Imagine it’s wednesday, you’re half-way through work week and suddenly find the strong desire to get out and free your mind on the weekend. You realize once again that it takes only a 3 hour drive from Berlin to the sea. You haven’t been to the sea and nature in a while. It would be the perfect place to calm down from big-city life. Weather forecast looks great, so you tell your girlfriend about it and start making plans: bus tickets/carpooling from Berlin to Rügen for 33€ p.p. roundtrip, camping for 16€ a day, some money for local busses and food. Wow, thats cheap for a weekend on the sea!
Change of plans
Then, 2 of your new friends decide to join the trip. Great! It’s so cool to go camping with friends! Hence, plans need to be changed a bit: bus tickets need to be changed for a rental car, campground reservations need to be redone. It will cost a bit more, but total price is still quite reasonable. All is well, until on the morning of the trip your 2 friends decide to back down and cancel the trip. You feel let down and annoyed, because you basically worked for nothing and it proved right that your friends are unreliable. Unfortunately, the trip now also got quite pricey. Would you still go or let the weekend slip away?
Our key learnings
Ok, those things happen. And when things go wrong, it’s good to have a plan B, we didn’t have one though, since it was too late to cancel anything. So we found ourselves with a car that we didn’t really need/want and a few hours lost of our weekend. Not the best prerequisites for an easy.going weekend, of course we went though. Our 2 key learnings from this experience are:
a) Don’t travel with people that are not reliable, it will cost you joy and some time and money.
b) Stick to your plans. When you have already created plans/facts, stick to them and make others accept them, when they want to join.
Top Rügen activities in a nutshell
1. Go camping on Campingplatz Drewoldke
We love the luxury side of travelling! Though every once in a while we also enjoy the simplicity of camping. In the North of Rügen we found a great caravan and camping site that lies directly by the sea. We liked the convenience of the place, it’s clean and well organized, has some shops, showers and restrooms on the property and you can set up your tent wherever you like. How about putting your tent on perfectly white beach sand only 50m away from the sea? Due to holiday season in Berlin it was a bit crowded in the end of August, but not too busy.
2. Visit Jasmund National Park
The Jasmund National Park between Sassnitz and Lohme is famous for its impressive beech forrest and its beautiful chalk coast. The highlight of the park certainly is its forested high shore trail along the chalk coast, which gets you to the famous rocks “Königstuhl” and “Große Stubbenkammer”. As the walk from Lohme/Sassnitz to Königsstuhl takes about 3 hours one-way, we decided to take the shuttle bus from the big parking lot in Hagen to Nationalpark Zentrum Königsstuhl. The bus shuttle takes you to the visitors center, which is accessible for an entrance fee. We didn’t enter, but walked to Viktoriasicht viewpoint instead and also found our way to go down to the beach. I highly recommend to descend to the beach, because it’s a great perspective from there and you find yourself almost alone on the beach. Mind that it can be dangerous there, because of recent landslides.
3. Enjoy the breeze at the terrace of Seebrücke Sellin
Seebrücke Sellin is a place that I actually wanted to see for a long time, ever since I saw it on photos. The architectonic beauty and elegance of the building is simply stunning. It has a long history of building and rebuilding and was mainly used as a restaurant and dancing bar. Today it is used as a restaurant and it also has a diving gondola, which is moored at the pier.
What do you think?
Where do you travel this year? Do you have travel tips or advice on the subject of money?
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