The island of Ruegen has so much to offer that there are more than enough great sights to marvel at for a week-long holiday. And Altefaehr is an ideal starting point for discovery tours! Stralsund is just opposite and also Hiddensee is not far and directly accessible by ship.

The proximity to the mainland also makes excursions to other destinations on the Baltic Sea such as Darss and the island of Usedom or the two other Hanseatic cities of Greifswald and Rostock very attractive. The direct connection to the new federal road B96n allows you to reach the seaside resorts and coasts of the Baltic Sea quickly and comfortably on Ruegen.

A small selection of highlights can be found below and detailed information on the website of the island of Ruegen and the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Tourist Association.


The harbour of Stralsund

In the immediate vicinity of Altefaehr, namely only a short ferry crossing away, is the venerable Hanseatic city of Stralsund. Arrived in the harbour two highlights are waiting for you: The Ozeaneum with its huge aquariums and the museum ship Gorch Fock I. Only a short walk away is the historic old town with its many churches. There are great restaurants and shopping facilities. On the website of the Stralsund Tourist Office you will find all information about this beautiful town on the Sound.

Island of Hiddensee

The lighhouse from the island of Hiddensee

The beautiful island of Hiddensee can also be reached directly by ferry from Altefaehr via Stralsund. The car-free island is an official seaside resort and offers pure deceleration! The west side is a 13 km long, white sandy beach and in the north the area rises to the Dornbusch with its famous lighthouse. There is almost untouched nature, because the island belongs to the national park Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft. Lovely small pubs and cafés round off the offer. Let the island of Hiddensee enchant you!

Jasmund National Park

The Königsstuhl in Jasmund National Park

If you're on holiday on the island of Ruegen, you're sure not to miss one: The chalk coast in Jasmund National Park and a visit to the Königsstuhl. Majestically the white cliffs rise over 118 metres above the clear, blue Baltic Sea, nestled in a green beech forest. The brave can also walk down the coast, look for petrified fossils and admire the cliffs from below. You can find more information about the World Heritage on the National Park website.

Cape Arkona

The Cape Arkona

You can climb three towers at the northernmost point of the island of Ruegen: Enjoy the Schinkeltum, the lighthouse and the sighting tower and the wonderful view over the Baltic Sea and Ruegen. Cape Arkona was the sunniest place in Germany in 2013 and 2014 with over 2000 hours of sunshine! A staircase leads to the stone beach below the cliffs and the unique listed fishing village of Vitt is not far away and within walking distance of the Cape. Detailed information is available on the Cape Arkona website.

Beaches and seaside resorts

The Sellin pier

The island of Ruegen is famous for its white sandy beaches and the Baltic seaside resorts of Binz, Goehren, Sellin, Baabe and Thiessow. There are great restaurants on the pier and on the beach you can rent a wicker beach chair. The spa architecture of the villages simply creates a holiday atmosphere, and Binz and Sellin in particular are a little more fashionable. For those who like it a bit quieter away from the hustle and bustle in the seaside resorts, we recommend the beaches on the northern side of the island: Nonnevitz and the northern shore.


The beach of the Prora

The Prora is a long bay between Binz and Sassnitz and a district of the same name in the municipality of Binz. The buildings of the KdF seaside resort Ruegen are currently undergoing extensive renovation and the entire area is being developed for tourism. The wide, white sandy beach invites you to bathe and sunbathe or take a long walk between Binz and Sassnitz. For those interested in history there is the Prora Documentation Centre, which sheds light on the eventful history of Prora.