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"To visit Ruegen means to visit Sassnitz ", the writer Fontane told his Effie Briest. In fact, Sassnitz was the first seaside resort on Ruegen. The city has a 1,444 km. long harbour wall, the longest in Europe. It gives a certain air of permanency to the harbour, where passenger ships, sports boats and a small fishing fleet all dock. The city borders on the Jasmund National Park and its picturesque chalk coastline, the Koenigsstuhl and the Wissower Klinken are well known all over Germany. Sourced with thanks from All-in-all.com/english/1020.htm Sassnitz (before 1993 in German: Saßnitz) is a town on the Jasmund peninsula, Rügen Island, in the Federal State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. The population in 2004 was 10,920. It is a well-known resort town, and is a gateway to the nearby Jasmund National Park. Sassnitz is home to Rügen's only zoo. The decommissioned British submarine HMS Otus was purchased by a German entrepreneur and towed to Sassnitz to be a floating museum. Sourced with thanks from En.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sassnitz

The Port of Sassnitz is situated on the eastern side of the Isle of Ruegen and is thus the easternmost deep-water port in Germany. This geographical position provides the shortest sea connection from Germany to Sweden, Denmark/Bornholm, Finland, Russia and the Baltic states. The port is located directly on the open sea which means an uncomplicated approach for shipping. This makes time-consuming channel navigation unnecessary, and there is no obligation for pilot service. Water depths of 10.50 m make the port accessible to all ship classes which operate in the Baltic Sea. Due to its optimal and spacious track installation the Port of Sassnitz has become a specialist port for combined rail ferry traffic. As the only port location of Western Europe the Port of Sassnitz has track and transshipment facilities for rail cars of the Russian broad gauge and is also well-known as " the westernmost cargo station of the Trans-Siberian railway ". Sourced with thanks from Faehrhafen-sassnitz.de

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