Isle of Rügen
With its greatly structured coastline the isle of Rügen is particularly interesting for sailors. With some 940 km² it is the largest island of Germany. Over twelve “Bodden” (lagoon-like waters) are connected up to each other by small bays, lakes and rivers and finally join up with the Baltic Sea. Former fishermen‘s villages come up with idyllic moorings and guests are welcomed by comfortable marinas. Like in an archipelago, the peninsulas Wittow, Jasmund, Mönchgut, Zudar and Drigge surround the heartland. The isle Hiddensee and a number of smaller islands add to the diversity of the area. In the Bodden – inland lakes with an opening to the Baltic Sea, you find lonely moorings in the very centre of unadulterated and pure nature. In the northeast the forests reach all the way down to the famous chalk cliffs.
In well-buoyaged fairways and the larger Bodden waters navigation is easy. The fish traps and gillnets of the fishermen have to be paid attention to, some shallows and the large distances between the ports. West winds dominate and high seas have to be expected. On the Greifswald Bodden we find almost sea-like conditions even though it is almost encircled by land. Already the romanticists loved the mystic beauty of the Isle of Rügen which, still to this day, shapes its appearance. The mundane Baltic resorts of Binz, Sellin and Göhren are, however, just as attractive as are small fishermen‘s villages in the Bodden countryside or the Hanseatic city Stralsund with its brick architecture and its modern maritime museums.