Bergen Germany Tourist Information

Bergen Travel Guide

Germany's largest island of Rugen is home to the city of Bergen. The island itself is linked to the German mainland by a 1.5-mile road and rail bridge. In the middle of Rugen Island is an area of hills and forests 91m above sea level, where Bergen is located.

The island is a popular destination during the summer months, when tourists flock to its seaside resorts. The chalk cliffs found on the eastern shoreline of Rugen are a famous feature of the island. Bergen is predominantly an agricultural town known for its herring industry, dairy and leather products.

Bergen Tourist Attractions

The town centre itself is home to some old architectural monuments. Marienkirche (St Mary's Church), modelled after L├╝back Cathedral, is a fine example of North German Gothic architecture. The structure, built in brick, was originally Romanesque in style when construction begun in 1180. It was, however, rebuilt in the 14th century as a Gothic hall-church. Its interior boasts wall paintings of scenes from the Old and New Testament.

Another must-see site is the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Turm (Rugard Tower), located in the woods surrounding Bergen. Getting to the top of the tower may be quite physically challenging, but once at the top visitors can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the island's bucolic scenery.

Travel Around Bergen

Getting to Bergen is made easy by the national rail system, which links the island of Rugen to cities like Hamburg, Berlin, and Leipzig on the mainland. Travelling by train is the best way to get to the island, as the roads are often very busy during summer.

Rugendamm is the bridge linking Rugen to the German town of Stralsund, and there are plans to build a second crossing over Strelasund to alleviate traffic problems in the future. If you are driving, you can take your car to Rugen from Glewitz.

Although Bergen is a relatively safe city, visitors are recommended to take out travel insurance before travel. Once insured, you can enjoy your holiday with the peace of mind that should you need medical attention in Bergen, your hospital bills will be covered and taken care of by your insurer.