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Hi! I'm Elena! Welcome to my travel blog Creativelena.com.
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#EnjoyGermanNature: The idyllic island of Rügen along the Baltic Sea Coast.

Eine Tüte Urlaub – One bag filled with vacation. I turn over the little bag on my lap, smiling as I can feel the soft sand through its plastic cover. A small yellow paper umbrella throws a hint of shade on two tiny shells, all sealed with the letters: “Eine Tüte Urlaub”. As well as the hashtag, #WirSindInsel. Greetings from the island of Rügen.

Of course, this “bag filled with vacation” immediately goes up on my Flickr online photo gallery. And confirms me in my thinking: The island of Rügen has to be quite a special place. They really do things differently here.

 

It is no surprise that we, as Austrians, love to go and visit the Baltic Sea Coast in northern Germany. Today, let me tell you just what makes the island of Rügen, in particular, so special.

Rügen is a nature paradise of a kind. I feel like UNESCO simply had to honour this spectacular force of nature, a unique combination of jurassic rock coastline, old beech tree forests and a turquoise sea below, with their World Heritage status for the protection of its natural heritage.

“Dear Gudrun, please have me stay longer next time will you ..?”, I tell my friend & local tourism expert Gudrun Krüger, who has offered to take me around feeding my curiosity for the day. Bit by bit, I come to understand the natural pride of the people there, and just why everybody travelling to the Baltic Sea should really also go to Rügen.

Check this out.

 

Die Ostsee-Insel Rügen (hier im Blick das Ostseebad Binz) ...

The island of Rügen (as in, the small spa resort town of Binz) …

 

... ist sowohl für Kulinarik-Fans ...

… is a paradise for foodies …

 

... als auch Naturliebhaber ein echtes Reiseparadies: Blick auf den berühmten Kreidefelsen Rügens ganz nahe des Königsstuhl in Sassnitz.

… as much as it is for nature lovers: Take this view, for instance, right by the famous Königsstuhl coastline near Sassnitz.

 

Where to eat in Rügen, then? Go wine & dine yourself at the organic restaurant meerSalz at the Meersinn hotel in Binz.

Today still, I can taste the friendly atmosphere as well as the excellent cuisine offered by the organic restaurant at the Upstalsboom hotel Meersinn. If you consider coming here, do make a point of booking a table: Places fill up, and it really is something I can recommend to you full-heartedly!

Ein Paradies für Feinschmecker ...

A gourmet’s paradise …

 

... ist das Bio-Restaurant meerSalz mit seiner feinen Fisch-Küche im Ostseebad Binz.

… that’s what the organic seaside restaurant meerSalz is here in Binz.

 

Zur Sommerszeit ist hier in Binz dann auch mächtig was los ...

Right now, at the height of summer, Binz has a lot going for itself …

 

... eine gute erste Anlaufstelle ist das vor kurzem neu eröffnete "Haus des Gastes" ...

… go get your first orientation and information at the local “Haus des Gastes” tourist information …

 

... danke, Gudrun, für die schöne "Tüte Urlaub" auf Rügen! :D

… thank you, dear Gudrun, for your “bag filled with vacation” (Eine Tüte Urlaub!) here in Rügen! 😀

 

Where to go & what to see? Head over to the local Tree Top Walk as well as the historic documentation centre in Prora.

Over the past couple of years, I have visited quite a few tree top walks around, among them one along the Great Ocean Road near Melbourne as well as one closer to home, in the country of Salzburg in Austria. But the Tree Top Walk in Rügen is different from the rest. Why? Because it a) naturally seems to “wrap itself” around an extraordinarily tall tree and b) offers views of a kind from its top viewing platform. Off you go to “Strandstraße 1” then …

... wo einem schon von weitem dieses "Top-Erlebnis" entgegenblickt ...

… where you can catch a glimpse of this spectacular nature attraction …

 

... von dem man ...

… even from a distance …

 

... traumhafte Rundum-Blicke genießen kann!

… and looking out upon the sea shore!

 

Wer's ruhiger mag ...

Come right out here if you prefer the peace and quiet …

 

... wandert sogleich ...

… that a natural forest walk like this implies …

 

... in den mächtig schönen Buchenwäldern entlang der Küste, hier auf dem Weg zum berühmten Kreidefelsen & Königsstuhl im Nationalpark Jasmund auf Rügen.

… hiking among the mighty beech tree forests in the national park Jasmund in Rügen.

 

Schließlich bietet das Dokumentationszentrum Prora ...

Finally, the historic documentation centre Prora …

 

... allen historisch Interessierten mächtig Nachschub für Geschichte mit Geschichte(n): Hier wollte das NS-Regime eines der größten Kuranlagen für Arbeiter bauen, werden heute luxuriöse (Ferien)Wohnungen eingerichtet.

… offers a monument of a kind, raised at a time and age where Hitler’s regime wanted to build a huge spa camp for workers here, and whose remnants are now gradually being turned into (holiday) homes for interested vacationists.

 

Where else to go? Go get touchy feely with whales, penguins & the likes at the Ocean Museum in Stralsund.

Last but not least, do make a point of visiting the so-called Ozeaneum with its attractive variety of sea creatures, fish, octopus, even penguins (!) in the hanseatic town of Stralsund. The city with its historic centre offers a perfect stopover on any trip to or from the island of Rügen, and easily lends itself to being explored further. 

Wunderschönes Stralsund ...

Beautiful Stralsund …

 

... mit der Möglichkeit, die Stadtansicht um Pinguine vor der Linse (!) zu erweitern ...

… with the possibility of combining a city view with a penguin sunbathing on the ocean museum’s terrace …

 

... sowie auch sonst im Ozeaneum von Stralsund ...

… as well as plenty of other creatures at the many aquaria of Stralsund …

 

... mächtige Heereslebewesen zu bestaunen, wie hier im großen Saal der Wale & Tiefsee-Giganten.

… including mighty deep sea creatures in this particularly fascinating exhibition hall.

 

Check out exactly where we are right here on this map:

 

Ostsee-Zauber ...

Baltic sea culture …

 

... Du nimmst mich ...

… you really have a way of getting to me …

 

... wieder & wieder ganz & gar gefangen: Ich komme hoffentlich schon sehr bald wieder !!

… in all your unique beach glory: Please have me come back soon again !!

 

And because there can never be enough beach huts (“Strandkörbe”) on a Baltic Sea beach, my previous post here whisks you away to exploring even more of the Baltic Sea Coast, from Rostock to Wustrow.

Check out my colourful image gallery from this Baltic Sea summer trip here:

 

See you soon in North-Eastern Germany!

 

Disclaimer: I have been invited by the German National Tourist Board to ” #EnjoyGermanNature ” on this nature trip to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. All opinions are my own.

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