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Rügen is located in northeastern Germany in the Baltic Sea and its shape is distinguished by many smaller peninsulas. The core landmass is called Muttland, major peninsulas in the North are Wittow, and Jasmund, connected to each other by the Schaabe landbridge and to Muttland by the Schmale Heide landbridge, a dam at Lietzow and the Wittower Fähre ferry. The northern peninsulas are separated from Muttland by several Bodden, the largest of which are Großer Jasmunder Bodden and Kleiner Jasmunder Bodden. Major peninsulas in the South are Zudar and Mönchgut, both facing the Bay of Greifswald. The Rügendamm bridge, which connects the island by road and rail with the city of Stralsund on the mainland, crosses over the Strelasund.

Two of Germany's national parks are on the Isle of Rügen: Western Pomerania Lagoon Area National Park in the west (also including Hiddensee) and Jasmund National Park, a smaller park including the famous chalk cliffs (Königsstuhl). There is also nature reserve, Southeast Rügen Biosphere Reserve, consisting of the peninsulas in the southeast.

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  • Rügen
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    Rügen or Rugia is Germany's largest island. It is located in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Rügen is located in one of the most popular holiday and recreation areas within Germany, comprising such seaside resorts as Binz and…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Binz Rügen
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    Binz Rügen

    Rügen or Rugia is Germany's largest island. It is located in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Rügen makes up the principal part of the Rügen District, which also includes the neighboring islands Hiddensee and Ummanz, as well…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Sassnitz
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    Sassnitz is a town on the Jasmund peninsula, Rügen Island, in the Federal State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. The population at the end of 2006 was 10,747.  [ + ] More Details

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  • Neuenkirchen (Rügen)
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    Neuenkirchen (Rügen)

    Neuenkirchen is a municipality in the district of Rügen, in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Neuenkirchen is situated on two peninsulas between the Tetzitzer Lake and the Great Jasmunder Bodden.  [ + ] More Details

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  • Göhren
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    Göhren is a Baltic resort and vacation town on the eastern shore of Rügen Island in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Clear water, pure air, beautiful beaches; opportunities to go walking, kayaking, cycling and sailing—all this and more…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Cape Arkona
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    Cape Arkona

    Cape Arkona (German: Kap Arkona) is a cape on the island of Rügen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Cape Arkona is the tip of the Wittow peninsula, just a few kilometres north of the Jasmund National Park.  [ + ] More Details

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  • Richtenberg
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    Richtenberg is a municipality in the Vorpommern-Rügen district, in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. It is situated 18 km southwest of Stralsund.  [ + ] More Details

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  • Franzburg
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    Franzburg (German pronunciation: [ˈfʁantsbʊʁk]) is a municipality in the Vorpommern-Rügen district of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. It is situated 20 km southwest of Stralsund. Before the Protestant Reformation, later Franzburg was the site of…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Thiessow
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    Thiessow is a municipality in the Vorpommern-Rügen district, in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.   [ + ] More Details

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  • Glowe
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    Glowe is a municipality in the district of Rügen, in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.  [ + ] More Details

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Most Popular Destinations in Germany

Germany has numerous cities of interest to tourists; these are the top nine travel destinations:

Berlin - the reunified and reinvigorated capital of Germany; known for its division during the Cold War - and the Berlin Wall. Today its a metropolis of diversity with elegant clubs, galleries and traditional restaurants. It is also a haven for shoppers.

Bremen - one of the most important cities in northern Germany, its old town will be of interest to travelers who want a slice of history.

Cologne - Germany's fourth-largest city. Cologne was founded by the Romans and is 2000 years old with its huge cathedral, Romanesque churches, and archaeological sites. Cologne also well known for its carnival and its Christopher-Street-Day parade. Don't forget to try the local cuisine and of course the local beer, called "Kölsch".

Dresden - once called Florence on the Elbe, and world-famous for its Frauenkirche and historic center which was destroyed during the war, the city offers more than what the average traveller can expect: Great festivals, all kinds of cultural entertainment, vibrant night life, and surrounded by beautiful natural vistas. Dresden hosts the Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden State Art Collections) which is one of the world's most impressive museums and collections. The art collections consist of eleven museums, of which the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister and the Grünes Gewölbe are the most well-known.

Dusseldorf - Germany's capital of fashion, the capital city of North Rhine-Westphalia offers a wide scale of fascinating new architecture. Right along the shores of river Rhine, the "Altstadt" and the "Medienhafen" are among the best places in Germany to enjoy a vibrant nightlife. Being one of the country's wealthiest cities, the atmosphere is very pleasant. Germans call it "the only metropolis ending with -dorf (German for village)".

Frankfurt - Germany's leading financial center, transportation hub, seat of the European Central Bank (ECB), international trade fair center (Book Fair, Motor Show), hub of multicultural activity (30% Immigrants), and site of numerous world-class museums and theaters. It is also Germany's only city with enough skyscrapers to have a skyline.

Hamburg - Germany's second-largest city, famous for its harbour as well as its liberal and tolerant culture. Don't miss the Reeperbahn with its night clubs and casinos. Hamburg is also popular for its many musicals.

Hannover - One of Germany's newer tourist cities, having hosted various international events in recent times.

Munich - Bavaria's beautiful capital city and Southern Germany's primate city. Third largest city in Germany, Munich is the site of the famous Oktoberfest and the gateway to the Alps.

Nuremberg - Second largest city in Bavaria, after WW2 over 90% of the old-town was destroyed. Today it has already been reconstructed, including the Gothic Kaiserburg Castle (Emperor's Castle of the Holy Roman Empire of German Nation). You can also visit the Nazi party rally grounds, the Documentation Centre and Courtroom 600 - venue of the Nuremberg Trails.

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