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Built in 1906 on the German island Rügen, Sellin Pier is one of the most beautiful piers in the world

Ian Smith

Sellin Pier is a pier in the Baltic seaside resort of Sellin on the German island of Rügen. The pier has a restaurant near the beach over the water and a diving gondola (Tauchgondel).

Initial plans in 1901 foresaw a 60-metre-long landing stage, but this was deemed insufficient due to the very high visitor numbers anticipated. The first 508-metre long pier with a restaurant was built in 1906. After a fire at the bridge head in 1920 a new building was needed. In 1925 a new pier was built, with a platform and concert hall, that had a length of approximately 500 metres.

This bridge was destroyed in severe ice conditions in the winter of 1941/1942. The undamaged bridge house survived, however, and from 1950s to the 1970s was the site of a popular dance hall. During this time, however, the structure of the building was neglected and in 1978 the dilapidated bridgehead, including its structures, had to be demolished.

Illuminated Sellin Pier at dusk Source

Illuminated Sellin Pier at dusk Source

 

Old Photo of Sellin Pier Source

Old Photo of Sellin Pier Source

 

Original image description from the Deutsche Fotothek Sellin Source

Original image description from the Deutsche Fotothek Sellin Source

 

Ostseebad Sellin Source

Ostseebad Sellin Source

 

Panoramic photo of Sellin Pier Source

Panoramic photo of Sellin Pier Source

 

Sellin Pier during the winter Source

Sellin Pier during the winter Source

 

Sellin Pier from the air (2011) Source

Sellin Pier from the air (2011). Source

 

Sellin Pier Source

After water damage was found in October 2011 the restaurant was closed for some time. Source

 

The iluminated resturant at Sellin Pier Source

The illuminated restaurant at Sellin Pier Source

 

View from the beach.Source

View from the beach. Source

In 1991 the President of Germany, Richard von Weizsäcker, visited Sellin and this prompted active support for its rebuilding. On 27 August 1992, reconstruction began in several sections based on models of the buildings from 1906 and 1925. On 20 December 1997 Sellin honorary citizen, Hans Knospe, symbolically cut the ribbon for at the handover of the structure.

The official opening of the new pier, including its restaurant, was held on 2 April 1998. At 394 metres it is the longest pier on the island.After water damage was found in October 2011 the restaurant was closed for some time.