While visiting Germany a few years ago I happened to take more photos of buildings with interesting doors and their surrounding cities and villages before ever being introduced to blogging or Norm Frampton’s vision of worldwide dominance about doors around the world.  If you’re reading this, you probably already know something about Norm’s Thursday Doors and if you want to be a part of this fun party of door people look for his blue frog thingey and press that button to enter the world of door blogging.

We didn’t originally plan this side trip to the northern island of Rügen in Germany; we didn’t know that it existed but my sister-in-law read some travel information during our stay in Berlin and determined we needed to go to this place while in Germany so off we went.  I’m just posting information from Wikipedia since I didn’t know any history about this place but I have to say, it was a good decision that we visited there.

Rügen (German pronunciation: [ˈʁyːɡən]; also lat. Rugia; Ruegen) is Germany‘s largest island by area.[2] It is located off the Pomeranian coast in the Baltic Sea and belongs to the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

The “gateway” to Rügen island is the Hanseatic city of Stralsund, where it is linked to the mainland by road and railway via the Rügen Bridge and Causeway, two routes crossing the two-kilometre-wide Strelasund, a sound of the Baltic Sea.

Rügen has a maximum length of 51.4 km (from north to south), a maximum width of 42.8 km in the south and an area of 926 km². The coast is characterized by numerous sandy beaches, lagoons (Bodden) and open bays (Wieke), as well as projecting peninsulas and headlands. In June 2011, UNESCO awarded the status of a World Heritage Site to the Jasmund National Park, famous for its vast stands of beeches and chalk cliffs like King’s Chair, the main landmark of Rügen island.[3]

The island of Rügen is part of the district of Vorpommern-Rügen, with its county seat in Stralsund. The towns on Rügen are: Bergen, Sassnitz, Putbus and Garz. In addition, there are the Baltic seaside resorts of Binz, Baabe, Göhren, Sellin and Thiessow.

Rügen is very popular as a tourist destination because of its resort architecture, the diverse landscape and its long, sandy beaches.

The Wikipedia link is here:  Rugen

Rügen, we learned, retained much of the Eastern German language and customs in the rural areas and maybe it was our American image or speech or our asian looks that made the old Inn Keeper less friendly but at checkout time, I found out it wasn’t us, she treated everyone rudely.  A German woman came to my aid when I was having trouble communicating with the Inn Keeper and spoke to the woman in German on my behalf only to receive the same rude treatment and while I thanked this woman for her efforts she rolled her eyes at her own frustration in dealing with the Inn Keeper and mentioned she had the same problem with her.

On the island we visited some resort areas with beautiful sandy beaches, lots of tourists enjoying themselves and some very nice restaurants.  This was in contrast to where we stayed; in the rural farming areas which were surrounded by wheat fields and cattle pastures.  So here are a few photos for now (I may post more photos in the future when my stash of door photos run dry).

The first photo is a wheat field that was on the other side of the hedges at the edge of the hotel’s lawn.  About as close as you can get to the agricultural surroundings while on vacation and having fresh wheat for your breakfast if you tried to do your own harvesting.


The next photo is from the coastal town that has this pier and restaurant called Seebruecke Sellin.  They have some kind of ride which submerges underwater while the people peer out of ports underwater (the dome-like thing at the back of the pier); we didn’t try it due to time constraints.  Also below, are what the beach areas look like.



Back near our countryside hotel, my wife and I went exploring after dinner and came across a barn structure with thatched roofing and red doors.


Then further down the road we came across some vacation rentals; this one was a beautiful house with thatched roofing and pretty ornate doors and windows (almost a contrast to the rural area but there were beautiful homes like this in this area).


Thanks for visiting my blog and thanks to Norm 2.0 for his Thursday Doors blog.  For more blogs and photos of doors by others please go to: Thursday Doors.



15 thoughts on “Rügen

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed your stay there despite the rudeness of the inn keeper. It must have to do with the island being so popular. I’ve tried for years to find affordable accommodation there, to no avail. So even unfriendly people will always find guests. I hope you rated her accordingly, though.

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    1. Thank you. The experience, whether positive or negative, just adds to the story and memories so I don’t hold a grudge against her, the people or the country. Maybe I should have posted the signs outside some of those vacation homes so you could see if they were affordable or not.

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  2. Wow on that barn! It has a bit of everything fabulous! The red doors, the old stone, the flower, the thatched roof. Wowza.
    Sometimes I think the more desirable a place becomes, the more they expect to be revered instead of at one’s service. I wanted to think it was the language barrier, but I guess not. :/ Still, what great photos.

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    1. Thanks, Joey. We got some hint from the tourist guide book that the rural community retained the old East German language and culture but it was an experience that we now remember. Quite an amazing island with resort areas and natural coastal areas. That’s why traveling is fun and interesting, you meet all kinds of people. 🙂

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  3. Wow, the barn was really neat, but the last house! WOWZA! I love it. The thatched roof, and wonderful decorative art on the doors. It’s Art Deco but NOT! I wonder what they call it? That style of art on the doors?

    Yes, stories like that rude woman really make trips memorable don’t they.

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    1. Thanks, Deborah! Those rural homes were really nice; I’ll remember to post some others in the future. Re the people we meet, they always add life to the photos and stories we take back home. Sometimes we encounter rude people but mostly, we encounter friendly locals that make us want to return for another visit.

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  4. The Baltic sea …offhand…in the North? We have friends in the South close to Karl Marx Stadt (at one time behind the Iron Curtain) – and can’t remember rude people, but… that is after I lived a year in Berlin where it is common for people to be abrupt, argumentative, and the language has some harsh sounds as well.
    Beautiful pier and houses and barn! This is not a well known area, how did you know about it?

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  5. Lovely impressions and interesting narrative. I’ve never come around to visit Rügen, but it’s high up on my list. Great doors! 🙂
    Best regards from Norway,


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