North Sea - a refreshingly different holiday!

Stroll barefoot along the seabed, wait in the port with the seagulls for the shrimp boats to arrive, experience the Small Five, Flying Five and Big Five with a national park ranger, cycle over the green dikes with a tailwind behind you or enjoy the healing powers of the sea with a Thalasso treatment - holidaying by the North Sea coast of* Schleswig-Holstein is about pure relaxation with refreshing new perspectives.

Experience the uniqueness of nature combined with cultural highlights; foodies can enjoy the finest regional products in the laid-back beach bistros, rustic country inns or top restaurants, and for active visitors, endless possibilities await you both in front of the dikes and behind them - from traditional surfing, sailing and kite surfing to beach volleyball, riding, Nordic Walking and cycling.

The North Frisian Islands

Celebrate midsummer, beach parties or top-class cultural events on the island of Sylt, the queen of the North Sea, lie out on the infinite stretch of the Kniepsand sand bank on the island of Amrum, experience Föhr Island's Frisian traditions, explore the traces of the sunken city of Rungholt on Pellworm island, watch the petrels dive off Heligoland or discover the village of England on Nordstrand island. On the North Frisian Islands, holiday goers will experience the most wonderful time of year in the multi-faceted North Sea.

The Halligen

In the distance, the Halligen islands appear on the horizon, and their houses stand on the dwelling mounds (Warften), which provide protection against storm tides. You need to be made of stern stuff to live on a Hallig. A small patch of land, constantly battling against the natural elements in the heart of the roaring sea. Ten of these truly special islands can only be found on the North Sea coast of Schleswig-Holstein. Only six of these are inhabited and cultivated. Less than 400 residents live on the Halligen islands of Gröde, Hooge, Nordstrandischmoor, Oland and Langeneß, but tourists flock to the islands year after year to learn about their fascinating life.

The mainland

Tranquil harbour towns, wide sandy beaches, varied green beaches - the mainland area of the North Sea coast of Schleswig-Holstein offers everything the heart desires. 
The gateway to the island and Hallig world of Northern Friesland truly impresses with its never-ending expanse and infinite horizon. The romantic harbour town of Husum invites you to shop, wander and stroll around. Husum is particularly worth a visit in crocus season, when the town is saturated in a sea of purple flowers.

Westerheversand lighthouse, the most famous in Germany, is to be found in Eiderstedt, along with a whole host of small artist workshops. Five times as wide the Champs-Elysées in Paris and almost four times as long as the Kurfürstendamm in Berlin - the beach of St. Peter-Ording is filled with enticing events and activities or is just perfect for a spot of relaxation.

Dithmarschen is surrounded by water - the North Sea in the west, the Kiel Canal (Nord-Ostsee-Kanal) in the east, the Eider in the north and the mouth of the Elbe in the south - and is renowned as Europe's largest cabbage-growing region. Büsum is the most famous place in the Dithmarschen region and the third-largest holiday destination on the North Sea coast of* Schleswig-Holstein. The fishing village combines city flair with relaxing sunbathing pleasure on the luscious green beach over the shortest distance.

More highlights

The North Sea coast of Schleswig-Holsteins is not only 'high up' geographically speaking, but is also a real highlight on Germany's culinary map: The North Sea island of Sylt may only be 98 square kilometres but it is home to 4 Michelin-starred chefs and the annual Gourmet Festival attracts Michelin-starred chefs from all parts of the Republic in the North to spoil guests with exceptional taste sensations. Oysters from Sylt, shrimps from Büsum, lobsters from Helgoland, fresh fish from the North Sea or tender meat from the lambs on the dike and refined cabbage delicacies from Europe's largest cabbage-growing region - the freshest products grow and thrive in the healthy sea air on the North Sea coast of* Schleswig-Holstein. The coast chefs transform these exceptional ingredients into sophisticated, regional speciality dishes.

The NordseeMuseum Husum, the Multimar Watt (mud flat) Forum in Tönning, the storm tide world of "Blanker Hans" in Büsum or the "Erlebniszentrum Naturgewalten" on the island of Sylt share the secrets of coastal life with children and adults alike at various interactive stations. Here you will find out how dikes protect the coastline, what happens in a storm tide, how strong a hurricane blows and how high and low tides work.Culture enthusiasts can see how major painters have approached the sea and the raw charm of the North Sea in the new Museum Kunst der Westküste on Föhr Island or in the Nolde Foundation in Seebüll, former home and studio of North Frisian expressionist, Emil Nolde. Both young and old can expect a whole host of exciting educational museum opportunities, from designing Frisian tiles to experimental painting and hearing images.The North Sea coast of Schleswig-Holstein is diverse and offers something perfect for everyone.

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Source: nordsee* Schleswig-Holstein