One of the
smaller islands in the Rügen archipelago, Ummanz offers some
interesting historical and
recreational attractions to the visitor.
Since 1901, Ummanz
has been connected to Ruegen
by a bridge. There are only a few small villages on the island,
of which Waase is the largest. It is widely known because of a
famous carved wood altar from Antwerp in its small 15th-century
church, St. Marien Kirche zu Waase. The carving (below) depicts the
life of the English archbishop, Thomas à Becket.
Ummanz is a tranquil
island that derives its living mainly from agriculture and fishing.
With a total area of about 20 square kilometers, one can easily explore
it by foot,
either alone or in company with one of the various guided
tours. Not far offshore from Ummanz is the islet of Heuwiese,
a breeding ground for over 20,000 pairs of birds. There are pedal boats
and other water recreation available for hourly and daily rental on
Ummanz, making it perhaps the best destination in the Ruegen
archipelago for families with kids and anyone else who wants
to do something physically