Since we explored the seasides of almost each part of the Rügen island, we had to do so for the south coast, the one facing the mainland of Germany.
This ride had the advantage not to require any preliminary drive, as we started from Sellin. And for the destination, Putbus, the "white town", private spa of Kaiser Wilhelm II, local attraction was all obvious.
The South coast allowed us to visit a couple of pretty harbours, unusual grassy sea-sides without beaches, marshes and polders, and sights to the small Vilm island.
As a start, knowing that there would be the opportunity to make a loop for this part, I decided to show a part of the Granitz Forest to Dorota and Nicolas, using the south route, and reaching eventually Lancken-Granitz southwards. The ride with a trailer turned to be tricky in sandy sections, and the cobbled road to Lancken-Granitz too bumpy, which made an opportunity for our son to walk a bit. Definitely we had to avoid it on the way back.
Our route catched the coastal trail a bit further south near the Stressower forest, in which are located menhirs and dolmens. As we leave the forest, we cross fields and reach the seaside in Groß Stressow which is, contrary to what its name tells, a small village. With one of the only sandy beaches we saw.
The route then goes SW, near the seaside but this one hidden behind a hedgerow of forest. We do not really see it but we are overlooking some cliffs: Muglitzer Ort, a cape that was well visible from the Reddewitz peninsula.
Soon later, we cross again a forest area classified as a reserve : Goor reserve. In the middle of it, forest gives places to a wild area of marshes, and at one point is located a fine viewpoint to the sea where cyclers can make a break.
Lauterbach is reached next. First, we pass in front of a huge white building hosting a spa. Then we enter a pretty harbour with a large bay and many boats.
Further on, some picturesque houses are seen in Neuendorf. Wreechen is the furthest location on the sea side we've been till. As we were south from Putbus and very close to it, we reached the "White town". We first meet a wide park where deers are wandering free.
The city centre is reached, and we discover a nice square-shaped city-town hall square, and then a large roundabout where luxuous houses are set as a circle, a quite original urbanism. As we ride out of Putbus, we reach Lauterbach via a large avenue, then the white house where we've been earlier.
I am not going to describe the same route again backwards, I'll skip until the point where we reached the Stresower forest, where our way back differs. We were not sure wether we could cross a couple of sea-channels separating polders, but after asking some locals, it turned out that yes thanks to a bridge and a "ferry", a quite puzzling information knowing how this channel is small...
We crossed some flatlands with the hamlets of Burtevitz and Preetz, and then reached the channel that flows from a bay named "Neuensiener see". According to the plans we found a little pedestrian bridge, reaching Seedorf, a little photogenic harbour with few boats.
A huge slope to climb followed Seedorf, a large dune covered with dwarf vegetation, heather and gorse in yellow flowers. After the descent, Moritzdorf, another harbour located on the next sea channel is reached. There, we see a little pier where a man is loading bikes on a little barque moved with oars ! This man works on his own and earns a couple of Euros for each bike/passenger, makes up to 80 traverses per day, summer and winter, and earns his life like this ! No need to mention it was one of the most picturesques moments of the ride.
Few seconds and few strokes later, we are on Baaber Boolwerk, the harbour of the opposite shore, and we get back to Sellin crossing mashy polders the same way than we did for both of our rides in the Mönchgut, the large peninsula on which we are. Then we cycle back to Sellin along the main road.
Putbus is best reached via Garz-Rügen than via Bergen. For reaching the start of our ride, Sellin, one can drive through Lancken-Granitz.
This little map shows the situation of Putbus and the trail. For more indications about orientation on the Rügen island, refer to the parent page.
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When to Bike
All year long !