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Chalk cliffs

The dazzling white chalk cliffs on the coast of the Jasmund peninsula are Rügen's most famous landmark – towering cliffs with a sheer drop down to the sea. Their white chalky layers are a dramatic contrast with the green of the beech forests and the turquoise of the sea.

Interplay of colours in a romantic setting
More than 15 kilometres of coastline have snow-white chalk cliffs rising up to 120 metres from the turquoise-blue sea below. Their awesome majesty inspired many 19th-century writers and artists, including the Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich. A trail runs across the top of the cliffs to the most spectacular viewpoints along the coast, the most famous of which is the "Königsstuhl" (King's Seat).
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Rügen has almost 40 museums including local history museums, interactive technological museums, galleries and exhibition spaces. The Königsstuhl National Park Centre brings nature to life in a variety of ways. Water World Interactive Museum in Binz makes exploring physics and technology fun for all age groups. Sassnitz is home to the fascinating Museum of Underwater Archaeology.
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Art & culture

Rügen's history comes to life at a variety of well-preserved monuments, churches, palaces and stately homes. The many megalithic graves and tumuli on the island are impressive reminders of its prehistorical and early historical legacy. Ralswiek Palace and Granitz hunting lodge illustrate the grandeur of the feudal 19th century and offer insights into the royal lifestyle of the time.
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