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The island of Ruegen has a surface of 973 km² and is Germany's largest island. The island is located in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. It stretches around 51 km from north to south and 43 km from east to west. The Piekberg in Stubnitz is the highest point in Ruegen. There are two national parks on the island, the Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft National Park and the Jasmund National Park. Ruegen has four towns, the oldest one of them is Garz. Around 65.000 people live on the island. Ruegen is popular for its cliff coast and characterized by beech and pine forests, swamps, and marshes.