Bahnhof SassnitzTrains from Bergen auf Rügen, Binz and Stralsund. A change may be necessary at Bergen or Leitzow if arriving on a long distance train. The train station and bus station are next to each other, and only a short walk to the town. The station only sees regional train service and no long distance trains
By busThere is a bus link to/from the ferry port (for Sweden). If using the regular Sassnitz - Binz bus service for the ferry, the nearest stop is in Dubnitz (after the turning to the port, at the top of the hill, if travelling from the Binz direction). It will seem quite a long way from this stop to the terminal if you are backpacking!
Port of SassnitzThe port was built during the GDR era by "Bausoldaten" (soldiers who refused to serve with a weapon and were used in civil engineering project but often discriminated against by the GDR regime) to serve an important role as a cargo link to the USSR bypassing the often "unreliable" People's Republic of Poland, where insurrections and attempted revolutions made the hold of the Polish communists on power appear tenuous. While the importance of the freight ships has diminished somewhat, there are still numerous passenger ferries and freight trains are still loaded onto ferries bound for ports as far away as Klaipeda.
Frequent buses to Binz and other Rügen towns. Beware that, on rural services, changing from one bus to another seems to be popular — the driver will announce "umsteigen (placename)".
Old part of the townbehind the north-eastern end of the harbour. The town is on cliffs above the harbour, there are steps down near the shops, or it can be approached through the old town. Walk past the shops (the sea should be on your right) and fork right downhill. Ferries to Sweden used to leave from the harbour here, but now use the modern port near Dubnitz known as "Fährhafen Sassnitz".
U-boot museumPerhaps surprisingly, the U-boat (submarine) on display is a former British submarine, H.M.S. Otus of the "Oberon" class, which was towed to Sassnitz after having been saved from a scrapyard in Portsmouth (GB).
- Hike into the Jasmund National Park
- Jasmund National Park
- Take a bus to Kap Arkona. A change of bus may be necessary in Altenkirken, although the driver may confuse passengers by simply changing the number of the bus they are on. There is an extensive craft centre near the bus terminus in Putgarten. It is about 2 km walk to the Kap, where there is a lighthouse museum.