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Off the Pomerian coast of Germany, in the Baltic Sea, you will find a place that is truly a walkers’ paradise. – Rugen Island.
Just over 50 kilometres long, it is German’s biggest island and is linked to the mainland by both road and rail, courtesy of a bridge and a causeway.
Rugen Island offers a magical coastal walk of beaches and cliffs with some history thrown in just for good measure.
The particular walk we have chosen is along the island’s north east shore, starting from the pier at Binz and taking you across a sweeping bay to Sassnitz, once the island’s principal resort.
This takes you into Jasmund National Park where you follow a route along the base of the chalk cliffs, one of the many beautiful features along the way. Another is the high point of Victoria Sicht, a spectacular view named after Queen Victoria.
The ultimate goal on the walk is to reach the legendary Konigsstuhl – the King’s Chair – which is the highest cliff on the coast. In bygone days contenders to the throne had to prove their worth by scaling the cliff, armed only with a knife!
Julia’s verdict: The views here are a sicht for sore eyes!