was april !!!
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Take some hours off the sunbathing & head to the Ruegen Kleine Bahn !!! It's a small train with old style wagons, you have a traditional coal heater inside !!!
The train is running on down the Ruegen coast and Binz is one of the stops of course.
Buy your ticket and just sit there !!!!
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Local train, we did not make use of it, but from the outside it looked like a pleasant means of transport.
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