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Rügen – traditional seaside resorts and world-famous chalk cliffs

Rügen: View of the chalk cliffs in Jasmund National Park ©DZT (Francesco Carovillano)

Rügen is Germany's largest island. Spanning more than 900 square kilometres, this island has all of the ingredients for the perfect holiday in abundance. Think beaches that go on as far as the eye can see, untouched natural landscapes and luxurious seaside resorts.

Rügen is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the whole of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Even writer Thomas Mann had a soft spot for the seaside resorts of Binz and Sellin, which still manage to hold on to their nostalgic charm. The same can be said of Racing Roland, a narrow gauge railway linking up the island's seaside resorts that is now over 100 years old. On top of sandy beaches stretching across 60 kilometres, Rügen also boasts large national parks, world-famous chalk cliffs, sleepy fishing villages and magnificent manor houses. The island attracts more than 100,000 spectators every year for its Störtebeker Festival open-air theatre event in Ralswiek, which is home to a unique natural stage on the banks of the Great Jasmund Lagoon.

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