(German: Rügen) or Rugia is Germany's largest island.
is located in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Rügen makes up the vast part of the Rügen District, which also
includes the neighboring islands Hiddensee and Ummanz, as well as several
small islands. Rügen is located in one of the most popular holiday
and recreation areas within Germany, comprising such seaside resorts as
Binz and Sellin and has more tourists per resident than any other location
Rügen is located in
northeastern Germany in the Baltic Sea and its shape is distinguished by
many smaller peninsulas. The Rügendamm bridge, which connects the
island by road and rail with the city of Stralsund on the mainland, crosses
over the Strelasund. There are also ferry connections from Stralsund, Greifswald
The climate is in the temperate
zone. The winters are not particularly cold with mean temperatures in January
and February of 0.0 °C and the summers are cool with mean temperature
in August 16.3 °C. There is average rainfall of 520-560 mm and approximately
1800-1870 hours of sunshine annually.
Two of Germany's national
parks are on the Isle of Rügen: Vorpommern Lagoon Area National Park
in the west (also including Hiddensee) and Jasmund National Park, a smaller
park including the famous chalk cliffs (Königsstuhl). There is also
nature reserve, Southeast Rügen Biosphere Reserve, consisting of the
peninsulas in the southeast.
Rügen is one of the
most requested holiday destinations in Germany. The island has many popular
seaside resorts along the eastern coast, such as Binz, as well as quieter
locations in the west. Several of the holiday resorts are accessible via
a historic narrow gauge railway employing steam locomotives, called Rügensche
Kleinbahn. Tourists come both to enjoy the beaches and to explore the island's
The most popular locations
are Binz, Sellin, Sassnitz and Bergen auf Rügen as well as Cape Arkona.
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