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Rügen, Germany Travel Information

Rügen is an island in the Baltic Sea (Europe) that is part of Germany. Rügen is connected to mainland Germany by a bridge . The capital of Rügen is Bergen auf Rügen. A number of large cities on Rügen are: Sassnitz, Binz, Garz and Putbus. See ehuacom for 11 best fashion schools in Europe.

Rügen is one of the few islands in Germany. Because Germany has little sea compared to the land area, the islands are a popular destination among both compatriots and tourists. Rügen is Germany’s largest island and has the most to offer in that respect. The island is best known for its seaside resorts with wide pebble and sandy beaches and excellent surfing and sailing conditions. In addition, the island is known for its large natural parks and imposing chalk cliffs. Some places of interest are the pier “Seebrücke Selin” in the town of Selin and the gigantic Nazi building “Seebad Prora” in the seaside resort of Prora.

Where is Rügen located?

Travel information of Rügen

Official name: Rügen
Continent: Europe
Area: 926.4 km²
Capital: Bergen auf Rügen
Country code: DE, DEU
Population: 77,000 inhabitants (2006)
Form of government: Federal parliamentary republic
Highest point: 161 m (Piekberg)
Distance (Amsterdam – Bergen auf Rügen): 609 km
Flight time: approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes (Berlin)

Travel advice
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place on Rügen that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs from Rügen, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Rügen. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, hiking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Rügen?

Weather and climate
Rügen has a temperate climate. In summer the temperature is around 22 degrees and in winter around 0 to 10 degrees.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Rügen can be found on our extensive weather page.

Best time
July and August are the best months to travel to Rügen. In these months you have the best chance of pleasant temperatures.

German is the official language on Rügen.
Would you like to translate from or into German for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Dutch embassy and consulates in Germany (Rügen): netherlandsworldwide.nl.
German Embassy in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
German consulates in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
You do not need any vaccinations for a visit to Rügen.

Money and Currency matters
On Rügen you pay with the euro (EUR).
An overview of all ATMs on Rügen can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
Prices on Rügen are slightly lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -9% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (23% cheaper), food (9% cheaper), imported beer in catering (14% cheaper), cigarettes (4% cheaper) and public transport (6% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

On Rügen it is customary to tip. It is certainly not obligatory, but if the service is good, you will tip approximately 5-10%.

Time difference
There is no time difference with the Netherlands.
Summer time in Rügen is the same as in the Netherlands.
The local time, date and time zone for Ruegen can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
On Rügen you have to drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle on Rügen.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Rügen.

On Rügen the same plugs and sockets are used as in the Netherlands.
More information about electricity on Rügen can be found on our electricity page (see Germany).

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 110 or 112
– Fire: 112
– Ambulance: 112

Tap water
Tap water is safe to drink.

News and newspapers
The latest news regarding Rügen can be found on google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Germany (Rügen) can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Rügen end with.de.
Rügen’s official website: ruegen.de.

The country code (international access number) to call someone on Rügen is 0049 or +49.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Rügen? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If you use a country code, leave out the first 0 of the number to be called.)
Phone numbers can be found in the Rügen Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Rügen.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Rügen.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Rügen.

Public holidays and school holidays
An overview of all public holidays on Rügen can be found on Beleven.org.
You will find an overview of all school holidays in Germany (Rügen) in the Eurydice school guide.

Places of interest
When you think of Rügen, people quickly think of the impressive riding cliffs on the coast, but Rügen has much more to offer. On our places of interest page you will find an extensive overview of the most beautiful and best-known sights of Rügen. Here you will find general information, opening times and entrance fees.

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations on Rügen, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Rügen?
On Blog.giodio.nl you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Rügen. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) on Rügen can be found on Protected Planet.
Rügen is not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Rügen? On the IATA website you will find an overview of the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and medicines, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.

Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you are planning to do business on or to do business with Rügen, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Rügen, including: opportunities, import and export rules, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Rügen.
– Alcohol: Spirits from the age of 18, beer and wine from the age of 16.
– Alcohol and traffic: Maximum allowed blood alcohol content is 0.5 (0 for novice drivers under 21 or 2 years of experience).
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed

Did you know that…
…Rügen is known for its chalk cliffs?
…There is a gigantic Nazi hotel on Rügen?
…If one does not continue dredging, Rügen will grow attached to the island of Hiddensee?
…Rügen is connected to mainland Germany by a 2 km long bridge?

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