You can reach the island of Rügen by car via the A 20. Follow the Rügen turn-off to Stralsund. In Stralsund, the B 96 leads over the Rügen Bridge to Bergen.
From Bergen, continue on the B 196 towards Göhren/Thiessow to Sellin. When you arrive in Sellin, turn left into the main road. You will cross the level crossing of the "Rasender Roland" - the island's historic narrow-gauge railway.
Follow the main road into Granitzer Straße and after 100 metres turn left into Wilhelmstraße. On Wilhelmstraße, turn into the third cross-street on the right, Bergstraße. Follow the road past the neighbouring Hotel Bernstein and you will reach the Hotel Seeschloss.
For users of a navigation system, please enter "Am Hochufer 7" as your destination.
If you are arriving by train, we recommend Binz as the final stop.
Binz main station is only fifteen kilometres away. From here you can take a taxi directly to our hotel or take the bus to Sellin (bus stop Ort, Granitzer Straße). We are happy to help you book a taxi. Bus connections can be found at www.vvr-bus.de.
We wish you a pleasant journey.
Hotel Seeschloss Sellin
Inh. Kathrin Brombach
Am Hochufer 7
18586 Ostseebad Sellin
Tel +49 38303 1560
Fax +49 38303 156156
E-Mail: info seeschloss-sellin.de
Kap Arkona is a 45 m high cliff made of chalk and boulder clay in the north of the island of Rügen, on the Wittow peninsula.
Along with the fishing village of Vitt, the area monument Kap Arkona belongs to the municipality of Putgarten and is one of the most popular excursion destinations on Rügen, attracting around 800,000 visitors a year.
At the cape there are two lighthouses, the Slavic Jaromarsburg, 2 NVA bunkers which you can visit and some tourist buildings (restaurants, pubs, souvenir shops).
Kap Arkona is often called the "northernmost point of Rügen", but this is not quite true. About a kilometre further northwest is a point on the steep coast called Gellort, which is even further north. Directly at the foot of the Gellort is the boulder Siebenschneiderstein, which weighs 165 tonnes. The cape offers an unmistakable landscape which has been shaped by the wide sea, by steep banks and storms, and by characteristic coastal vegetation.
But also the imposing remains of the rampart of the legendary temple castle of Arkona as the most important testimony to Slavic cultural history in Germany, the historic beacon with the Schinkel lighthouse and the idyllic fishing village of Vitt have made Kap Arkona famous far and wide in Europe.
The municipality of Putgarten sees its tourism services primarily as a loan from nature and the landscape, which must be especially preserved and protected. The special trademark of Kap Arkona is that it is car-free. Limited parking is available at the lighthouses and in the manor house only during cultural events in the evening. The traffic-calmed zone throughout the municipality encloses the most sensitive areas on the cape, in Putgarten and in the historic fishing village of Vitt. Whether you come by bike, on foot, by creamer or with the Arkona Bahn - the large bus, car and caravan park with complete service facilities guarantees the preservation of the landscape conservation area.
Lighthouses and bearing tower
The smaller of the two lighthouses was built in brick in 1826/27 according to plans by Karl Friedrich Schinkel and put into operation in 1828. It is 19.3 m high and has a height of fire of 60 m above sea level. Rooms in the three-storey tower were used as service and storage rooms. It is also called the Schinkel Tower. It was decommissioned on 31 March 1905. It is the second oldest lighthouse on the German Baltic coast after the Travemünde lighthouse.
The larger tower was built in 1901/02 directly next to the old tower and was put into operation on 1 April 1905. It is 35 m high and has a fire height of 75 m above sea level. It is built of brick and stands on an octagonal granite base.
The former naval direction finder tower was built in brick in 1927 and served as a marine radio beacon. From 1911 to 1925, pioneering attempts had been made to improve navigation by emitting directional radio waves, especially for the Sassnitz-Trelleborg railway ferry line, which was established in 1909. For this purpose, large antenna fields had been erected inside the Jaromarsburg. The foundations of the associated radio operating station have been preserved in the interior of the rampart to this day. The technical equipment of the direction finding tower was destroyed in 1945.
All three towers were renovated in the early 1990s and are open to visitors. Today, the old lighthouse houses a museum and a branch of the registry office. Marriages performed here are immortalised by a small plaque in the ground in front of the tower. The bearing tower is used as an art museum and studio. Each tower has a viewing platform from which you have an unobstructed view over Rügen and especially the Wittow peninsula. On a clear day, you can even see as far as the Danish island of Møn.
