The Western Pomerania Lagoon Area National Park is the largest nature reserve on the Baltic coast. The landscape of cliffs, dunes, spits and lagoons stretches from the Darss-Zingst peninsula to the island of Rügen.
The national park is named after the lagoons, or shallow bays cut off from the Baltic Sea, that provide a unique habitat. Visitors can explore them on boat trips and discover the coastline, forests, important historical salt marshes and vantage points, such as Pramort and Hohe Düne, when they are walking around the park. The Western Pomerania Lagoon Area National Park is known the world over as the largest roosting spot for cranes in all of Europe, with some 30,000 cranes arriving here in the autumn each year. The National Park Centre on Hiddensee is a wonderful mine of information on the conservation area.