Jasmund National Park is located on the island of Rügen, at the north-east of Mecklenburg-Hither Pomerania. Of the 3,100 ha surface, 2,400 ha are covered in land, 700 ha in water. Besides the UNESCO World Heritage Ancient Beech Forests, the park also includes a broad section of the Baltic Sea, numerous steep banks as well as the 161m/528ft high chalk ridge Stubnitz. The national park is also characterised by the chalk cliffs that rear up up to 118m/387ft.
There are several ways in which you can explore the national park, its geology and biodiversity. Experience nature up close, and immerse into the idyllic natural reserve on a hike. During the summer, daily guided tours with a ranger start in Lohme, Hagen, Sassnitz or at the National Park Centre Königsstuhl. The centre freatures a broad offer of activities, including an interactive exhibition, multi-vision cineam, viewing platform, bistro, and natural experience area.
The history of natural protection on Jasmund dates back to the 16th century, when first laws concerning the woods were passed. As chalk quarrying threatened to destroy the steep banks, the area was first declared a natural reserve in 1929. Finally, Jasmund became an official national park in 1990. The Ancient Beech Forests that can also be found in other national parks, have been listed by the UNESCO since 2011.
How to get there
IC trains from Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, or Frankfurt as well as the ICE train from Munich call in Bergen on Rügen. Furthermore, hourly regional trains go from Stralsund to Bergen and Sassnitz. From early July to late August, City Night Line trains go every Friday evening from Zurich via Freiburg, Karlsruhe, Frankfurt Süd to Bergen and Binz.
On Rügen, you can purchas a Königsstuhl-Ticket, which allows you to use public transportation for one day, and provides free admission to the national park centre.