Germany Trip Plan:
Aurich - in the green heart of East Frisia

Germany trip plan: Aurich - in the green heart of East Frisia
Pilsumer Lighthouse
[ source: www.ostfriesland.de/]

Aurich, at the heart of East Frisian countryside, is close to the North Sea. The tidelands with their unique ecosystem always invite for long discovery walks. Greetsiel, the picturesque fishing village, the flower-city Wiesmoor and Spiekeroog, one of the famous islands off coast, guarantee for long lasting, beautiful memories.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 7 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Hamburg Airport

Trip Plan Details:

Aurich, at the heart of East Frisian countryside, is close to the North Sea. The tidelands with their unique ecosystem always invite for long discovery walks. Greetsiel, the picturesque fishing village, the flower-city Wiesmoor and Spiekeroog, one of the famous islands off coast, guarantee for long lasting, beautiful memories.

Aurich, the charming town with the typical northern German flair, welcomes all visitors not only with warm hospitality but numerous attractions, embedded in the unique landscape between the salt marsh, fen and moor. Long rejuvenating walks or bike tours will give you great opportunities to experience the beauty of this county. Seafood and fish can\'t be served fresher and accompanied by the typical northern specialty called Bohnsopp, a or a fresh Jever Pilsener, the day couldn\'t possibly end any better.

Cost Estimate:

We compiled some starting prices and rough estimates to help you better with your Germany trip planning.

Lodging: starting at $403 for 2 persons / 7 days
Admissions: starting at $250 for 2 persons / 7 days
Car Rental: starting at $420 / 7 days
Gas: starting at $250 / 7 days
Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $1323 / 7 days
 4 persons, starting at $1373 / 7 days

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Day 1: Arrival
Tidelands, East Friesian Islands
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Breathe the fresh air of the North Sea and after unpacking your bags at your new vacation apartment, go on a walk to explore your new neighborhood with its shops, tea- and coffee-houses. The oldest pub in town Ewige Lampe, eternal lamp, lies in Hafenstrasse, in the pedestrian zone of Aurich.


Day 2: Aurich

Day 2: Aurich
Pedestrian Zone Aurich, GNU-Olaf Meister
[ source: Wikipedia]

In Aurich you can explore many historical sights, pleasantly mixed with modern facilities, as you will find out today. Either you join a guided tour, starting always at the tourist information at the Pferdemarkt, or go on your own tour. The market place is one of the largest in Lower Saxony and the center of activity with its covered market hall and the Sous-tower. Don't miss the market-days, held on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On your walk through town you will encounter architectural jewels of the typical East Friesian period of the 18th century with their gabled structure as well as a baroque style manor, the Knodtsche Haus, with a rather unusual mansard roof. Nowadays it is home to a nice restaurant and beer garden. Not far from the former West Gate of Aurich, at the Burgstrasse, you can learn much more about this town at the Historical Museum. A visit is also fun for children since they are invited to hands-on experiences. Interesting is also the complex of buildings at the Schlossplatz. The castle square, the new castle and its adjacent buildings, the stables and coach house were built between 1851 and 1855 on the foundations of a much older castle. A Dutch-style windmill with a gallery and a wind rose has five stories and is with 97 ft the second highest mill in East Frisia. Besides the related museum enjoy a typical Frisian drink at their tea-shop Teestube Kluntje.


Day 3: Greetsiel, fishing village on the North-Sea coast

Day 3: Greetsiel, fishing village on the North-Sea coast
Greetsiel
[ source: www.greetsiel.org/]

The first things that you will see from a distance are the two windmills of Greetsiel, whose wings are still turning in a good light wind. Along the streets to Greetsiel stand trees that are bent by wind and storm. Fish cutters lie at anchor in the harbor as they have in many centuries. Lots of people watch as shellfish are brought on land and cutters turn in the harbor to moor at the docks. In the last decades, the port and historical buildings in the town center have served as location for cinema and television films. Especially well known is the Pilsumer lighthouse, which is about 1.5 miles distant from Greetsiel. Beside the picturesque surroundings numerous cafes, restaurants and inns invite you to stay for a while.


Day 4: Norden, North-Dike and seal breeding station

Day 4:  Norden, North-Dike and seal breeding station
Common Seal, CC-Cele4
[ source: Wikipedia]

Geographically, the East Frisian-Oldenburgian peninsula lies on the outermost northwest coast of Germany. This region includes the islands along the coast, as well as the mainland area. The drying of coastal marshland behind dikes, the cultivation of moors and the new agricultural classification of Geest areas has created a landscape with many special features. A large part of East Frisia is dedicated to wildlife preserves such as the FFH/Bird Sanctuaries and the National Park of Lower Saxony called Wattenmeer, which is an area of low-tide shallows ranging from 3 to 19 miles along the coast.

