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Remo and Michael, your Himmelreich hosts, have been partners for 25 years. Himmelreich is a gay-friendly establishment welcoming everyone. You will find a warm welcome here. Intolerance or discrimination are not welcome here. Rügen is among Germany’s fastest growing GLBT holiday destinations. Rather than the hustle and bustle of many gay resorts, Rügen offers a chance to get away from it all, out into nature, on the beach, along the bike trails, a place to spoil yourself and let your soul regenerate. Perfect for couples, all colors of the rainbow are welcome at Himmelreich.

Rügen is generally a gay-friendly place and our experience is that respect tends to be mutual. While out and about it is always best to be aware of your surroundings. While this is not Cherry Grove, Provincetown or Mykonos, you are free to be yourself on Rügen. Germany has among the highest freedoms and protections for GLBT people and also a high degree of support. Rügen receives high rankings for o... enness and acceptance on online travel rankings and has become a popular wedding and honeymoon destination.


The nearest exclusive gay/lesbian bars are in Rostock, around 80 minutes from Himmelreich by car. Bars/clubs in Binz and other Baltic Sea resorts tend to be somewhat gay-friendly.

CSD Rostock

The CSD Rostock (Christopher Street Day) is held each June. Himmelreich on Rügen is a good place to chill after celebrations.

Gay-friendly beaches

The best place to find a gay-friendly environment on Rügen is at the beaches within easy reach from Himmelreich by car, some by bike, bus or steam train. Generally speaking, any FKK (naturalist) beach on Rügen is gay-friendly, some requiring more discretion than others.

Nude beach between access stairs 50 and 51. The Strandpromenade (beach promenade) gets cruisy after 10 pm on summer evenings.

On the west side of Rügen, on a narrow strip of sand beneath low cliffs, is the Regenbogenstrand (Rainbow Beach). You can look across the water at the beautiful Stralsund skyline from here. There is a nude section, but really GLBT people of all kinds enjoy the beach here. Popular on sunny, summer days and at sunset.

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Gay-friendly places

Binz is a popular destination with a gay beach, plenty of cafés, restaurants and bars, along with shopping and cultural events. Both Stralsund and Greifswald are rather gay-friendly. While no towns on Rügen are gay only, all are welcoming in the relaxed, open Baltic beach town atmosphere.

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