Water, wind and expansive land – that is what makes up the North Sea. Keen walkers can enjoy roaming the mudflats of the Wadden Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage site. For those who prefer to explore rare flora and fauna, the clear, salty air is a natural way to invigorate the body and mind. Local thalassotherapy centres provide access to even more of the sea’s healing power. The bathing timetable in the North Sea is dictated by the rhythm of the tides, even at the green beaches of Dithmarschen. The Elbe flows into the North Sea next to the Kugelbake, the main landmark of Cuxhaven.
>> www.germany.travel/en • www.die-nordsee.de (in German) • www.nordseetourismus.de (in German) • www.cuxland.de (in German) • www.echt-dithmarschen.de (in German)
Heligoland is Germany’s only island in the open sea. Those arriving by ferry will be welcomed by cheerful, colourful fishing huts. Always in view is ‘Lange Anna’, an enormous red rock. From here you can walk from the coastal area (‘Unterland’), to the upland part of the island (‘Oberland’). Thousands of rare birds have made themselves at home on the Lummenfelsen, Germany’s smallest nature reserve. For those who enjoy shopping, you can also buy a special item or two to meet your heart’s desire.