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North Sea

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North Sea

On the North Sea the world is still in order. Besides the unspoiled natural landscape, the bracing climate gives visitors to this untouched vacation area a great recovery factor with its tidelands, meadows, lighthouses and stormy seas. Bremerhaven is regarded as the largest European fishing harbor. Everyday life in past times on the North Sea is portrayed at the Speckenbüttel open-air museum. Every year thousands of tourists are enchanted by East Frisia’s austere charm. In cozy tearooms, vacationers enjoy the Frisian national drink, or in Emden they visit the Kunsthalle and the original Otto-Huus.

The Kaiser Wilhelm Bridge is considered a trademark of Wilhelmshaven. Tourists are fascinated by the lively goings-on in the great harbor. On the South Beach, the Tidal Flats National Park Center and the German Marine Museum invite a visit. Among the most popular vacation spots on the North Sea is the town of St. Peter Ording. The broad sandy beach with its stilt houses is a popular attraction. In the Eiderstedter museum of local history one can learn much about the region. During a stay on the North Frisian Islands one experiences the North Sea from its most unspoiled side. A car-train brings vacationers to the island of Sylt. In Westerland visitors can expect a diverse range of leisure options. Picturesque thatched houses dominate the landscape in Kampen. Vacations are especially idyllic on the island of Föhr. In the Frisian Museum in Wyk and the Friesendom (Church of St. Johannis) in Nieblum one becomes acquainted with the eventful island history.

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North Sea - East Frisia© Marlene Wiedemann / Travanto

East Frisia

The original vacation landscape of East Frisia is found on the Lower Saxony North Sea Coast between Dollart and Jadebusen. From the fertile marshes to the sandy Geest landscape, we realize the vastness of this charming swath of countryside. East Friesland is chiefly visited by beach vacationers, who find ideal conditions on the beaches. The picturesque coastal spots exude maritime flair. Cyclists in particular have excellent possibilities. Anyone who tours the region will also visit the cozy tearooms. East Friesland’s sights can be explored along the Störtebeker road. In East Friesland, the old port city of Leer, East Friesland’s cultural capital of Emden, or its second largest city, Aurich, reward a visit.

Things to see in East Friesland
East Friesland has many things to see. What would the East Frisian coast be without its numerous lighthouses, which immediately arouse wanderlust. A must for all art enthusiasts is a visit to the Kunsthalle in Emden. Exhibited there are pictures by the expressionists, for example by Emil Nolde and Max Pechstein. The Otto Huus in Emden is dedicated to one of the most famous East Frisians, the comedian Otto Waalkes. Besides his countless sketches, humorous books and films, one learn many interesting details of the artist’s eventful career. In Jever one simply has to visit the castle. In Miniature Land in Leerane you can marvel at true-to-detail models from the East Frisian region and bring the landscape to life by pressing a button. Another distinctive feature is the National Park station in Norddeich, for here one can look over the shoulders of volunteer helpers caring for cute baby seals.

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North Sea - East Frisian Islands© Ingetraut Roller / Travanto

East Frisian Islands

The East Frisian Islands extend along the Lower Saxony North Sea coast. On the islands the rhythm of life is dictated by the tides. The broad sand beaches and the healthy, bracing climate of the North Sea make the islands among the best-loved vacation areas of Germany. The islands are part of the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park. Guided tideland hikes acquaint visitors with the charming landscape.

Things worth seeing on the East Frisian islands
Borkum is the largest of the East Frisian islands. The town of Borkum conveys small-town flair and disposes of an interesting museum of local history and a lighthouse dating from the16th century. Do not miss the popular North Sea Aquarium, where you can observe lobster, cat sharks and corals. The automobile-free island of Juist is extremely narrow and possesses magnificent sandy beaches. But as well the seawater adventure pool is fun in bad weather. One can explore the history of the islands in the Coastal Museum. On Norderney, worldly island flair holds sway, but there are also larger tracts of forest. Take a side-trip to the lighthouse, which is the islands’ trademark. In the observatory you will learn a lot about the constellations on the North German coast. The East Frisian island of Baltrum is especially calm and idyllically situated. In the National Park House one learns everything about the Wadden Sea, an intertidal area along the coast. Also exciting here is a tour of the tidal path, which invites participation with 7 km and 18 information stations.

North Sea - North Frisia© Hildegard Richter / Travanto

North Frisia

North Frisia impresses visitors with its multifaceted coastal landscape. Here one can spend restful vacations off the beaten track of mass tourism. Active rest and relaxation and a rich program of sightseeing are guaranteed. The vacation region of North Friesland is among Germany’s most unspoiled vacation destinations, and it is hard to resist the region’s rugged charm. In North Friesland, beach vacationers are in their element, and wellness tourism is also very much in demand in the healthy, bracing climate. In Husum, Fisherwoman Tine greets guests in the marketplace. At the picturesque harbor the tastiest crab sandwiches in North Friesland are on sale. St. Peter Ording is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the region. On the broad sandy beach stand the characteristic houses on stilts.

