Sassnitz - Home to the longest pier jetty in Europe
Location: On the north-east coast of Rügen Island
The gateway to the Jasmund National Park is surprisingly easy to drive to across some wonderful causeways that connect Rügen Island and the Jasmund Peninsula to the German mainland. The E251 road that runs through the island connects the mainland town of Stralsund to the A20 Autobahn that runs from Bad Segeburg in the west to Gramzow in the east. Travelling by air will take in all modes of transport, as it is easier and quicker to fly into Copenhagen or Malmo airports, take a short train ride to the ferry port for your boat trip to Sassnitz ferry terminal. There is a small domestic airport at Heringsdorf in the south-east that is around 4 hours away by car or train.
Business: A historic events hall on the harbour
The Glasbahnhof, or ‘Glass-Station’ on the harbour front hosts the Museum for Underwater Archaeology as well as being and exhibition and events hall for other uses including small business events. The marvellous old hotels of Sassnitz also offer the option to use banquet rooms and other facilities as a place for conferences and meetings for your business in a wonderfully historic setting.
Culture: Surrounded by history and natural beauty
When you have finished a delightful trip around the National Park and the chalk cliffs take a step inside the Fisheries and Harbour Museum to experience life on the island before the advent of tourism. This pretty white and blue building was once the medical wing for fishermen of Sassnitz and was established in 1993 to show how the town has developed through over the past 150 years. Over 300 square metres is devoted to the museum and its displays of maritime and town history.
Activities: Hop on board a submarine in the harbour
Sassnitz has a unique and surprising experience awaiting you in the harbour. The British submarine HMS Otus is moored here as a floating museum. Bought in the 1990's by a local entrepreneur when she was decommissioned by the Royal Navy you can now see and experience the confines of a submarine as experienced by its crew at the height of the Cold War. HMS Otus set a world record for escape from a submerged vessel at a depth of 183 metres during trials in 1987, and this has still to be broken today.