Hiddensee IslandSeptember 11, 2016 in Germany
We left the van at Shaproder and took the passenger ferry 20 minutes over the water to Hiddensee Island. It was idyllic. There were no roads as such, just cobbles and tracks and we didn't see a single automobile. People were transported to their accommodation on horse drawn wagons and there was a store of bicycle trailers for those with cottages or B&Bs closer to the harbour.
We'd chosen to disembark at the most southerly and smallest of the three island settlements, Neuendorf. From here we walked south on a mix of grassland, woodland corridor and beautiful white sand beach. We'd packed a rug and picnic for lunch which we ate on the grass with only the occasional passer by and no road noise whatsoever.
We'd read that Hiddensee's south tip, called the Gellen, was good for bird watching. After walking 5km we came to a fence and found an information board explaining that the area was closed off as a nature reserve. We'd seen some sandpipers on the beach and swans flying overhead but weren't disappointed by the lack of variety as the walk had been so enjoyable (despite the huge ants we found in the woods).
On our return to the harbour, Will had a swim while Vicky took some photos.
We took the return ferry back at 6pm and despite it being a full day, we both felt very relaxed after having soaked in the peaceful atmosphere and beautiful scenery on Hiddensee. The day was topped off by watching a stunning sunset over Hiddensee from the van.Read more