I came back in the Mönchgut peninsula in order to explore alone a hilly region with the mountain bike: the Zicker Hills. They are visible from everywhere in the surrounding shores because of their height, and therefore caught my attention from the start, as my eyes were constantly looking for hilly parts on the island.
Like all my lone rides, I did it as early as the sunrise, before my son and wife woke up. The location proved to be magical at dawn. The hills are mostly made of sand, but the seaside is kind of rocky, and made of undulating shapes that fade out randomly into the sea.
With the many sheep that are grazing there, the place reminds very much of Ireland.
The peninsula of Gager separates the Bay of Greifswald from the Baltic Sea, making a very picturesque island scenery of hillsand grazing meadows, protected by the status of a nature reserve, covering 330 acre. A region that locals love.
Above the fishing village of Groß Zicker on the Zicker Lake, are located the so-called "Zicker Hills". The place name comes from the Slavic "Sikor" (Polish : Sikora) which means something like "Cape of the tits (birds)". The main objects of interest are the parish house was built around 1720 and the medieval brick church, built about 1400. The natural reserve of the Zicker Hills is one of the most popular attractions of Rügen.
From the top of the 69m high summit Bakenberg, one can admire a wonderful panoramic view over the Mönchgut peninsula, the Baltic Sea and the Bay of Greifswald. This is the largest area of dry and poor ground of the region, where warmth-loving and drought-enduring plants feel at home.
The cliffs of Zickerschen Höft on the westernmost end of the peninsula is a must-see viewpoint too.
When it comes to biking, the Zickerberg Hills are a relatively small area, but fortunately this is compensated by the number of trails that allow to visit it, and whose most of them make excellent single tracks. Almost all the circumference is visitable by bike, and several trails allow to cross the hills in the middle. We just need to park near the eastern junction and wander according to our fantasy...
This little map shows the situation of the Reddewitz peninsula. For more indications about orientation on the Rügen island, refer to the parent page.
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When to Bike
All year long !
See the website of the South-east Rügen Biosphere reserve