Rügen is located off the north-eastern coast of Germany in the Baltic Sea. The bridge which connects the island by road and railwith the city of Stralsund. Rügen has an area of 926.4 km2, or 974 km2 if the adjacent small islands are included. The maximum diameter is 51.4 km from north to south, and 42.8 km from east to west. Of an overall 574 km-long coastline, 56 km are sandy Baltic Sea beaches, and 2.8 km sandy bodden beaches. The core landmass, Muttland, is surrounded by several peninsulas. To the north lie the peninsulas of Wittow and Jasmund, connected to each other by the Schaabe landbridge and to Muttland by the Schmale Heide landbridge. The climate is in the temperate zone. Two German national parks are situated on Rügen: Western Pomerania Lagoon Area NP, in the West, and Jasmund NP, a smaller park including the famous chalk cliffs.Thanks Willi.