The Granitz forest is a hilly area covered with woods, located between the sea resort of Sellin, where we stayed, and the one of Binz.
I rode this forest not less than 4 times but never more than 2 hours, at sunrise in early morning, and have consequently explored all possible trails.
Most of them are suitable for city bikes, but a couple more are tougher. The area is interesting because it involves a lot of ups and down and a ride can accumulate a significant elevation total.
The highest point rises just over 100m, and on which stands the famous eponymous hunting inn ("Jagdschloss"), built by some rich local lord in the 19th century.
The most commonly done loop is the one that does a tour around the forest, but there are several ways to do that. It would be just too complicated to describe a specific loop such the possibilities are varied. So I'm just going to describe the main lines and each main portion.
Basically, two trailheads live Sellin into the forest. The first is at the level of Granitzer Straße, in the continuity of Sellin's main artere, the second one, more north, in the continuity of Kirchstraße, near a playground for kids. From this one, it's possible to catch back the south one at the first junction.
The south trail leaving Granitzer Straße follows an asphalted road for a while, crossing a wide clearing, then enters the pine forest.
A junction appears as we reach the railway. We can follow it left or right. Left is the official wide cycling path and right is a more sporty singletrack.
As we reach again the railway and a crossing passage, another junction allows going straight or heading north in the forest. The nicest-looking is the north one; it leads to Frankenberge where either the north trail is reached. The one that goes west has potholes and sections with a lot of sand that can be tricky.
Another section is reached. The south way goes to the train station of Granitz nearby. Another north track heads to a central place in the forest where the grave of a Finnish soldier is located ("Finnischerkrieger"), as well as a large cross with 4 directions. We'll get back to it later.
From the Granitz station, we can ride up to the hunting inn ("Jagdschloss") via a very steep cobbled track, or going further west, still following the railway. At the easternmost corner of the railway, another steep cobbled track goes up to Jagdschloss, or we can head north, overlooking the railway high on its right side, towards Binz.
There we reach the train station called "Jagdschloss", located near the upper residential districts of Binz. A trailhead goes east in the forest. That's the trail that heads to "Finnischerkrieger", and if we keep going straigth, that catch back the south track to Sellin. Having tested it with the trail and Nicolas in it, I can affirm this is the smoothest way to link Sellin and Binz. All others are more bumpy.
From "Finnischerkrieger" is also marked a rougher trail that reaches the Frankenberge junction of the north trail. This is a wild singletrack that needs to be done on a mountain bike. Several of such ways are marked on the map but not all of them exist in the reality, for example its continuation to the south of Schwarzer See, neither the one NE from "Jagdschloss" that is supposed to reach the middle trail, neither the vertical one to Silvitzer Ort. I have spent some long minutes to look for them unsuccessfully ! :)
Let's not describe the north trail evocated in several occasions, that goes in the continuity of the street Strandpromenade in Binz. More or less, this trail is the biking doublure of the pedestrian coast trail from Binz to Baabe. It is also an interesting trail, but a part of it has been featured with beton matrices to make it easier, except that the matrices moved and don't match each other's ends, making it quite unpleasant to ride.
For a long time this trail doesn't meet any junction, apart from some side-trails going to viewpoints like Silvitzer Ort. The first junction is Frankenberge, mentionned before. Keeping north, we get to a very interesting place, Schwarzer See: a natural lake of stagnating water. On its north shore, near the trail, a wooden viewpoint allows to admire it. Then it gets back to Sellin. There is an unmarked diversion at one point, left, but it gets back to the main trail.
Let's finally describe a last possibility that doesn't correspond anymore to the Granitz forest, but worth to mention, which consists in making a visit around Schmachter see, the inner lake near Binz.
From the "Jagdschloss" train station, SE, described before, we get the main road that we follow until Serams and Pantow. As we cross a little hill with woods, a marked bike path goes transversally at the pass. Turn right. We enter then a pine forest with few houses.
At some point, we meet several sections and it is not well indicated anymore, but if we always turn right we are sure to keep as close as possible to the lake. The north end of Binz is reached. A track that goes along sport fields and tennis courts takes us safely till near the center. Facing the main touristic avenue, a viewpoint allows a panorama on Schmachter see.
Then we can decide either to get back the simplest way to the Granitz forest (north trail), or keep following still for a while the SE shore of Schmachter see. After skirting though residential districts we cross the road and catch the middle trail.
The drive is different if we choose to start in Sellin, Binz, or any other point like Lancken-Granitz.
This little map shows the situation of these locations. For more indications about orientation on the Rügen island, refer to the parent page.
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When to Bike
All year long !