"Rügen Island" Germany Off The Beaten Path Tip by ant1606

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  Rügen Island seen from the ferry from Trelleborg
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  • Rügen Island seen from the ferry from Trelleborg - Germany
      Rügen Island seen from the ferry from Trelleborg
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  • Rügen Island - Beach in Binz - Germany
      Rügen Island - Beach in Binz
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  • Rügen Island - KdF Prora - Germany
      Rügen Island - KdF Prora
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  • Rügen Island - KdF Prora - Germany
      Rügen Island - KdF Prora
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After reunification, Rügen can now be called the largest German island and sits in the Baltic Sea.
It can be accessed via a bridge from Stralsund and ferries from Trelleborg, Sweden, and other locations. Coming from Trelleborg, the coast shows off its beautiful chalk cliffs (Jasmund National Park) north of Sassnitz, the port location. The island is off-the-beaten-path for its geographic position, certainly not in terms of tourism.
Most of the territory is a protected area and worth to discover. Pasture land, woods, countless quiet inlets and several beach resorts. North of Binz, a popular destination on the eastern coast, lies the decadent and massive housing establishment of Prora. This was built to be a beach holiday resort at the time of the Third Reich but never actually used as such. Ironically, it was used by the Soviet Army as a base in 1945 to be soon abandoned again. The complex is nearly three miles in length and originally intended as the "Kraft durch Freude", or KdF project (Strength through Joy) with a capacity of 20,000 guests. Too costly to be destroyed or converted into a useful facility, this monster still stirs debate.
The bad weather, temperature and empty beaches as of August 2011 in Binz reminded me of our Mediterranean shores in winter time, when most of the buoying folks can be Germans indeed.

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  • Written Sep 15, 2011
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