Destination guide

Slip into island time on Rügen

Forget visions of fairytale castles and gingerbread villages. Rügen will challenge everything you thought you knew about Germany. Set in the Baltic Sea, this picturesque island is surrounded by white sandy beaches, soaring sea cliffs and sparkling bays. Venture inland and you'll find grassy pastures and a patchwork of oak, chestnut and elm forests. The island has been luring vacationers since the 19th century, with the likes of Albert Einstein and Caspar David Friedrich escaping to its shores. While you could easily daytrip from Stralsund, Rügen vacation rentals will ensure you slip straight into island time.

Things to do

Explore Rügen's dramatic Jasmund National Park

Rügen's natural beauty is immortalized at Jasmund National Park, where you'll find dramatic seascapes like the King's Chair. A lofty viewing platform commands sweeping views over the chalky white cliffs. Resorts such as Sassnitz are a favorite with families, with a handful of attractions to explore. Don't miss HMS Otus, a Royal Navy Oberon-class submarine that now houses a fascinating maritime museum. Planning a family getaway to Sassnitz? With kitchenettes, spacious living areas and private patios, family-sized Rügen vacation rentals provide a dream setting for sun-splashed island escapes.


Sun, sand and smoked seafood in Rügen

For most visitors, Rügen represents an opportunity to escape the mainland and reconnect with nature. Rügen vacation rentals make it easy to recharge your batteries, with stone-clad cottages, complete with sunny terraces and gorgeous Baltic Sea views. For a lively scene, base yourself in Binz. The seaside resort lures sun seekers with sugar-white sand, Victorian villas and a breezy waterfront esplanade, also known as Strandpromenade. Unsurprisingly, Rügen reels in sumptuous seafood. Smoking fish since 1900, Fischraucherei Kuse is the island's signature fishmonger. Enjoy a meal on the terrace or head down to the beach for a seafood picnic.


Discover Rügen in every season

Most visitors arrive in the summer, when Rügen enjoys long days and warm weather. Temperatures hover around the 70s, which makes June, July and August ideal for swimming, sunbathing and beach hopping around the island. While it's not always warm enough to swim, spring and fall can be rewarding times to visit. Cooler weather is ideal for coastal hikes, scenic kayaking trips and seasonal bird-watching. In winter, why not bundle up for windswept beach walks and cozy nights by the fireplace?

Natural features

Sandy beaches and soaring sea cliffs in Rügen

While it sits just a few miles off Germany's Pomeranian coast, Rügen feels world's away from the mainland. With over 350 miles of coastline to explore, there is no shortage of beaches on Rügen. As well as seaside resorts like Bitz and Sassnitz, you'll also find a treasure trove of hidden bays and coves, not to mention the soaring chalky sea cliffs for which the island is famous. The hiking is fantastic, with scenic trails winding through beech forests, elm groves and oak woodlands. Look up and you could spot white-tailed eagles soaring overhead.

Where to stay around Rügen?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 8,850 vacation rentals near Rügen. From 1,216 Houses to 97 Bungalows, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Rügen for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Rügen?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Rügen. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Denmark: 15,939 vacation rentals
  • Baltic Sea: 48,580 vacation rentals
  • Garz: 3,170 vacation rentals
  • Scandinavia: 30,391 vacation rentals
  • Binz: 6,761 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Rügen! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Rügen?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Rügen:

  • Garz: 3,170 rentals
  • Binz: 6,761 rentals
  • Stralsund: 788 rentals
  • Sassnitz: 4,924 rentals
  • Zingst: 2,221 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Rügen?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Rügen. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ostseebad Binz Station: 7,831 rentals
  • Pirate Island of Ruegen: 8,117 rentals
  • Vorpommern Lagoon Area National Park: 3,511 rentals
  • Ruegen Park Gingst: 6,551 rentals
  • Binz Pier: 7,786 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Rügen listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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