The flintstone fields are not really a tourist trap, just a place that's hyped a lot and is not at all interesting unless you are a geology buff. Not far away from Prora, there is an overpriced car park in the middle of the forest from where most people start their proposed 3km hike towards the flintstone fields. Paths zigzagging through the forest, most of them badly signposted, will eventually lead you to the fields themselves which are - again - not signposted well. It isn't said anywhere that you have to leave the main path and follow a trail into the forest, so we would have stayed on it for ever and a day had we not spotted a few flintstones that somebody had piled up as an arrow. Well, a few metres later the fields were reached: heaps of flintstones surrounded by the forest. That's it. We were pretty disappointed, even if the flintstone fields are unique in Europe and their exact origin is unknown (the general theory is that a storm tide washed them up 4,000 years ago).
Unique Suggestions: If you are into geology, the fields might actually be interesting for you. If not, and you still want to visit them, try to do the following. Don't follow the signposted path from the car park, but instead turn left at the first crossroads and right onto a small trail immediately afterwards. This will at least save you 1.5km from your walk to the flintstone fields. Furthermore, try to find an area where there are more open spaces - stones in the middle of the forest are everything but interesting, but stones piled up high should be more spectacular. Allegedly, these areas exist - but as they are not signposted they are not easy to find.
Fun Alternatives: Spend the day on the nearby Schmale Heide beach, the best beach on Rügen.
Alternative entrance to the island
There is only 1 entrance bridge to the island, which will open at fixed times to allow ships to pass.
Unique Suggestions: Be patient. If you are in the middle of a traffic jam in Stralsund, better pay a short visit to this beautiful Hanze city.
2007 Update: End october the new Ruegenbruecke was opened. This new and high bridge makes an end to the lang waiting lines at the old draw bridge.
Fun Alternatives: Take the ferry south of Stralsund.
- Road Trip
You can't drive everywhere
The the National Park is forbidden for private cars.
Unique Suggestions: Go to the Hagen Parking place and take the bus.
Fun Alternatives: If the weather permits take a bicycle (24 gears!)
- Road Trip