Hiddensee / Germany
The German island Hiddensee lies west of Rügen in the Baltic Sea. Within the National Park Western Pomerania Lagoon Area it is the largest island and belongs to the district of Rügen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. It counts about 1,300 inhabitants. The island was settled already in the middle and late Stone Age. In 1872, a large Viking gold treasure was found on Hiddensee. Today the island lives mainly from tourism. Almost every homeowner rents accommodation to holiday makers. Hiddensee is a very popular holiday destination for people who primarily seek pure relaxation.
Hiddensee offers in its individual locations (Kloster, Vitte and Neuendorf) a large number of attractions. The lighthouse Dornbusch in Kloster is the landmark of the island and can be climbed up to since 1994 via 102 steps. The writer Gerhart Hauptmann is buried here in the monastery. Here you can visit the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Haus (Culture and Museum). The place is also home to the museum of the island. In Vitte, among other things, is the "Blue Barn". It is on its original premises a Low German hall house from the early 19th century. It was not only the barn, but also the bakery and the living area of a miller and baker. The Blue Barn is the last remaining "Smoke House", so called because there was no fireplace and the smoke withdrew through cracks and crevices into the roof. In the south of the island, on Gellen, stands the lighthouse Gellen.