Putbus — Oldest
Resort Town on Rügen
First documented in
1253, the one-time Slavic settlement is now
regarded as Ruegen’s cultural capital.
One of the best
things about Putbus is before you get there. It’s on the Deutsche
Driving out of the green tunnel into “the White City” of Putbus, we
were struck by the classic architectural
columns and bright white buildings around the
“Circus” – a circular drive around a
The town is
an example of the renovation that has taken place in the former DDR
over the past couple of decades, during which most of Putbus
has been restored to its pre-communist grandeur. There’s a requirement
facades maintain their original structure and character and in one case
we saw that only the front wall was left standing, propped up while an
entirely new building was being constructed behind it.
A main attraction of
the town is
the Schlossgarten, landscaped in the style of an
English garden. The castle no longer exists, but its church, or Schlosskirche,
has survived. The town is also the site of an animal park where we saw
some rare fallow deer along with a variety of other wildlife.
Putbus is at the
western end of the narrow gauge (Kleinbahn)
steam rail line which runs from there to the island’s
easternmost village of Göhren, which is where we got on board.
The antique train is fun for anyone, and a definite must if you have
children in tow.