In North Germany you’ll find a beguiling town known as Bergen auf Rügen. Right off the bat, the local history museum is a great place to start since it explains the region’s history all the way back to the days of the Stone Age.
Bergen is quite a populated town and it’s no wonder… the hilly mountain countryside is outstanding; created by receding ice during the last Ice Age.
Forest Rugard is probably the most fun and a wonderful way to enjoy the countryside. If you climb to the top of Moritz Arndt Observation Tower you’ll be handsomely rewarded with sweeping views of the lush green forest below.
You’ll also find hidden within the forest an awesome alpine rollercoaster slide known as Sommerrodelbahn. This isn’t your typical amusement ride, since it’s not motorized it uses gravity to propel you down a mountainside track, with an adrenaline rush thrown in for good measure.
If you’ve managed to survive the alpine run, here’s your chance to visit the many historical buildings found around town. Get your camera ready for many picture perfect timber framed houses, with the oldest one dating to 1538.
A few other historic buildings that are a must-see are the ruins of a nearby 12th century monastery, a former monastic church (also 12th century), and the Parish Church Bonifatius which has some amazing stone artwork.
If you’re looking for art and culture (on top of everything else) in Bergen auf Rügen, the place to be is over in the neighborhood of Sozio. This is THE place to be for any number of concerts, book readings, or an art exhibits that are held here all year round.
Bergen auf Rügen is where history and culture meet modern day fun and visitors to this town, so close to the Baltic Sea, will be more than happy with what they’ll find once they get here.