Germany - Destination Heligoland

Bailliage of Germany
Heligoland, June 21, 2024

A hidden gem
" Getting to Heligoland is part of the adventure. Ferries and small planes make regular trips from the mainland "

Nestled in the North Sea, Heligoland (German: Helgoland) is a picturesque archipelago offering a unique blend of natural beauty, historical significance, and tranquillity. Located approximately 70 kilometres from the German mainland, this charming destination is an ideal escape for those seeking to immerse themselves in a serene environment whilst exploring a rich cultural heritage.

Comprised of two main islands, Hauptinsel (Main Island) and Düne (Dune), Heligoland is renowned for its striking red sandstone cliffs, which rise dramatically from the sea. The islands are a haven for bird watchers, particularly during the migration seasons in spring and autumn when thousands of seabirds, including puffins and gannets, can be seen. Clear, unpolluted waters are a paradise for marine life enthusiasts offering excellent opportunities for snorkelling and diving.

A must is to explore Heligoland’s fascinating history. Once a pirate's hideout, it has been under Danish, British, and German rule, each leaving its mark. The island’s main settlement, with charming pastel-coloured houses, is a delightful place for strolling. Visitors can enjoy local seafood delicacies, particularly Heligoland’s famed lobsters.

Lange Anna, a 47-metre-high sea stack, is a must-see for nature lovers. This iconic rock formation is a testament to the erosive power of the sea and a symbol of the island’s rugged beauty. Additionally, a short ferry ride to Düne reveals pristine sandy beaches and seals basking in the sun, providing a perfect spot for relaxation.

Getting to Heligoland is part of the adventure. Ferries and small planes make regular trips from the mainland. Once there, the island’s car-free policy ensures a peaceful atmosphere, with bicycles and walking being the primary modes of transport.

Heligoland is a destination offering a unique blend of natural splendour, historical depth, and tranquillity. Whether a history buff, nature enthusiast, or simply looking for a peaceful retreat, Heligoland promises an unforgettable experience.

The Bailliage of Bremen paid a visit from June 6-10, 2024 - not for the first time that they have made the journey. During their stay they dined at Rickmers and the Aquarium (contact details are below). Vice Conseiller-Gastronomique Monika Demuth-Müller wrote, “Heligoland was once again a unique experience. We will be back!”

Prepared by a Chaîne News Online Staff Writer
Researched from various sources. E&OE

Rickmers Galerie Restaurant
Am Südstrand 2
27498 Helgoland

Tel. +49 (0)4725 81410

Aquarium Restaurant
Aquariumstraße 186
27498 Helgoland

Tel. +49 (0)4725 640339

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