The Island of Hiddensee

Day three’s walk included a boat trip to the island of Hiddensee. The ferry from Schaprode sails out to Neuendorf around midday and we were able to catch a return ferry from Kloster in the late afternoon.


Hiddensee is the long, thin strip of land to the west of the coast of Rügen

We walked from Neuendorf village to the beautiful Baltic strand and thence directly north along wooded paths across sandy dunes and heathland to a long, hot concrete road through Vitte village and beyond to the large and very touristic village of Kloster. We were quite tired upon arrival and took our lunch at a restaurant on the main street. We would have done better to have searched out the cafe mentioned in our quirky guide to Rügen : 111 Orte auf Rügen die Man Gesehen Haben Muss. One hundred and eleven places that one should visit on Rügen.


Bärbel also discovered that we would have had a much more interesting walk north of Kloster on some high ground to visit a lighthouse. But we did find the cafe for our afternoon cuppa and I managed to see the lighthouse from the ferry back to Rügen. However, I had wanted to visit the house of the German writer Gerhart Hauptmann and we couldn’t possibly fit in everything on one visit. It was the first time either of us had been on Rügen.

setting off for hiddensee

Setting Off for Hiddensee

approaching Neuendorf

Arriving at Neuendorf

which way shall we go?

Where shall we go and how long should it take us?

No cars are allowed on Hiddensee

beach looking south

Baltic Sea beach looking south

beach looking north

Same beach looking north


Our path starts from behind the dunes. The Owl sign indicates a Protected Landscape.


Typical sandy path across the heath and scrub

heath cottage

After slow going along the sandy path we reached a small collection of holiday homes


We soon joined the road between Neuendorf, Vitte and Kloster


Typical sign post along the road

village house

One of the many delightful houses on our route

Hauptmann House

In Kloster I visit the former home of Nobel Prizewinner for Literature Gerhart Hauptmann and Bärbel continues walking to the lighthouse


We met up again in the peaceful garden of Cafe (and Gallery) Hedinsoe

stripey house

Little Striped Cottage

more pretty houses

Corner of Kloster Common

quayside hotel

The hotel at Kloster Port


Goodbye Hiddensee. Next time I’ll walk north of Kloster to the lighthouse and beyond


2 comments on “The Island of Hiddensee

  1. […] he was born and died in what is now Poland. I visited his former summer house on the island of Hiddensee in […]

  2. […] As the culinary evening was to start at 7pm we decided to just have a morning excursion and chose to drive to the nearby park of Juliusruh. This was my choice from the 111 places book. […]

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