Enjoy the magic of nature twice over on Rügen, Germany's largest island. The Jasmund National Park is located on the peninsula of Jasmund in the north of the island. The landscape of Germany's smallest national park is famed for its stunning chalk cliffs along the coast and its beech forests further inland. By contrast, dry land and water are more closely intertwined at the Southeast Rügen Biosphere Reserve. Broad beaches meet craggy cliffs to form the perfect backdrop for a relaxing break all year round.
The white chalk cliffs, the deep-blue sea and the UNESCO-protected verdant green beech forests create spectacular contrasts within the Jasmund National Park. The most famous of the chalk cliffs, the legendary Königsstuhl, is home to the National Park Centre, where interactive indoor and outdoor activities await visitors of all ages across an exhibition space of 2,000 square metres and grounds of 28,000 square metres.
You can explore all kinds of natural and cultural landscapes at the Southeast Rügen Biosphere Reserve, despite the fact that it's rather on the compact side. The varied scenery, ranging from vast meadows and marshes to wooded hills and long, meandering beaches, means that the Southeast Rügen Biosphere Reserve is an ideal destination for both adventurous activity and tranquil relaxation.
Deutsche Bahn trains stop at the Bergen auf Rügen station or in the Baltic Sea resort of Binz if you're looking for an eco-friendly and stress-free way to travel.
You can find the best train route here or on the DB Navigator app.
Top tip: Make sure you enter your exact starting and finishing points when searching for a route.
For example: Stephensonstrasse 1, Gallus, Frankfurt to Nordhäuser Strasse, 38667 Bad Harzburg.
You can also find international super saver fares on the Deutsche Bahn website.
Travel by bus in the local area for free
If you're staying in Baabe, Göhren, Sellin, Gager/Gross Zicker, Middelhagen or Thiessow, you'll be given a visitor card when you arrive at your accommodation. You'll then be able to hop on the local buses and trains for free all year round. Where will you head first? The beach, a neighbouring town or a local event? You can find out more about getting around the local area here.
Black Forest National Park and
The two nature parks in the Black Forest promise unforgettable experiences surrounded by nature and a stunning cultural landscape. The national park is a little bit on the wilder side, with perfectly intact habitats that provide undisrupted homes for native flora and fauna.
Thuringian Forest Biosphere Reserve and
The oldest and best-known hiking trail in Germany, the Rennsteig, covers almost 170 km through the region in the centre of Germany, linking the Thuringian Forest Nature Parks and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It sure does pay to be well connected!