Tour 2: The Baltic Sea islands Rügen and Usedom and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Stralsund
Two islands and world heritage hanseatic town
Route: Hanseatic town of Stralsund – Rügen island: Jasmund National Park, Prora, Binz Baltic Sea resort – UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site Stralsund – Usedom island: Heringsdorf Baltic Sea resort, Ahlbeck Baltic Sea resort
Explore the famous chalk rocks in Jasmund National Park on Germany’s largest island, Rügen and stroll between the past and present at the 4.5 kilometre long Prora building, which was designed during the National Socialists era as a recreational facility and also houses a hotel alongside flats, holiday apartments and various museums today.
At the Rügen Natural Heritage Centre you stroll through lush beech forests on a treetop walk and enjoy an impressive view over the Baltic Sea, vast forest areas and protected lagoons from the 40 metre high viewing tower. On a guided tour in Binz Baltic Sea resort you find out all about the grand white villas in resort architecture style with white and richly decorated loggias that were the holiday homes of city dwellers who used to come to the Baltic Sea for the summers in the 19th century.
From Rügen island we then get right to the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Hanseatic town of Stralsund during a guided tour of the old town.
On the way back to Berlin the trip then takes us to Usedom island. From the seaside resort of Heringsdorf we head along the beach and promenade to the seaside resort of Ahlbeck next door. Both the seaside resorts are part of the Usedom imperial spas and impress with their piers and resort architecture villas.