North Sea Germany
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St. Peter Ording, North Sea Germany
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The beautiful but rough North Sea is part of a shelf sea that borders the Atlantic Ocean and is located in between the shores of France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and the UK.
The North Sea coast in Germany is characterized by endless beaches, high dunes and mudflats and has an average temperature between 50 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit (10 - 20 degrees Celsius) depending the season.
Beautiful small villages and harbor towns back most beaches. In addition there many scenic islands around that make the North Sea coast in Germany a popular vacation destination. US travelers can compare the landscape with New England’s shore and Cape Cod.
Along the North Sea coast in Germany visitors can either spend their vacation days on the beach or take advantage of the common winds to sail, wind or kite surf. Moreover there are mile long biking and hiking trails that run along the shore and open jaw-dropping sceneries.
Another highlight is the Wadden Sea, a mudflat and world natural heritage. It is located between the low and high water marks and only flooded during high-tide. This circumstances make the Wadden Sea accessible during low-tide. By walking over the wetlands visitors have the chance to discover over 3,200 animal species, like starfish, crabs, worms and birds that choose the Wadden Sea and its shore as habitat. The largest part of the German Wadden Sea is running along the shore of the federal state Schleswig-Holstein.
Popular destinations along the North Sea coast in Germany are the East Frisian Islands Borkum (Borkum vacation rentals | Borkum travel guide), Juist (Juist vacation rentals | Juist travel guide), Norderney (Norderney vacation rentals | Norderney travel guide), Baltrum (Baltrum vacation rentals | Baltrum travel guide), Langeoog (Langeoog vacation rentals | Langeoog travel guide), Spiekeroog (Spiekeroog vacation rentals | Spiekeroog travel guide), and Waangerooge. All of them are accessible by ferries but some are car-free islands (Juist, Baltrum, Spiekeroog, Langeoog und Wangerooge).
Further north follows the North Frisian shore with beautiful beach towns like St. Peter-Ording or harbor towns like Husum (Husum vacation rentals | Husum travel guide) and Tönning (Tönning vacation rentals | Tönning travel guide). Not to forget the North Frisian Islands Sylt (Sylt vacation rentals | Sylt travel guide), Föhr, Amrum (Amrum vacation rentals | Amrum travel guide), Pellworm and Nordstrand (Nordstrand vacation rentals | Nordstrand travel guide). In addition there are ten ‘Halligen’, low-lying islands that are partially flooded by tides and only have a few inhabitants. These islands are the perfect get-away for people who really want to travel off-the-beaten-path.
Most villages and towns along or on the islands of the North Sea coast in Germany are characterized by thatched homes and lovely gardens. Additionally, the North Sea’s climate is said to be very healthy and many vacationers see their stay as a health treatment.
No matter the season the North Sea climate comes all year round with rain showers, strong winds and occasional storms due its location in the prevailing westerlies. However, the best time to visit the North Sea in Germany tends to be from May to September. In summer Germany’s North usually gets less rain with average temperatures between 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit (15-20 degrees Celsius).
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This travel guide has been written by Patricia Eggers.
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