Germany's largest island - its sandy beaches, chalk cliffs, charming architecture and poplar trees helped make it a favourite Baltic pleasure spot during the 19th and 20th Centuries. It even has its own national park, Jasmund, so the interior, fringed by that long coastline, is both lush and protected. The best places to stay in Rugen are great bases to enjoy all the fabulous outdoor life that this charming island has to offer.
As well as being a haven for outdoor sports - Rügen offers all sorts of land-based activities, from golf, to climbing, to canoeing to hot air ballooning, and possibly every water-based activity you can imagine, even diving. Rügen is home to some sights of historic interest, including Prora, where the Nazis were planning to make the world's largest holiday camp.
As you can imagine the best places to stay in Rugen get booked up well in advance during the summer season (this is the equivalent to Brighton beach for Berliners), so plan ahead and book early.
Ostseebad Binz/Rügen, Rugen
A good four star option on the German Baltic Coast. An interesting architectural building set on the beach with an excellent spa and contemporary design rooms, suites, and apartments. International cuisine, family friendly accommodation, all the mod cons. Ideal for a family beach holiday.
Designer 5* hotel on the beach. Interiors are chic with large French windows, smoked-oak wood parquet floors, opulent bathrooms and linen furnishings. Indoor pool, spa, saunas. Fantastic gourmet menus and romantic bar. Ideal for a different kind of beach break on this unusual German island.