The raised coastal path of Jasmund
Rügen's chalk coast is certainly one of the top sights for many tourists visiting the island. The views of the chalk coast and the Baltic Sea is one of the most amazing experiences of any activity holiday.
Besides visiting the Königsstuhl (King's Throne), the most famous of the chalk cliffs, hiking along the raised coastal path from Sassnitz to Lohme with its magical views of the chalk coast and the Baltic Sea is one of the most amazing experiences of any activity holiday.
The hiking tour starts at the car park in Wedding/ Sassnitz. From there, the trail leads along the steep coast of the Baltic Sea. The path to the Königsstuhl passes the Wissower Klinken, reputed to have been the inspiration for the romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich's famous "Chalk Cliffs on Rügen", and the banks known as the Kieler Ufer. From the lookout point, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Sicht, the raised coastal path runs through the beech forests of UNESCO's world heritage site.
On the way to the Königsstuhl, there are three staircases that lead down to the pebble beach of the Baltic Sea, offering a marvellous view of the steep coastline in all its glory and the opportunity to collect a few fossils. Afterwards, it's best to go back up to the raised coastal path as there is a risk of the chalk cliffs crumbling at various points on the bank.
Once the Königsstuhl has been reached, the famous chalk cliffs can be admired from the Victoria viewpoint. Then head on to the National Park Centre KÖNIGSSTUHL and discover all about the development of Rügen's chalk coastline and its flora and fauna. Should the visit take longer than expected, you can take a bus from the National Park Centre back to Sassnitz or continue hiking along the raised coastal path to Lohme. A bus also leaves to Sassnitz from there.
By the way, a jury panel from Wandermagazin (a German hiking magazine) selected the Raised Coastal Path Jasmund in the day tours category as the third most beautiful hiking trail in Germany in 2012, fighting off competition from the low and high mountain range trails. Hiking to the sea is just that little bit different... Try it yourself!
Information on bus connections: www.vvr-bus.de