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Das Seebad in Binz, Bild: Sina Ettmer Photography / shutterstock

The most beautiful seaside resorts on Rügen

Rügen is one of the most popular travel destinations in this country and offers some of the most beautiful seaside resorts on the German Baltic Sea coast. The five most famous seaside resorts on Rügen are Baabe, Binz, Göhren, Sellin and Thiessow, in the southeast of Germany’s largest island. But the bustling port town of Sassnitz is also well worth a visit. Here, miles of sandy and pebble beaches are paired with stylish spa architecture and cosy beach chairs. In the vicinity of the seaside resorts, a varied nature invites you to go hiking and cycling. Numerous excursion options and attractions enrich your stay in one of the traditional seaside resorts on Rügen. For example, the narrow-gauge steam railway “Rasender Roland” connects some of the seaside resorts on Rügen with each other.


Binz is the most famous and at the same time most sophisticated seaside resort on Rügen. It has a kilometre-long white sandy beach and is the largest holiday resort on the entire island. In the centre of Binz stretches the spa square with the pier. Every year in September, the entertaining Seebrückenfest takes place here. In the summer months, there are open-air concerts on the Kurplatz almost every day. The striking Kurhaus, now an elegant hotel, is also enthroned there. The Granitz hunting lodge invites you to take an excursion in the area around Binz. From the extravagant central tower, the view sweeps far over the lovely landscape of Rügen. It is even the most visited castle in the entire state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

From Binz, holidaymakers can quickly reach Prora, known for the “Giant of Prora”, a 4.5-kilometre-long holiday resort for 20,000 people once built by the Nazis. In the meantime, the facility has been transformed into one of the most exciting renovation projects in Germany. The Rügen Oldtimer Museum is also worth a visit, where Europe’s largest steam locomotive can be admired.

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Rügen, Baltic Sea resort Sellin
Ostseebad Sellin, Image: LaMiaFotografia / shutterstock

The pretty pier of Sellin can rightly be considered one of the most beautiful piers along the entire German Baltic Sea coast. The elegant bridge house was built in the style of spa architecture and now houses a restaurant. The first hotel in Sellin opened its doors as early as 1887. At the end of the pier, a diving gondola allows insights into the underwater world.

In Wilhelmstraße, several villas in the style of spa architecture are lined up. It ends at the up to 30-metre-high cliffs, from where it is only a stone’s throw to the pier, which can be reached via a wooden staircase or comfortably by lift. In the Amber Museum, the only one of its kind on Rügen, you can learn more about the “Gold of the Baltic Sea”.

Near Sellin, the wooded ridge of the Granitz stretches between the Baltic Sea and Lake Sellin. Numerous cycling and hiking routes lead through the area wooded by beech and sessile oaks.


Göhren inspires guests with two long beaches. The relaxed resort and Kneipp spa has a spacious promenade with magnificent arcades, refreshing water features and interesting themed gardens. Around the spacious spa square and in the flower-lined spa garden, you can take a wonderful stroll. A pier is not missing in Göhren as well as in the other well-known seaside resorts on Rügen. The seaside resort is considered particularly family-friendly; Families with children can expect many great fun and games here, fine sandy and supervised beaches with many leisure activities for an entertaining beach holiday on the Baltic Sea beach. A beautiful mini golf course or, more precisely, an adventure golf course directly by the sea also contributes to this. In August, the Viking Beach Festival takes place in Göhren.


The beach of Baabe on Rügen
The beach of Baabe on Rügen, Image: Pawel Kazmierczak / shutterstock

The former fishing village of Baabe has a small historic village centre and, like the other seaside resorts, has a fine white sandy beach. In the village, traditional houses with thatched roofs and old villas in the style of spa architecture are mixed. Highlights during a stay in Baabe include a visit to the cabaret theatre “Lachmöwe”. Political satire and varied cuisine form a fruitful combination here. Classical concerts delight guests in the so-called “sounding church”, which has unique acoustics due to its construction.

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Thiessow impresses above all with its cozy flair. Here, on the Mönchsgut peninsula, nature has formed many branching headlands and romantic bays. The Baltic Sea resort of Thiessow is also located on such a headland. The dreamy landscape between the Baltic Sea and the Greifswald Bodden has already enchanted many visitors. The sea nestles into the village from three sides. A cycle path connects Thiessow with the hinterland and the other seaside resorts on the island of Rügen. The location has the advantage for holidaymakers that they will find a wide range of water sports here even more than in the other seaside resorts.


The bustling port town of Sassnitz and the second largest municipality on Rügen differs a little from the previously presented seaside resorts, but is no less inviting for swimming and strolling by the sea. Economically, everything here revolves around Rügen Fisch, the largest German producer of canned fish, and the port in nearby Mukran. Sassnitz also has a city harbour, which is connected to the city centre by a 270-metre-long pedestrian suspension bridge. Spa architecture also characterises the face of Sassnitz. At the gates of Sassnitz stretches the Jasmund National Park with the famous chalk cliffs of Rügen. In the Königsstuhl National Park Centre, which was opened in 2004, there is only a fantastic viewing platform, but also an interactive exhibition including a multivision cinema. Between Sassnitz and Binz stretches the wide bay of the Prorer Wiek with fantastic sandy beaches.

Nature, adventure, culture and culinary delights offer a suitable holiday experience for every holidaymaker in the seaside resorts on Rügen. This applies to families with children, but also to nature lovers and art lovers.