The Frisian Islands – Part II

The Frisian Islands Part IIIn Part I of our series on the Frisian Islands, we looked at Föhr, Amrum and Sylt, four Frisian islands that perfectly represent the multiple attractions of this beautiful region of Germany. Today, we’re going to talk about Norderney, Langeoog, Borkum and Juist which sit at the east and north of this island chain. Each has its own unique character and charm, so if you’re considering a holiday or extended trip to the North Sea, read on to find out which island might be best suited to you.

This petite island is renowned for its 17km long beach, which separates the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wadden Sea from the North Sea. Hiking, biking, and seal trips are all popular pastimes, and there’s no shortage of spas and wellness centres either. The tranquillity of the island is shattered just once a year during late spring, when the Juister Musikfestival comes to town.
If you’re planning a holiday here, it might be worth bringing your bicycle. Traffic is banned on Juist and only medical professionals have access to vehicles. Fortunately, the island’s small enough to get around easily without wheels – just remember to bring a good pair of walking shoes.

Notable as Germany’s most north-westerly point and the largest of the East Frisian Islands, Borkum is a favourite holiday spot for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life on the mainland. The warm climate and unspoilt landscape are appealing enough, but the real draw is the healthy air: rich in iodine and low in pollen. During the high season, this island is also car free, so there’s very little pollution. The island has been a celebrated spa resort since the late 19th century and is famous for its thalassotherapy: A treatment which uses the power of seawater to soothe aching muscles.

Norderney is the oldest North Sea spa resort in Germany, with an illustrious history that includes being named a Royal Institute of Seabathing. It remains an incredibly relaxing destination, thanks to its windswept sandy beaches, gentle waves and traditional villages. The surrounding habitat is a designated UNESCO World Natural Heritage site, but there are still plenty of outdoor activities on offer for locals and visitors. A close-knit permanent community and a loyal contingent of returning guests ensures that there’s always something happening here, with the annual White Sands Festival one of the biggest island events. A beach party of massive proportions, the festival includes windsurfing and volleyball competitions along with club nights led by world-class DJs.

There’s a bathing beach for everyone on Langeoog, with long stretches along the sands reserved for such diverse groups as surfers, young people, dog walkers and non-smokers. Away from the beach, Langeoog is an equally active place. As with many of the Frisian islands, cars are banned, and during the high season even bicycles are kept well away from the main shopping area. Subsequently, the island is a haven for walkers and hikers alike. The most popular landmark is its red-roofed water tower, which dates back to 1909. Between March and October, you can climb to the top to gaze across the island and admire the beauty of the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park.

Although homes on these idyllic islands are highly sought after, Engel & Völkers have the local expertise to make your search as easy as possible. Whether you’re planning a permanent move, looking for a second home, or hoping to invest in a rental property, our friendly agents will be on hand to assist you every step of the way. Our real estate offices on Norderney, Langeoog, Juist and Borkum mean that we’re perfectly placed to help you understand the local market, and offer our bespoke aftercare service once the ink is dry and you’re ready to move in.

If you want to get a more detailed insight of the real estate situation of the Frisian Isles, you might want to read our market report about German holiday homes as well.