Hiddensee is a small island off the west coast of Rügen. Hiddensee is about 17 km long and 250 m - 3.7 km wide.
Hiddensee is a car-free island. To get to the island, you can take a ferry from Schaprode. Another option is to book a guided boat trip with Reederei Kipp from Ralswiek or Breege and finally discover Germany's sunniest island. Departure times can be found in the brochure Reederei Kipp "Zur Insel Hiddensee".
On Hiddensee you can make very beautiful walks through the untouched nature or discover it by bike. Bicycles can be rented at the harbour on the island. "De Rüganer" offers a complete tour to Hiddensee, the coach would pick you up at the bus stop Sellin Granitzer Straße and drive you to Schaprode, from Schaprode you will be transferred by ferry and afterwards you can enjoy a guided walk on the island of Hiddensee. For reservations or questions, please contact your Seeschloss team.
The small fishing villages of Neuendorf, Vitte and Kloster are worth seeing. The small island also enchants with its beautiful nature and the lighthouse built in 1888 on the 72 m high Dornenbusch mountain. Hiddensee is definitely worth a visit.
Bergen is centrally located on Germany's largest island, Rügen. The town is situated in hilly terrain, directly on the north-eastern edge of the town the Rugard reaches a height of 91 m above sea level. The area around Bergen is largely agricultural. The town itself lies on a hill that was formed during the last ice age when the ice retreated.
The easiest way to get to Bergen is to take the RPNV public bus. There is a cinema in Bergen that shows current films. The cinema is next to the Real supermarket, which is signposted.
The Ernst-Moritz-Arndt Tower is located on the Rugard, from where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the entire island of Rügen. On the Rugard is the Kletterwald Rügen, here everyone will find something to suit their age, size and physical fitness. There is also an island toboggan run at Rugard, which is over 700 metres long and has a height difference of 27 metres. The track is surrounded by a beautiful forest meadow on a slope in the beech forest.
A few kilometres from Bergen there is a Rügenpark in Gingst. A unique miniature world awaits you there, with the entire island in miniature and many large world buildings such as the Eiffel Tower, the German Bundestag, the Sydney Theatre, etc. For the children, there is guaranteed to be lots of fun with the 15 fun and ride attractions.
If you drive from Bergen towards Stralsund, you can get to Güttin (approx. 8km southwest of Bergen). There is an airfield in Güttin where island sightseeing flights are offered (tel. 0383061289).
Another Rügen attraction is in Ralswiek, northeast of Bergen. The Störtebeker Festival is held there every year. The Klingbeil travel company "De Rüganer" offers a transfer to the stage, if you are interested you can enquire with our staff.
In the Baltic seaside resort you have many possibilities to make your holiday a dream holiday. The Sellin pier offers romantic hours at sunset. At the top of the pier, you have the opportunity to dive into the world of the seas with a diving gondola. It is also possible to start boat tours around the island from the pier. Wilhelmstraße is the small centre of the Baltic resort and has numerous restaurants ranging from Mexican to Russian cuisine. Wilhelmstraße connects to the Seepark. This invites you to relax and eat ice cream. The island paradise is also located in the Seepark. The outdoor pool offers balanced bathing fun for young and old.
In the Amber Museum you can look at amber stones and get additional information about them. The Amber Museum is located at the intersection of Wilhelmstraße and Granitzer Straße. If you want to switch off a bit, we recommend a walk through the wonderful Granitz. The Granitz is a beautiful mixed forest with many paved hiking trails, which are also very well signposted. In the Granitz there is the Black Lake with a famous legend. The forest is also good to explore by bike, you can take a nice bike ride to Binz, for example.
To relax, you can also rent a rowing boat at Lake Sellin. Lake Sellin is a Bodden lake connected to the Baltic Sea. Hiking enthusiasts can hike around Lake Sellin and take a ferry crossing to Baabe.
But also worth seeing are the districts of Moritzdorf, Altensien, Neuensien and Seedorf, which belong to Sellin and are the rural, idyllic counterpart to the pulsating life of the Baltic resort of Sellin. They are small villages situated on the shore on a ridge between Lake Sellin and Lake Neuensien. There is plenty of space, time and opportunity for extended walks here. A visit to Moritzburg Castle, on a hill near the Baab Beek, gives you a wide view over the Mönchgut peninsula. In the district of Altensien you will find the rebuilt mill. Because of its small size, the Bockwindmühle in Altensien is something very special - a small rural mill for grinding. The mill is intended to draw attention to an old craft and bring the history of milling in the south-east of the island of Rügen back to life in an exhibition in the tool shed. On weekly mill days, tasty bread is baked in a wood-fired oven for guests and visitors according to old Pomeranian recipes. You can also get to the districts with the Sellin local bus, which runs through the whole village.
