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The BfN on the island of Vilm


view of the Island of Vilm

BfN Island of Vilm/Rügen Field Office

 International Academy for Nature Conservation (INA)

18581 Putbus, Germany

Tel: +49 38301 86-0
Fax: +49 38301 86-117



Map of Rügen
Map of Lauterbach

The Isle of Vilm is situated in the north-east of Germany, south of Rügen Island. You can reach the Isle of Vilm by plane via Berlin, Hamburg or Rostock-Laage with connecting trains to Lauterbach/Mole. From there the ferry leaves to Vilm.

Airports:

If you arrive at Hamburg airport, please take the S-Bahn (suburban rail network) line S1. It operates every 10 minutes between Hamburg Airport and Hamburg’s central railway station, Hauptbahnhof, a journey of only 25 minutes. The “Hamburg Airport (Flughafen)” S-Bahn station is directly in front of the terminals and is easily reached by lift, escalator or stairs.

In Berlin there are two airports. If you arrive at Berlin-Tegel (TXL), please take the shuttle bus TXL to Berlin Central train station (runs every 10 minutes, ride takes 20 minutes). If you arrive at Berlin-Schönefeld (SXF) you can use the suburban trains (S-Bahn) or the underground
(U-Bahn) to reach Berlin Central Train Station (“Hauptbahnhof”).

You can also fly to  Rostock-Laage (RLG). This is the closest airport to the island of Vilm, but with limited flight connections. If you arrive there, please take the bus L 127 to Rostock Central Bus Station (leaves after flight arrivals, ride takes 35 minutes) which is right in front of the central train station. From there you have to take a train to Lauterbach Mole. Please check the bus timetable before you fly

For more information visit http://www.rostock-airport.de/en or call +49 (0) 381/4056018 or +49 (0) 1805/007737.


Ferries:

There are ferry connections from several Nordic countries to Rügen or nearby:

* Trelleborg (Sweden) to Sassnitz/Mukran (Rügen) (continue by train to Bergen)

* Gedser (Denmark) to Rostock/Germany (continue by train to Stralsund/Bergen)


How to choose your train:

Go to www.bahn.de. For English language click the button in the upper right corner, and then type your train connection under “TravelService/Timetable” on the left. Please look for train connections to Lauterbach/Mole. You may also type e.g. “Berlin Airport” as point of departure, and then choose the right airport in order to get the direct train connection to Lauterbach/Mole. 

If you have to wait in Bergen for more than 40 minutes for a connecting train to Lauterbach, we recommend to take a taxi to Lauterbach (15 minutes ride). 

The last train from Bergen to Lauterbach departs already at 17.40 in the period September to end of May. If you arrive later than 17.35 at Bergen, please take a taxi.


Just in case - how to call a taxi:

Stralsund: +49 3831 292000 oder 39 33 33

Bergen: +49 3838 252627

Sassnitz: +49 38392 3030


Arrival by car:

You can reach the island Ruegen from Stralsund by crossing the Ruegen dam or the new Ruegen bridge. Ruegen is only 3 hours away from Lübeck, Hamburg and Berlin. New motorways ensure excellent connections.

We recommend the following routes:

From the direction of Lübeck / Hamburg / Schleswig-Holstein
From the A 1 via the Lübeck intersection onto the Ostsee-Autobahn ( Baltic motorway ) A 20 until you get to the Stralsund / Insel Rügen exit, then follow the four-lane slip road (B 96 n) and the Stralsund bypass. Take the exit “Hafen/Ozeaneum”, carry on and cross the old Ruegen dam. Immediately after the dam turn right for the direction Garz/Putbus. In Putbus follow the signs to Lauterbach.

From the direction of Berlin
Coming from the west follow the A 24 until you reach the Wittstock motorway triangle, then take the A 19 until the Rostock intersection from where you can follow the A 20 in the direction of Stralsund. (Stralsund/Insel Ruegen exit)
or
Coming from the east follow the A 11 until you reach the Uckermark intersection. Then take the A 20 in the direction of Stralsund (Stralsund/Insel Ruegen exit)
Take the exit “Hafen/Ozeaneum”, carry on and cross the old Ruegen dam. Immediately after the dam turn right for the direction Garz/Putbus. In Putbus follow the signs to Lauterbach.

From the direction of Poland
Via the A 11 Stettin - Berlin motorway and the Pomellen border crossing to Germany. Continue to the Uckermark motorway triangle, then take the A 20 in the direction of Stralsund/Neubrandenburg until you come to the Neubrandenburg-Nord exit; from there follow the B96 slip road, then take the B96 to Stralsund and the Stralsund bypass.
Take the exit “Hafen/Ozeaneum”, carry on and cross the old Ruegen dam. Immediately after the dam turn right for the direction Garz/Putbus. In Putbus, follow the signs to Lauterbach.


Either via Stralsund on the B 96 national trunk road - Bergen - Putbus to Lauterbach, or
immediately after crossing the Ruegen dam (Rügendamm), turn right heading for Garz - Putbus and continue to Lauterbach.

Current closing times for the Ruegen dam are:
*as required

02.20 - 02.50 hrs*
05.20 - 05.40 hrs
08.20 - 08.40 hrs
12.20 - 12.40 hrs
15.20 - 15.40 hrs*
17.20 - 17.40 hrs
21.20 - 21.40 hrs


In Lauterbach parking is available in our visitors' car parks (see location map). Although there is a pay machine, parking for INA guests is free of charge. However we cannot assume liability for any vehicles parked there. We advise visitors not to make their journey by car, particularly during the peak tourist season in summer.

Map of Lauterbach, Parking and Harbour

Boat crossing to the island of Vilm:

The crossing from Lauterbach to the island of Vilm is only possible in our boat, and takes 10 minutes. Our ferry, the "INA" makes the crossing to a fixed seasonal timetable which is coordinated with connecting trains. 


 

Ferry Timetable Lauterbach - Vilm/Vilm - Lauterbach:

Monday to Friday:

Departure

Lauterbach

Arrival Vilm

Departure

Vilm

Arrival Lauterbach

06.40

06.50

07.25

07.35

07.40

07.50

07.55

08.05

08.10

08.20

08.25

08.35

08.40

08.50

09.20

09.30

10.15

10.25

11.00*

11.10

11.15*

11.25

12.05

12.15

12.20*

12.30

13.00*

13.10

13.15

13.25

13.35

13.45

14.15

14.25

Mon-Thu 15.05/ Fri 14.35

Mon-Thu 15.15/ Fri 14.45

15.20

15.30

15.35

15.45

16.10

16.20

16.35

16.45

17.10

17.20

17.35

17.45

18.10

18.20

18.35

18.45

20.10

20.20

20.30

20.40

*      runs exclusively on day of arrival and departure, if ordered 

 

Saturday and Sunday: 

Please find the schedule of the ferry in the programme of the seminar.

Last Change: 02/08/2016

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