Baltic seaside resort Binz

Granitz hunting lodge
Binz is the largest seaside resort on the island of Rügen. The municipality belongs to the district of Vorpommern-Rügen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The seaside resort is known as a holiday destination for its cultural and event diversity, magnificent spa architecture, the Granitz hunting lodge, the "Colossus of Prora", the fine sandy beach and the surrounding nature, which is also documented and made tangible in the Rügen Natural Heritage Centre.

The Binz pier is a pier in Binz on the island of Rügen. With a length of 370 metres, it is the second longest pier on Rügen after the Sellin pier.

Spa architecture (also spa style) refers to the totality of all the different architectural styles that are characteristic of seaside resorts. The German seaside resorts with corresponding architecture are particularly widespread on the Baltic Sea coast and especially in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. More and more people associate the name Binz with the seaside resort with the best-preserved spa architecture. It still reflects the charm of the turn of the century (19th/20th century). No other seaside resort on the German Baltic Sea has such a perfectly preserved centre of this style, which, strictly speaking, is not one at all.

The Binz Ost small railway station is not only a highlight for railway enthusiasts. In 2004, this beautiful small railway station was extensively renovated. It now has three tracks and two directional platforms.


In 1318, the village was first mentioned as "Byntze" in a tax survey of the county of Streu. The core of the settlement was today's Bahnhofstraße and Rabenstraße, along with the individual farms Granitz-Hof and Aalbeck. The church village and centre of the parish was Zirkow. The first hint of its later importance as a Baltic seaside resort came as early as 1830, when guests of the Prince of Putbus bathed at the mouth of the Ahlbeck (the outflow of Lake Schmachter). In 1835, a one-class school was established. Around 1850, farmers from Binz were allowed to buy the land that had been leased from the Prince of Putbus until then. The village was part of the Principality of Rügen until 1326 and then of the Duchy of Pomerania. With the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, Rügen and thus also the village of Binz became part of Swedish Pomerania. In 1815, Binz became part of the Prussian province of Pomerania as part of Neuvorpommern. From 1818 until 4 September 2011, Binz belonged to the district/county of Rügen with a brief interruption (1952 - 1955 Kreis Putbus).

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