Die Insel Rügen is Germany’s largest island, located off the Pomeranian coast in the Ostsee (Baltic Sea). It belongs to the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern of Northeastern Germany. The gateway to it is the Hanseatic city of Stralsund, linking it to the mainland by road and railway, 2 routes crossing the 2 km-wide Strelasund. The coast is characterized by sandy beaches, lagoons (Bodden) and open bays (Wieke), as well as peninsulas and headlands. The Jasmund National Park, famous for its vast stands of beeches and chalk cliffs like King’s Chair, the main landmark of Rügen, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011. The island is a popular tourist destination for its resorts, the diverse landscape, and its long, sandy beaches.