The Jasmund National Park is a nature reserve on the Jasmund peninsula, in the northeast of Rügen island in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. It is famous for containing the largest chalk cliffs in Germany, the Königsstuhl (German = "king's chair"). These cliffs are up to 161 m (528 ft) above the Baltic Sea. The beech forests behind the cliffs are also part of the national park.
Consisting of only 30 km2 (12 sq mi), this is the smallest national park in Germany. The park was founded in 1990 by the last government of East Germany (GDR) prior to the German reunification.
On June 25, 2011, the beech forest in the park was added to UNESCO World Heritage Site as an extension of the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany.
The easiest way to get to the national park is by car. The park itself is quite small and you can park close to the park.
You should drive towards the national park center Königsstuhl. This is the perfect spot for starting your experiences in the national park. The gateway to the island is Stralsund.
There are pretty good options for getting to the national park by train. Catch a train to Stralsund and then catch a regional train to Sassnitz. From here you can get a bus directly to the visitor center of the national park.
The closest major airports are Hamburg and Berlin. There are plenty of options to catch a train or rent a car in both cities.
When to visit
This national park is perfect to visit any time of the year. It is very small and it does not take a lot of time to experience it. One full day will allow to experience some of the great views. Be aware the weather might be really windy in the fall, winter or spring.
Map of Jasmund National Park
Image gallery of Jasmund National Park
Sights in Jasmund National Park
Some national parks contain more than just natural wonders. This list shows you some of the sights that are located in the national park. This includes museums, cathedrals, bridges, dams and much more.
Visitor/Information centres in Jasmund National Park
Most national parks have an associated visitor centre to help visitors. They are usually open most of the year but some close in the off-season. You will often be able to find information on all the activities in the national park. A visit to the visitor centre is often recommended before venturing into the park.
Hiking trails in Jasmund National Park
Almost all national parks have some opportunities for hiking. You can see some of the more popular trails here. You should get local information for detailed information on all trails of the national park.
Wildlife in Jasmund National Park
These sections shows you some of the characteristic wildlife to the national park.