The island of Rügen offers so many different attractions and activities for children that the word “variety” simply isn’t enough. The first of these attractions is the island’s scenery which features both rolling hills in the bodden lagoon landscape and a spectacular chalk coast. These are joined by still waters perfect for canoeing and the Baltic Sea with its wind and waves. Getting children to come and explore the island of Rügen shouldn’t pose any problems at all thanks to exciting adventures and excellent natural experiences, which will definitely make their eyes light up.
Exploring the Island by bike
Rügen’s well-developed network of cycle paths and tarmacked village roads will take you to harbour festivals, colourful markets or mysterious burial mounds. The island’s climbing parks, summer toboggan runs and fun sport facilities are also very popular. Nevertheless, experiences requiring muscle power only represent a fraction of what the island of Rügen has to offer for families with children. A multitude of holiday homes, hotels and guesthouses are all tailored to suit the needs of younger visitors. On top of this, every Baltic resort that values its reputation has achieved the “Gustav” certification, a seal of approval in the form of a fish awarded to particularly family-friendly locations. Another top highlight, of course, is the island’s 60 kilometres of top-quality sandy beaches offering lifeguarded seaside fun, children’s entertainment and many activities that children can enjoy while their parents sit back relax and enjoy the sun.
The Treetop Trail, Eagle Show and Dinosaur World
As an exciting alternative to a day at the beach, Rügen also offers visitors a variety of sights and attractions that provide a fascinating and enjoyable insight into the beauty of the island. A particularly impressive way to discover the nature of the island of Rügen is the “Naturerbe Zentrum Prora” (the Prora natural heritage centre), where visitors can see birds out in the open. The Baumwipfelpfad (“Treetop Trail”), which is a total of 1250 metres long, gently but consistently, climbs up above the alder and beech trees of the mixed forest. The 40-metre-high observatory tower is designed in the style of an eyrie and will take you to a height of 82 metres above sea level, where you can view the landscape of the island of Rügen in its full splendour/ glory. Visitors who want to experience life in primeval times should head to the Dinosaurierland (“Dinosaur World”) near the town of Sagard on the Jasmund peninsula. The attraction uses lifelike dinosaur models to retrace the historical development of the first animals to roam on the earth at the heart of the natural landscape. The “alaris Schmetterlingspark” (the Alaris butterfly park), on the other hand, boasts a tropical atmosphere that provides the perfect living environment for these adorable insects with beautiful wings in this open structure.
Störtebeker and the Eagles
A holiday on the island of Rügen simply isn’t complete without seeing Störtebeker. On the open-air stage in the town of Ralwiek, right next to the Großer Bodden lagoon, Klaus Störtebeker and his “Likedeeler” comrades fight for survival and for justice in the world. Children particularly enjoy the pyrotechnical effects and fiery horses on the show’s large stage. Another special experience is the eagle show that takes place two hours before the Störtebeker performance, which features the professional falconer Volker Walter and his very own eagles, falcons and buzzards in a breath-taking flight show. When exploring Rügen, you’ll soon realise that on this island, nature really is everywhere. Nevertheless, simply joining a ranger in a walk through the Granitz or taking a torch to visit the forest’s Schwarzer lake is a wonderful experience in itself.