With a stay in the Baltic resort of Göhren, you will definitely have a great day. In Göhren, as in Sellin, Binz and Baabe, you can admire the unique spa architecture. On the north beach there is a beautiful Kneipp garden where you can strengthen your vitality, e.g. with a new water treading pool or with an arm bath. Sometimes there are some variety shows, orchestra concerts or children's programmes in the spa park. The spa park with its spa shell is located on the amber promenade, which is about 50 metres from the Baltic Sea.
There are also a number of museums in Göhren, such as the Göhren Museum of Local History, the Museumshof, the Rookhus, and the museum ship "Luise". All museums provide information about traditions, ways of life and stories from the past.
Göhren also invites you to take a wonderful walk along the amber promenade to Baabe or a fascinating ride on the steam locomotive, the "Rasender Roland". With this train you can travel from Göhren to Putbus via Baabe, Sellin and Binz.
Of course, you can also reach Göhren comfortably by bus and car.
The Baltic resort of Binz is a 10-minute drive from Sellin. It is the largest Baltic seaside resort on the island of Rügen.
Binz is nestled in the north by the extensive woodlands of the Schmalen Heide and in the south by the Granitz. To the west, Binz nestles up against Lake Schmachter and to the east lies Prorer Wieck with its wide, white sandy beach. There is a beautiful pedestrian zone in Binz. Here you will find many restaurants, cafés and small shops and boutiques. The 3.2 km long beach promenade connects to the pedestrian zone. Villas and hotels built in the typical spa architecture line the way and offer the eye many playful ornaments such as turrets and oriels, which have shaped Binz and its appearance. The centre of the promenade is formed by the Kurhaus, the concert square with the pavilion and the pier.
Just outside Binz, on the 106 m high Tempelberg, is the hunting lodge, which is surrounded by the extensive beech forests of the Granitz. In the heyday of classicism, Wilhelm Malte I, Prince and Lord of Putbus, had the hunting lodge built by the famous Berlin architect Johann Gottfried Steinmeyer. After restoration work, the castle is one of the most visited excursion destinations on the island of Rügen. From the observation tower 144 metres above sea level, you have a wide panoramic view of the unique beauty of the Rügen landscape. A place to be mentioned with Binz is Prora. The seaside resort was a former KdF site. The Arial consists of eight blocks of identical buildings lined up along a length of 4.5 km near the beach. Today, the buildings are used for special exhibitions and museums. Some blocks have also been converted into hotels and youth hostels. There is also a 3.7-hectare ropes course on the grounds, which guarantees fun for the whole family.
Putbus (population around 5,000) is probably the most unusual town on the island of Rügen. The former residence of the uncrowned kings of Rügen, the princes and counts of Putbus, offers the finest architecture and a stately flair that stands in stark contrast to the otherwise rural surroundings. With a few exceptions, only Binz and Sellin can be compared to Putbus in terms of architecture. The Putbus Circus is unusual, a circular, thoroughly geometric square lined without exception by white-painted, two- to three-storey buildings. In the centre of the square is a 19-metre-high obelisk, to which eight small avenues lead radially. Another square is reached via Alleestraße, the rectangular, spacious market square. Among the many neo-classical buildings on this square, the one on the corner of Alleestraße stands out: the beautiful theatre, whose entrance hall is decorated with Doric columns and which seats 400 spectators inside. On the other side of Alleestraße is the impressive palace park, which was laid out in the style of English landscape gardens, including a large swan pond. This park was once the site of the castle of the Princes or Counts of Putbus, which was arbitrarily demolished in 1962. However, the orangery, stables and castle church are still preserved along with other buildings in the park. Incidentally, the orangery now serves as an interesting exhibition centre.
Putbus is the final stop of the "Rasender Roland". So you can also travel quite comfortably from Sellin to Putbus. Near Putbus is the town of Garz. Garz is located in the southeast of the island and is the oldest and smallest town on Rügen. The first documented mention of the town dates back to 1319.