Worth seeing in North Friesland
North Friesland greets its guests with a range of interesting sights. Pay a visit to the Ostenfelder farmhouse, the oldest open-air museum in Germany. In the Maritime Museum in Husum, enthusiasts of ships and the sea will get their money’s worth. Fans of the North German author Theodor Storm will find many objects from the author’s estate on display in his house in the inner city of Husum. The water tower has become a trademark of the city, and with its viewing platform it offers a beautiful view of the surroundings. In St. Peter Ording, the amber museum greets you with many examples of the “Gold of the North.” The Eider river flood barrier is also a magnet for visitors. It prevents too much seawater from surging into the Eider, which would cause a flood.

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North Sea - North Frisian Islands© Andrea Grocholl / Travanto

North Frisian islands

The North Frisian islands are located before the western coast of Schleswig-Holstein. Especially for active vacationers and those seeking rest and relaxation, the vacation region is ideal. They enjoy an unspoiled landscape that is largely spared the great floods of tourists. Sylt is the best loved of the islands and can be reached by car train. The Westerland beach resort offers charming contrasts between the broad spa promenade and the picturesque village church of St. Niels. On Föhr vacationers find pretty Frisian houses and numerous old churches. Amrum is the southernmost of the North Frisian islands. Here vacationers can enjoy a peaceful stay. From the harbor of Wittdün excursion boats cast off from the island for the mainland.

Worth seeing on the North Frisian Islands
With the many sights to see on Sylt, time never drags. The Aquarium in Westerland offers exciting discoveries. Here you can observe tropical and native sea dwellers. In good weather no one should miss a hike along the cliff path from Keitum to Kampen. History buffs will like the Sylt Museum of Local History. Here you learn much about island life in past centuries. On Föhr it is worthwhile to visit the Frisian Museum, which offers a comprehensive cultural historical collection. In the Art Museum of the West Coast there are works by famous painters, such as Emil Nolde. On Amrum one should not miss seeing the Öömrang Hüs, if one is interested in past life in North Friesland. Nature lovers will find generous possibilities in the north of the island on the Odde to watch birds.

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North Sea - Cuxhaven© Jürgen Kurth / Travanto

Cuxhaven

The North Sea health spa of Cuxhaven is located on the western bank of the Elbe estuary. The town is also known as the site of one of Germany’s most important fishing harbors. A settlement developed on the Elbe estuary already around 1570. Until 1937 Cuxhaven was part of Hamburg, and today has a population of about 49,000. In Duhnen, we find the city’s most beautiful beaches, which are popular with both the natives and their guests. Since 1964, Cuxhaven has had the status of a state-certified sea health spa.

Worth seeing in Cuxhaven
In the old city stands Ritzebüttel Castle, the nucleus of the city. The city museum is housed in the historical walls. At the harbor, the Alte Liebe is considered a trademark. The viewing platform formerly served as a boarding bridge. In the district of Döse, the Kurpark invites strollers. Visible from a great distance is the Kugelbake, a 30-meter high wooden structure, which once served as a sea mark. The historical building complex of the Hapag Hallen recall the thousands of emigrants who sought their fortune in America. About 13 km northwest of Cuxhaven lies the island of Neuwerk, which actually belongs to Hamburg. One can reach it with a pleasant walk at low tide. Interesting here is besides Germany’s oldest lighthouse, the Cemetery of Nameless Persons, where unidentified dead washed up by the sea lie buried.

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Friedrichskoog

The town of Friedrichskoog is located in the southwest of the District of Dithmarschen and has 2,500 residents. The town spreads out over the quite fertile marsh of Süderdithmarschen. The salt marshes are very intensively grazed, with the exception of nature protection areas. Friedrichskoog was named for the Danish King Friedrich VII and was created in the mid-19th century through embankment. The area of the town also includes the Dieksanderkoog, embanked in the 1930s and used as a model settlement by the National Socialists. The town is widely known for its seal station, which began its activities in 1985. Here orphaned baby seals are raised and later again released in the North Sea.

Worth seeing in Friedrichskoog
Tourism plays a leading role in Friedrichskoog. Even if the town beaches have no privileged classes, it is rustically maritime and always worth a trip. The embankment is located directly on the tidal flats and offers itself ideally for extended tidal-flat hikes. Crab cutters anchor in the harbor. Numerous visitors came to Friedrichskoog when the annual Cutter regatta is held. Along the coastal flood barrier Trischendamm, built in 1935, many events take place in the summer. A trademark of the town is the Wedding Windmill. Little vacation guests will enjoy a visit to the Indoor Amusement Park, shaped like a whale, whose 2,500 square-meters promise no end of exciting things to do.