Chalk cliffs, forests, wetlands and hiking trails – A nature reserve on the island of Ruegen, Germany – Nationalpark Jasmund
Looking for the Kings Chair Königsstuhl on the Baltic Sea!
We had a horrible time finding the actual entrance to the park. For some strange reason, google maps kept leading us to a camping place which had a gate blocking entry to what we assumed was the road. Finally, a very frustrated gatekeeper told us to follow the signs, not the GPS. Poor guy must have been overwhelmed with people expecting to get through that gate! We met several cars of people with the exact same problem.
Finally, thanks to the gate keeper’s directions, we found the Hagen parking lot to the 30 square kilometer forest area which boasts Germany’s largest chalk cliffs and the smallest national park.
Wiki Bit of Interest: UNESCO World Heritage Site - Official Name: Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany
The entrance showed the possibility of several trails which can be hiked through the forest, all with the intent on viewing the famous Königsstuhl, otherwise known as the Kings Chair. Trails are easy to follow and colour coded markings guide you through.
We chose the “blue” trail, which guided us approximately 2.5 km through the hardwood beech tree forest which was showing off it’s crispy golden coloured autumn leaves before arriving at the steep rock face. For those who want a little challenge, you can take a longer route. The Königsstuhl offers breath taking views of the naturally eroding chalk cliffs, as well as the impressive baltic sea.
Due to time constraints – so much to do, so little time – we took the shuttle bus #19 back to the parking lot. The bus stop is right at the paid entrance for the Koenigsstuhl; it cost €3.40 for 2 persons and one dog.
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