Lower Saxony

The East Frisian Islands

The row of seven East Frisian Islands stretches before one on the horizon, just three to ten kilometers off the coast: the islands are named Borkum, Juist and Norderney, Baltrum and Langeoog, Spiekeroog and Wangerooge. In total, this chain is about ninety kilometers long, ranging from the mouth of the Ems in the west to the mouth of the Jade in the east.

Together, the seven islands form a protective shield for the unique tidal flats. Due to the current of the North Sea - which has been flowing from the English Channel in a northeasterly direction for millenia - tidal flats formed along the coasts of the flat sea, extending from the Netherlands through Denmark.

Catching one's breath on the islands also includes calmly taking time to enjoy the region's specialties. These include prawns, mussels and fish, and also soups rich in calories, heavy cabbage dishes and hearty stews with unusual names like 'colourful chicken'. And on a cold afternoon be sure to get to know an authentic East Frisian tea ceremony held by an islander cozily in front of the fireplace.

The offerings of the museums on the East Frisian Islands are quite astonishing. The Coast Museum Juist, for instance, shows everything about the island's history, dyke construction, storm surges and fishing in the area.

The Coastal Region

From Emden to Otterndorf there are vast meadowlands where many black pied 'Eulalias', as the cattle are called here, graze peacefully. Then comes the realm of the 'dyke officials', as the cuddly white sheep are called who carry out their important service here, keeping the grass short and repeatedly tramping the ground with their small claws. Behind that the flood plain, salt marshes that are flooded during stormy weather, and beaches for building castles, digging in the sand and lounging.

The locals are always willing to help; they welcome anyone who would like to enjoy the peace of the north in a friendly way. These are the very best prerequisites to catch your breath and relax and unwind. Those interested in culture can attend concerts in the evenings played on organs that are centuries old. They will also find museums where they can get informed about the region's history. One highlight, for instance, is in the Museum for Tidal Fishery in Wremen: a prawn shelling machine patented in 1954 which is the oldest one in the world. The Christmas markets which can be found all along the coast are also particularly romantic. You can also celebrate a wonderful New Year's Eve here, mixing the tastes of sea air and champagne in a delightful way.

So you see that the North Sea coast and the East Frisian Islands have something to offer everyone. Only getting here - that you'll have to do yourself. Once you're here, help yourself to what the North Sea has to offer.

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Source: Die Nordsee GmbH