Wangerooge – East Frisian island
We must admit we didn’t know much about the East Frisian Islands, and it’s a shame, it’s a wonderful Place.
Already at the approach it was clear to us, that this is a special place. The entrance to Wangerooge harbour is marked with small trees sticking up from the water, with small pieces of red and green reflects to show witch way to pass it. You can only approach at high water, same goes for the ferry which sails between Wangeroog and Harlesiel.
The consequence is a new timetable every day, as the time of the tide changes. Cars are not allowed on the Island, but there is a train going from the harbor to the city, the train only operates when ferries are arriving or leaving, so the train also has a new timetable every day.Wangerooge is the smallest inhabited island of The East Frisian Islands, it’s less than 5 km2 and have less then 1300 citizen. In the tourist season more than 7000 tourists per day visit the Island.
The harbour master is a smiling friendly man, who speaks very fast german, the harbour office has a double function, it’s also a small bar. All buildings in the harbour is built on poles, it gives an idea about how high the water can get during winter floods.
The nature on the Island is amazing, and luckily most of the Island is unspoiled nature. We have seen lots of animals, many different birds, cute seals, and all shows good respect for the nature.Everyone we have meet is friendly and likes to talk, and bear with our poor german. If you, like us, enjoy walking everything is within walking distance, and if you are lucky as us, the nice habour master will lend you bikes.