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Die Nordsee-Insel Norderney, Bild: WalterWeiss / shutterstock

Norderney – the noble pearl off the Frisian coast

Two kilometers wide, 14 kilometers long, 6,200 inhabitants, 330,000 tourists every year, 2,200 beach chairs! These are the bare figures of the North Sea island of Norderney. But behind it lies an island with a lot of charm and even more tradition. “Norder neye Oog” – that was the original name of this spot on the Frisian doorstep. Which can be translated as “Norden’s new island”. If you head for Norderney as a holidaymaker, you usually use a ferry from Norddeich-Mole.

Unless you prefer the transfer with one of the small planes stationed at Norderney Airport. And at the latest when the guests feel the wind constantly blowing over the white dunes, they have arrived on Norderney. In Germany’s first North Sea spa.

Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site

Norderney Lighthouse
The lighthouse on Norderney, Image: IndustryAndTravel

This island is proud to be a part of the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park. After all, this region was ennobled by UNESCO in 2009 and received an entry in the World Heritage List. An impressive and unique ecosystem spreads around Norderney – a garden of the North Sea, which is under particularly intensive protection. “The sea is not a land – it is the experience of eternity”. With these words, the writer and Nobel Prize winner Thomas Mann once characterized the wondrous world of the Wadden Sea. Tides, wind and waves shape and sustain the landscape, and Norderney has long since taken on the obligation to preserve this biodiversity.

Norderney – The summer residence of the high nobility

Norderney has always been the destination of celebrities and received the title of a “North Sea spa” as early as 1797. For the royal Hanoverian nobility, the island became a popular summer residence in the early years of the 19th century, and those who wanted to afford something special on holiday on the nearby North German mainland followed the crowned heads and the captains of industry and enjoyed the spicy and invigorating air of this island as well as the flair of the former island village for some time. where the inhabitants were primarily engaged in fishing. Norderney gained importance with the Congress of Vienna in 1815, when East Frisia was added to the Kingdom of Hanover . From then on, many things changed on the island.

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Accommodations on Norderney

Hotels for the upscale

Norderney is known for its high-quality hotels that offer luxury and first-class service. These hotels are often located in historic buildings and offer stunning views of the Wadden Sea or the North Sea. Here, guests can relax in luxurious rooms and suites, enjoy excellent restaurants and use the spa to pamper themselves.

Holiday apartments and holiday homes for flexibility

For travelers who want more independence, a holiday home or apartment on Norderney is a great option. Accommodating families and groups, these accommodations are equipped with fully equipped kitchens to accommodate self-catering. From cosy beach huts to spacious villas, there is a holiday apartment to suit every need and taste.

Camping and motorhome pitches for nature lovers

For those who are looking for closeness to nature, there are also campsites and motorhome pitches on Norderney. Here you can camp in the open air and enjoy the fresh North Sea air. Most campsites offer modern facilities such as sanitary buildings and electricity connections.

Norderney – In the footsteps of prominent guests

From then on, writers such as Theodor Fontane and Heinrich Heine, politicians such as Gustav Stresemann and Otto von Bismarck regularly met on Norderney during the warm summer months. Emperor Wilhelm I was even erected a monument on Bismarckstraße. For this purpose, 75 rock blocks from all parts of the former German Empire were piled up. And anyone strolling through the pretty village with its historic buildings today will get a vague impression of why the celebrities of days gone by enjoyed the summer retreat on Norderney with all their senses. The Kurhaus from 1836, where a casino is located today, has been preserved. And the “Royal Lodging House” with its classicist façade, which has since been converted into a hotel.

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The sophisticated character is still present

View of Norderney
View of Norderney, Image: flightpictures / shutterstock

There is no question about it: Norderney deliberately stands out from its neighbours on the island. There they cherish the still present sophisticated character. While elsewhere a strict driving ban for cars has been issued and here and there even bicycles are frowned upon, Norderney accepts car traffic on the streets and paths of its 26 square kilometers between May and September. However, there is an absolute ban on vehicles in the vicinity of the protected area in the Grohdepolder – east of the lighthouse. This region, like the Südstrandpolder, is an Eldorado for ornithologists. 95 different bird species were counted – from the black-tailed godwit to the short-eared owl. Seals and grey seals are the inhabitants of the sea and can be observed on the sandbanks when they are pampered by the rays of the sun.

With the tourist train to the old mill

Bömmel’s tourist train is still a relic from an old time. It chauffeurs its guests from the rose garden to the mill, passing a picturesque dune landscape and the marina. The most striking building on the island is the lighthouse with its 54 meters height. If you are good on foot, climb 254 steps to the viewing platform and get an impressive panoramic view. The neighbours Juist, Borkum, Langeoog and Spiekeroog can be seen without binoculars.

The windmill and the stone beacon, which served as a guide for sailors for generations, are also listed as historical monuments. The post office and the Conservation House, where the information centre is housed and which sees itself as the cultural centre of the island, date back to imperial times. Hikes through the Wadden Sea are still a highlight for guests who book their holiday home on Norderney year after year. An attraction for music enthusiasts is the annual “Summertime” event, where stars from pop, rock and classical music meet.