Coastal protection

The island of Rügen is an organism

Barrows and cliffs, dark beech forests, medieval churches and skies above the Bodden landscape – these were the subjects of the painters who, apart from Caspar David Friedrich, included many other representatives of German Romanticism. They loved the primal in nature, if it was dangerous and inaccessible – all the better!

Coast on the move

How the cliff became a bathing beach.
Most holidaymakers on the island of Rügen visit Sellin because they love nature. Especially when it is pristine and there is little human interference in the natural processes. But the cliffs are also natural phenomena on the Baltic Sea. Flat sandy coasts, like Sellin’s south beach, were formed by break-offs. In the past 150 years, the coast in Sellin, as on all the cliffs on the island of Rügen, has receded by around 80 metres.

Coastal protection and safety

Various coastal protection measures and safety precautions ensure that you can enjoy a relaxed holiday despite the natural coastal dynamics. Clearly visible signs warn of possible dangers all over Rügen, which must be observed for your own safety. Depending on the weather, the KÖNIGSSTUHL National Park Centre publishes risk warnings at

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