The beech grove of Rügen At the beginning of September, I spent four days at the coast of Eastern Germany – Darß to be precise. I had never been there before and only knew the Baltic Sea from one vacation in Danmark in the 1990s and the year abroad in Sweden. In my mind, I always regarded it as dull as compared to the North Sea with its much rougher climate.
The weather was rather not so nice. It was pretty gloomy and rainy for a good part of the time. There was still a lot to explore. The chalk cliff of Rügen is facinating although the tree cover is quite high and you hardly ever get to see the cliff itself. Also, since the stairs which led down to the beach at the central section were damaged by erosion in 2016, you cannot get down to the bottom of the cliff anymore. There does not seem to be any solution anytime soon. You can drive to either end of the cliff (i.e. Lohme or Sassnitz) but then its a quite long walk until you reach the stunning part of the cliff and you have to walk all the way back. The beach is covered with rocks and pebbles! The cliff and the surrounding nature was stunning anyways. In the evening, I visited Stralsund. It is a pretty city. It is basically the gate to Rügen. However, since it was raining there again, I did not take any pictures.
On the next day, I rode to Darßer Ort which is the heart of the national park in the area. It is the northernmost part of the peninsula and the beach is shaped by the erosion at other parts of the coast. Later that day, the sun finally came out so I could go for another walk at a beach in a nearby village…
In the end, it was a nice trip – despite the rain. Again, I noticed where I belong. I love the sea, I love the beaches… and it does not matter whether it is the Nort Sea or the Baltic Sea. I always long to be at either coast. There is no other place where I find as much calm and relaxation. 🙂