Enjoy your stay in Norden, the most north-western town of Germany's mainland, directly located at the North Sea coast. A walk along the total stretch of 16 miles tideland will give you great insights of this special, with the tides changing environment. And a visit here would not be complete without a stop at Norddeich, the biggest seaside resort in East Frisia. From the local ferry port you can also reach the offshore islands Juist and Norderney.

Another highlight of today's excursion is the Seal-Breeding-Station! Two times daily, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. you can watch the young seals, called Heuler, enjoying their daily meals consisting of yummy North Sea herring and other fishy goodies. But care and protection is also given to other inhabitants of the sea and various bird species, as documented and displayed in their museum part.


Day 5: Flower-City Wiesmoor

Day 5: Flower-City Wiesmoor
Flower-City Wiesmoor, GNU-Parad0x0n
[ source: Wikipedia]

As the name Wies-moor indicates, this town is located in the middle of a moor. Long known as a climatic health town, Wiesmoor also became famous for its seas of colorful flowers, which can be admired everywhere in the town's gardens and parks and in huge green houses. It was not until the early 19th Century when the Prussian state gave an around 30,000 acre large uninhabited area of moor land, the Wiesmoor, free for colonization and to cut peat. Around 1925 first green houses for the cultivation of cucumbers and tomatoes were built.

Today one main source of income for locals is tourism and therefore their focus lies on the preservation of the moor landscape. Breeding plants, shrubs and potted flowers is equally important. The Wies-moor has one of the largest contiguous horticultural lands in Europe. Indulge in the colorful display of flowers also in the magnificent Floral Hall, get a different perspective on one of the offered romantic boat trips on the canals and feel the soft ground under your feet walking on the moor!


Day 6: Island Spiekeroog

Day 6: Island Spiekeroog
Crab-cutter, Neuharlingersiehl, CC-Heinz-Josef Lücking
[ source: Wikipedia]

All together seven, most beautiful islands lie off shore East Frisia, sometimes referred to as the eyelashes of Aurich; the eye itself stands for East Frisia and the iris is Aurich. All of these islands, Borkum, Juist, Norderney, Baltrum, Langeoog, Spiekeroog, and Wangeooge, are since decades famous seaside resorts and a vacation to East Frisia would not be complete with at least a visit to one of the islands.

Start your day in the North Sea spa town Neuharlingersiel and have a look around in the old harbor before embarking to the island Spiekeroog. It is an island of tranquility and not hustle and bustle. No cars ore bikes are aloud here and even most of the day bicycles have to be left home. No doubt, the Spiekerooger have understood how to maintain the typical village atmosphere. No gigantic buildings, but houses with elegant doors, porches and bay windows harmonically line the streets. Green is the dominant color and important for locals and their guests is the sea, the beach, are the paths through the dunes and the few cafes, restaurants and gift shops. Special travel tip: During April to the middle of October you can enjoy boat trips to Spiekeroog on board the renowned sailing ship Gorch Fock. Including those day trips are a 5 hours guided island stay with leisurely beach-fun. Watch the seals in their natural habitat and learn about professional fishing!!


Day 7: Departure

Day 7: Departure
Castle Aurich, GNU-Olaf Meister
[ source: Wikipedia]

It is always great fun to visit East Frisia and you might consider coming back soon, in which case we are happy to assist you and gladly personalize your stay!

A local specialty in East Frisia is Bohnsopp and no, it is not some kind of bean soup, yet very delicious and easy to make. Use 1 liter of a good clear Schnapps / Brandy and add 100 grams of rock candy and 250 grams of raisins or sultana. A particularly great taste experience is guaranteed after a long storage period, in which the raisins had plenty of time to soak up the brandy. The raisins are then also perfect, mixed with a vanilla-cinnamon sauce, as a topping on vanilla ice cream. Caution: you might want to storage the raisin-liquor out of the reach of your children!


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Aurich

Aurich
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Aurich is a town in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is the capital of the district of Aurich.  [ + ] More Details

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Greetsiel

Greetsiel
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Greetsiel is a small port on the river Leybucht in western East Frisia, Germany. Greetsiel was first mentioned in letters from the year 1388. Since 1972, Greetsiel forms part of the municipality of Krummhörn, with its administrative seat in Pewsum.…  [ + ] More Details

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