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Rügen Island and other German travel hot spots #germany25reunified

Rügen-Island

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the re-unification of Germany. Since that historic moment a quarter of a century ago, Germany has since reinvented and redeveloped itself especially in the eyes of its many visitors. Today Germany has become one of the most beautiful and interesting tourist destinations in Europe. Germany based travel writer Larissa Gross tells us about one of the country’s best travel hot spots…

If you search for the hashtag #germany25reunified you will find a variety of pictures showing Germany in different angles. Behind that stands a campaign on the occasion of Germany’s 25th anniversary of re-unification that invites travellers and locals to share their impressions about travel destination Germany on social networks. During the past 25 years, after the wall between Eastern and Western Germany was torn down, a lot of German regions have been rediscovered and renewed and have become attractive travel destinations for travellers from all over the world. One of the pearls that was formerly hidden in the East is Rügen Island in the Baltic Sea, which is now Germany’s biggest island and UNESCO world heritage site.

Watch the video to see why Rügen Island is so highly rated…

This is a leisure island so apart from just enjoying the beauty of the breathtaking cliffs, meadows and the forest, during summer you can also relax and swim on the sandy beaches or rent a kayak. More active travellers can also rent bikes, go hiking or even hire a climbing instructor. If you’re more of a culture and history buff then the impressive Castle Jagdschloss Granitz is a must-see.

Castle Jagdschloss Granitz

You can easily reach Rügen Island by train from most mayor cities in Germany, by ferry or by driving yourself via the mainland city Stralsund.

For ideas about which other German travel destinations to include on your next Germany trip, this Youtube playlist introduces you to more secret German treasures. Other stand-out spots and easy-to-get-there travel destinations in Germany include Hamburg with its charming harbour and Spreewald – a picturesque biosphere reserve just behind the former Berlin Wall (which makes a great daytrip if you visit Berlin).

Written by guest writer Larissa Gross.

With roots in Bavaria, a home in England and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 35 countries on trips and living in both Dublin and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations away from the crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not travelling, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, wandering the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting around for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world - Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.

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