German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


The BfN on the island of Vilm

Insel 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.


The closest international airports are Berlin and Hamburg. Please, choose a flight connection to Berlin or Hamburg and continue your journey by train. The train ride from Berlin/Hamburg takes a little less than 4.5 hours.

If you arrive at Hamburg airport, please take the suburban train (“S-Bahn”) line S1. The station is located directly in front of the terminal. The suburban train operates every 10 minutes between Hamburg Airport and Hamburg’s central railway station (“Hauptbahnhof”). The train ride takes 25 minutes. For further information regarding Hamburg Airport visit:

If you arrive at Berlin airport (BER), you can choose from numerous bus and train connections.
The railway station at the airport is directly below T1. The Airport Express and regional trains run to Berlin Hauptbahnhof four times per hour. The journey takes 30 minutes. In addition, the S9 and S45 S-Bahn train lines connect BER to the city centre, running every 20 minutes. Furthermore, an Intercity BER T1-2 runs to Rostock several times a day. 
For further information regarding BER visit:


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 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)
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. The ferry is run by BfN and is free of charge.

Please, note that the BfN ferry runs from a different place than in previous years.

Due to the corona pandemic, the BfN has to implement many new regulations. Therefore the ferry service has been restricted:
Up to 10 participants wearing a medical mask are allowed on our ferry boat "INA". The ferry times will therefore be communicated separately and the participants will be allocated to the respective ferry times. Changes, e.g. due to delays on your way to Lauterbach, must be notified in advance by telephone (+49-38301/86-0). We will then organise a new departure time for you.


Last Change: 02/08/2016