East Frisian Islands of Own Character

The East Frisian islands are wonderfully strung together off the coast of Lower Saxony in the North Sea.
East Frisian vastness, a fresh, iodine- and salt-containing breeze and gorgeously long beaches characterize Borkum, Juist, Norderney, Baltrum, Langeoog, Spiekeroog and Wangerooge.

Miles of sand beaches, dunes and woods: Borkum is the biggest East Frisian island and invites to catch a breath with its nature and healthy open sea climate.

Natives call their car-free East Frisian island Juist also "Töwerland" – meaning wonderland. Those who go on expedition between dunes and sea will soon fall for the enchantment.

Besides a nature rich in variety and the beach, Norderney has historical buildings worth seeing like the conversation house, the wind mill „Selden Rüst“, the Maries height – a dune with café and a gorgeous view – and the old lighthouse.

Baltrum is the smallest of the East Frisian islands. The "Sleeping Beauty of the North Sea" consists of a west village and an east village, dune landscapes and extensive beaches; since, this island is rather something else than a sandbank.

14 kilometers of sand beach, a fabulous dune landscape and over 1,500 sunshine hours a year - this is Langeoog, the "long island".

Old chestnut trees in the city center, pines, oaks, birches and alders in the woods, dark green crowberry heath on the dunes, this is rather not expected on a North Sea island, but will be found on Spiekeroog. The neat island village is eminently pastoral due to its old houses, narrow roads and high trees.

Extensive beaches and pristine nature: vacationists find this on the island Wangerooge, which is classified as "beach resort" since 1804. The name Wangerooge derives from the Old Germanic word "Wanga" for meadow and from the Frisian word "oog" for island.


Several times a day, ferry and catamaran cross over to the deep-sea island Borkum from the external harbor of Emden. Respective busses and trains convey you from central station to the ferry terminal. While the ferry takes 130 minutes to arrive at Borkum, the catamaran – a quicker option – takes only 60 minutes to arrive at the island. Certainly, the travel time can vary due to the tides. Learn more about departure times of the ferries:



You can already see the longest East Frisian island, which is about 7 km far off, from train station Norddeich pier. You will reach Juist comfortably via plane or one to two times a day via ship. It is a 90-minute drive. Further information on ferry times you will find here:



At good sight, you can already see Norderney from pier head in Norddeich. During the 45- to 60-minute drive, you will see both the seal sandbanks and the gorgeous west promenade of the island Norderney. Here, you will find ferry schedules:



To get to the smallest East Frisian island, the ferry starts at harbor Neßmersiel. Several times per day, the ferry crosses over to the island always at different departure times depending on the tides; however, the journey time is only 30 minutes.

Ferry Schedule: http://www.baltrum-linie.de/fahrten.php


From harbor Bensersiel, you reach the island with the ferries Langeoog III or Langeoog IV. Depending on season, the ferries cross over several times a day. After arrival, the island tram conveys the guests to the center, from where the island can be explored. Overall, the travel time is about an hour.

Ferry Schedule:


From harbor Neuharlingersiel the ferry goes to Spiekeroog. The ferry crosses over two to four times a day depending on tides. The travel by ship is about 45 minutes.

Ferry Schedule: https://www.spiekeroog.de/


The ferry starting at harbor Harlingersiel heads for the East Frisian island Wangerooge. Due to the tides varying departure times of the ferry are possible. After arrival the island tram conveys one to the center. The journey time including ferry and island tram is about 90 minutes.

Ferry Schedule: https://www.wangerooge.de/anreise-auf-die-nordseeinsel

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