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Island flair on Foehr

The series “Discover DE takes a journey across Germany. This time we conquer the North Sea island of Foehr.

© picture-alliance/TSI - Insel Föhr, Wattenmeer

Sandy yellow beaches as far as the eye can see. Shallow turquoise water laps at the shore as in a lagoon. No, we are not in the Antilles, but on the North Sea island of Foehr, which has been dubbed “the Frisian Caribbean”. The beaches and the horizon become even more extensive when there is ebb tide in the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park. Then the sea draws back for a good six hours and holiday-makers can go island hopping across the Wadden Sea barefoot with an experienced guide, walking from the dyke at Groß-Dunsum over to the neighbouring island of Amrun. And then back.

Foehr is considered the family isle among the North Frisian Islands. While celebrities meet for champagne at the northern neighbouring island of Sylt, holiday-makers on the eight by twelve kilometre green island of Foehr set off on excursions with the shrimp boat, take bike tours or walk through the maize maze. You can also simply gaze at the water, feel the power of the tides and clear your head. Or you can search for mussels in the bright sand that the high tide has washed ashore. Parents make themselves at home in the beach chairs. Children play in the fine sand, build castles, splash in the shallow water.

Caribbean conditions prevail here not only because of the dream beaches, but also because of the mild and warm maritime climate fostered by the Gulf Stream. Both holiday-makers and the 8,600 inhabitants appreciate this. Half of the islanders live in the little town of Wyk. Frisian houses built closely together stamp the appearance of this place and the other eleven island villages. On island tours visitors come upon medieval churches, old whalers cemeteries, aging wind mills and the remains of a ring-fort from the Viking Age. In between, there is now and again a place to rest, with views of lush meadows and rolling dykes. Relaxation in yellow, green and blue.