"Marvel at the cliffs immortalised by Friedrich" Saßnitz Off The Beaten Path Tip by CatherineReichardt
Saßnitz Off The Beaten Path: 2 reviews and 8 photos
As we approached the chalk cliffs that Caspar David Friedrich had immortalised, I began to fret - after all, that picture was the reason we had chosen to come here in the first place. What if the cliffs were a hybrid figment of his imagination and in reality, weren't as impressive as he had depicted? What if they had been eroded over the 200 years since he painted his picture, or, worst still, had been destroyed by insensitive tourist developments?
I need not have worried: the cliffs are every bit as beautiful and impressive as I had dated imagined, and just as he captured them all those years ago. Incidentally, the chalk that forms these cliffs is the same geological formation that gives rise to the White Cliffs of Dover on the English Channel - clearly the stuff of iconic landscapes - but, for my money, it is far more impressive here, because of the counterpoint of white cliffs, milky turquoise sea and exquisitely detailed beech forest.
The best way to see the cliffs would be a 10km hike from Sassnitz through the Jasmund National Park. However, we had small children in tow and limited time, so this wasn't an option for us, and we had to content ourselves with a stunning 3km hike through the forest from Hagen (see my travel tip).
At the entrance to Koenigstuhl viewpoint, there is a tourist centre, which is informative but not outstanding, and by this point, all you want to do is get to the cliffs!
In my opinion, the Jasmund National Park - both forest and cliffs - is THE 'must do' Ruegen experience, so don't miss it!
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