Fondest memory: What I miss when I remember for that journey? At first the moments at Sea. Lying in sand, reading a book, listening for waves. So peaceful, when you are there in off-season. Or at evening. Strolling at waterside, watching children and relaxed persons. Watching the sunsets and dream a while..... Pure romance. I miss it again during I write that tip. :(
Beaches on isle of Rügen are great, unique.... which word I should take for it? Fine sand beaches change with cliff lines and stones. Luxurious beaches, natural beaches. The last I like more, of course. That´s me.
Belong the coast you find forests. And inmidst the forests everywhere cottages, trailer (fixed), little homes, mostly of the time from former GDR, rests of that time. But reconstructed mostly. You can´t see from the road and outside, very hidden.
Sand, sand, everywhere sand, in forests, villages, naturally at beach.
And strolling people there, searching for amber. It is possible to find. I found also that days a little bit, again.
The Prora buildings construction started a few years before the second World War as a Nazi summer resort. It's 4 km of appartment buildings at the East coast of the island. It's complete madness, because the facility never saw any workers arriving for a holiday.
Once the war started the workers and materials wre moved to Peenemunde were the construction of the V1 assembly buildings and launch platforms were started.
Later in the war the construction activities at Prora continued with foreign prisoners.
In 1944 some buildings were in use as hospital and training facility for the Navy and SS.
At the end of the war the Russian troops blew up some buildings and took useful materials like heating equipment back to Russia.
After the war the East German Army used some of the buildings.
Nowadays it's a monument
Favorite thing: Rügen is known for a special type of architecture called Bäderarchitektur. All the gorgeous old villas are dominated by wooden balconies, little corner towers, and some lovely wooden detailed decorations. This architecture reminds you of the art nouveau (Jugendstil) architecture and framework houses as well. Most houses were built at the beginning of the 20th century, several nice villas can be found in Binz and in Sellin.
Favorite thing: A part of the 5km long building is now used for several museums. The “Eisenbahn- und Technikmuseum” presents some old trains, fire-engines, etc. and the historical museum gives you an insight in the rooms of the Prora-building and their former using.
Favorite thing: The wide sandy beach of the seaside resort Binz is in my eyes the most beautiful beach on the Island. With a length of 5km and clear white sand this beach is a nice place to be for the whole family. From the splendid Sea-Bridge you can start by boat to the Kreidefelsen.
Favorite thing: Especially at the stony beach near the Kreidefelsen (Königsstuhl) but also at some other beaches of Rügen beautiful stones of all shapes and colours can be found. They can get very very heavy in your backpack when you have to carry them up the stairs through the woods to the parking place.
Favorite thing: The Schmachter See in Binz is a very idyllic place. Here you can admire romantic sundowns or have a walk along the little lake. As it is a part of the national parc of Rügen it is not allowed to swim in the Schmachter See.
Favorite thing: For the way back to Puttgarten from Kap Arkona I wouldn’t recommend the direct way but the coastline which brings you to the small, lovely old village Vitt where 30 inhabitants live. Vitt has a little port and old houses with the typical reed roof.
Favorite thing: Getting money out of parking has turned into a new art form in Ruegen. When looking at 10 parking lots you have to pay at 11. OK, the math doesn't add up, but you get the picture. Be sure you have enough small change present, because (as far as I could see) ticket automates only take coins.