From Büsum we took the train back to Hamburg and then switched to an eastbound train to Stralsund, on the Baltic Sea near Poland. Our destination was the island of Rügen, Germany's largest island. There are several small towns on Rügen that became resort towns about a century ago. We rented half a house in the beautiful town of Sellin. The pier turns 100 years old on August 2nd! It was mostly destroyed by ice in 1924, rebuilt, survived the second World War, fell into disrepair under Communist rule and finally rebuilt in the 1990s after reunification.
The building contains a restaurant and party hall. There were two weddings going on while we walked around. The end of the pier serves as a ferry terminal. Travelers arriving on the ferry would walk up these stairs to Sellin's main street, which is lined with turn-of-the-century pensions and restaurants. After we climbed the stairs two guys rode mountain bikes down them.