Agriculture and small and medium-sized businesses still characterise the former agrarian town today. Another important point in the region is the small town of Lauterbach. It is characterised above all by its sailing harbour. Boats and yachts arrive here from all over. There is also the opportunity to learn the 1x1 of sailing in sailing schools here. The best way to put what you have learned into practice is to go on a sailing trip on the large Bodden waters around Lauterbach. The small island of Vilm lies directly off Lauterbach in the Greifswald Bodden.
In GDR times, Vilm was closed to the public because it was home to holiday homes for top politicians like Erich Honecker. Only a maximum of 30 people per day are allowed on the island under expert guidance. The island of Vilm is characterised by a diverse natural wealth that is unique in the southern Baltic Sea region. Almost all coastal forms of the southern Baltic Sea are present here and are interconnected by dynamic processes of erosion and land formation. On Vilm, nature has been able to develop in an untouched state as in only a few places in Germany. Forests of ancient oaks and stately beeches are among the most impressive forest images in all of northern Germany.
A national park is a protected area in which nature can develop largely undisturbed and as originally as possible. It is intended to encompass a large area with particularly valuable natural features, which is little influenced by humans and is no longer the target of economic use. As far as the conservation purpose allows, it should enable recreation, relaxation and natural history education for the general public. Only a few regions in Central Europe still fulfil these requirements. The Jasmund National Park is located between Sassnitz in the south and Lohme in the north. The national park area includes the forested ridge of the Stubnitz, which rises to 161 m above sea level and is mainly made of chalk limestone. Particularly striking for this national park and unique in Germany are the high chalk cliffs rising to 118 m at the Königsstuhl. Directly at the famous Königsstuhl chalk cliff, the Königsstuhl National Park Centre offers a special nature experience. An entertaining day is guaranteed at the National Park Centre, whatever the weather. A world full of secrets is waiting to be discovered by you on 2,000m² of exhibition space and 28,000m² of outdoor area. The centre is a very modern kind of museum, where you can see and learn about many interesting things on a journey through time - starting in prehistoric times - but often also try them out. You are guided through the museum with headphones. In this system you can choose whether your journey is based on adventure, beauty, curiosity or Minni and Krax (children's version). Numerous aquariums, a real iceberg and many other attractions await you. The largest town in Jasmund National Park is Sassnitz. Sassnitz is a harbour town, the harbour up to the pier and the lighthouse are worth seeing. There is a beautiful butterfly park in Sassnitz, where you can get up close to the butterflies in a tropical world. At Sassnitz harbour you have the opportunity to visit an old submarine. The British submarine dates from 1963, and you can visit the boat from the sleeping quarters to the torpedo room. From Sassnitz harbour you can discover Rügen by helicopter. Choose between a flight over the fishing port of Sassnitz to the chalk cliffs of the Jasmund National Park or take a look at the "longest house in the world", the KDF baths in Prora.
Reservations and ticket sales: phone +49 (0)170-1000 330.
Stralsund is a historic Hanseatic city. The historic old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also worth seeing. The old town is home to many small shops and historic buildings characterised by brick Gothic architecture. At the Alter Markt (Old Market), you can admire and visit the fantastic display gables of the town hall and the dreamlike setting of Stralsund's oldest church, St. Nikolai. The entire Old Town has been influenced by many European nations, such as Denmark, Sweden and Prussia. A walk through the old town is highly recommended. The best place to start is at the Alter Markt and end at the Neuer Markt. At Neuer Markt you will find the beautiful St. Mary's Church. St. Mary's Church is marked by the enormous wealth of the Hanseatic League and is well worth a visit. The Oceanographic Museum is located between the Old and New Markets. The harbour is one of the most beautiful places in the Hanseatic city. In the northern part, easily accessible from the Seestraße, the North Pier stretches far into the Strelasund. Popular with walkers and anglers for decades, it is also the harbour for pleasure boats, together with the jetties along it. The pier offers a view of the passenger harbour, the harbour island and the mighty backdrop of the city. The harbour is also home to the famous Ozeaneum and the original Gorch Fock. You can get to Stralsund by bus, train or car. You can park your car in the multi-storey car park (which is very centrally located) at the city wall. If you are interested in a guided tour of the city, please contact the Stralsund Tourist Information Centre (telephone number 03831/24690).
Tip: You can park your car free of charge in Altefähr and take a boat to Stralsund. The departure times are regular and can be found in the brochure "RÜGEN-vom Schiff aus erleben!