The Northern coast of Germany is somewhere that I never thought I’d find myself. So, when a new British Council friend expressed her interest in a trip to Rügen, I really didn’t know what I was getting myself in for.
Join me as I take you along our route up the blustery beaches of the Baltic Coast and back again …
In the spirit of things, we went into the Martin Luther Haus before motoring on northward.
Rostock and Warnemünde
Rostock was quite a cool city with an almost Belgian flair to the architecture. We enjoyed a currywurst on the Haupstraße before making a b-line to Warnemünde and the sea!
Warnemünde can only be described as Blackpool with an Umlaut. This tiny town has only 8,500 inhabitants but is buzzing with tourists. The Alte Strom is the main street towards to port and it is lined with gorgeous traditional fishing houses which have now been converted into restaurants, bars and shops.
We stayed in a really cool hostel called The Dock Inn which I would definitely recommend, should you ever find yourself in this corner of the world.
The whole island has a magical peacefulness about it, a feeling as if you’re on the edge of the world. The landscapes are vast and outstandingly beautiful. As you drive across the island, you pass through quaint villages that you can drive in and out of within a couple of minutes.
One of Rügen’s main attractions is the Jasmund National Park, home to Germany’s ‘white cliffs’, which were sadly a bit of a tourist trap. However, we hiked beyond the usual viewing platforms to see if we could find a quieter picnic spot a little further up the coast. We really were quite chuffed when we managed to out-hike the Germans.
This tiny island am Arsch der Welt really is one of the most extraordinary places I’ve ever visited.
We stumbled upon Güstrow, which is home to one of Germany’s best-known war memorial sculptures: ‘Der Schwebende’. It is a bronze sculpture of a floating angel originally made in 1927 by Ernst Barlach.
The Sans Souci Park and Palace is the real gem of the city, with beautifully manicured hedges and fountains which make for an idyllic golden hour stroll.