- Insel Rügen: The gorgeous Island of Rügen is the largest island in Germany with stunning white cliffs along light blue water. The pier of Sellen is Iconic and jets out into the sea, twinkling into the night. We hiked around the Jasmund National Park, which is a thick and vast forest. Popular food on the Island that is a must try is spicy “rote” soup with mussels and herring along with Fischbrotchen. We stopped along our drive and had the best fish sandwiches right off a fishing boat (watch out for the seagulls, they’re savage).
2. The Lovely Village of Prerow: We stayed in Prerow which is a quiet town, filled with adorable colorful houses, great bike lanes, and the cutest beach restaurants. With stunning sandy white beaches, blue striped lounge huts, the village is a hidden gem on Germany’s Baltic Sea. The houses are thatched roofed and so charming. Rent a bike and ride around town!
3. The History: The history is very much alive along the the Baltic Sea ranging from Middle Age churches to places remanent of a GDR past. The little town of Stralsund is what separates Germany from the Island of Rügen to the main land. The UNESCO World Heritage sight is lovely to walk around on your road trip to the sea. Another fascinating site was Prora, building began right before WWII and then was halted at the beginning of the war. The massive complex (featured below on the left) was supposed to be the largest holiday retreat for Germany, but it was never completed. The eerie grounds of the buildings are free to walk around and explore.
4. Rural Charm: Our drive from Berlin to Prerow was filled with rolling green hills, quaint German villages, seaside fishing ports, and countless forrests. I’ve learned from living in Germany that the road trips aren’t always about the destination but exploring what each little village along the way has to offer. It’s so nice to warm up in a quiet family-owned restaurant and try the local food. Germany is famous for its coffee and cake, so there is never a shortage of afternoon treats!
5. German Beer: We grabbed some Störtebeker along from a roadside stand for less than 2 euros to take down to the beach one us. Germany is known for it’s beer and typically sell local brews for very affordable prices. For a country that likes “following the rules”, most brewers still adhere to the very dated “Purity Law”- stating that the beer can only contain water, hops, malt, and alter yeast. The rules have since been changed in the 21st century but some brew masters still follow it. When you order “ein Bier, bitte” the bartender usually won’t ask what kind you want but simply bring you the local brew.