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Ralswiek Castle
Location Baltic Sea
Area 926.4 km2 (357.7 sq mi)
Length 51.4 km (31.9 mi)
Width 42.8 km (26.6 mi)
Coastline 574 km (357 mi)
Highest elevation 161 m (528 ft)
Highest point Piekberg
State  Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
District Rügen
Population 77,000 (2006)
Pop. density 79/km2 (200/sq mi)

Rügen (lat. Rugia) is the biggest island in Germany. There are several cities on the island. These include : Putbus, Garz, Binz, Bergen auf Rügen, Sassnizt, Glowe, Trent, Schaprode and Göhren. The island has a 77,000 population (according to the 2006 census). The island is about 926 square kilometers (or 357 square miles). The island is in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Rügen is also one of the most famous places to go in Germany for vacation.

Geography[change | change source]

Rügen is in the northeast part of Germany in the Baltic Sea. The main landmass, Muttland, is surrounded my many peninsulas. There are also two national German park located on the island : Western Pomerania Lagoon Area National Park and Jasmund National Park.