Why is the sea a calm place

Quiet beaches on the North and Baltic Seas

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Status: 10/19/2016 | 1:03 p.m. | NDR television | archive

1 | 11 Germany's northernmost point is one of the republic's loneliest coastal strips. The Sylter Ellenbogen juts out into the North Sea near List and is both a bird sanctuary and a nature reserve. Endless beaches invite you to sunbathe and take walks. By car you can get to the parking lot east of the List Ost lighthouse for a small toll fee.

© Kurverwaltung List, photo: Annika Orchowski

2 | 11 The Amrumer Odde is even quieter than the endless western edge of Amrum, the Kniepsand. The two kilometer long and 150 to 200 meter wide headland protrudes into the sea in the north of the island. Beach, mud flats and up to 40 meter high dunes are an ideal destination for those seeking peace and quiet and bird lovers. The Jordsand Association offers guided tours of the nature reserve.

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3 | 11 Beach as far as the eye can see - that is what St. Peter-Ording offers. The beaches are never overcrowded. And you can park your car comfortably on the beach. If you hike north from the Ording district towards Westerhever, you will meet few people on the way, but instead you will encounter lugworms, snails, seagulls, starfish and, with luck, even amber.

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4 | 11 The north coast of the island of Norderney stretches for around 14 kilometers. From the initially busy bathing spots, it goes over wide, lonely stretches of beach and dunes to the uninhabited eastern end of the island, where the wreck of a mussel excavator is located. From the easternmost parking lot, visitors can explore salt marshes, dunes or the pristine beach.

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5 | 11 Due to its location out in the Heligoland Bay, the island of Neuwerk is not easy to reach. Mudflat hikes or wagon rides from the south-east of Cuxhaven are popular. Depending on the tide, the ferry often only runs once a day. Neuwerk hardly has any beaches to offer, but the vastness of the Hamburg Wadden Sea National Park.

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6 | 11 The Holnis peninsula separates the Flensburg inner fjord from the outer fjord. Much of the peninsula is under nature protection. Paths for hikers and cyclists run along the cliff, between the meadows, wetlands and on the beach. Around 130 species of birds, some of which are rare, have been observed by conservationists here; Scottish highland cattle graze on the natural meadows. The wild north beach invites you to sunbathe.

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7 | 11 Those looking for peace and quiet will find pure nature at the eastern end of the Flensburg Fjord in the Geltinger Birk. You can discover the diverse flora and fauna of the nature reserve from the Falshöft and Beveroe car parks. Signposted circular hiking trails and a bridle path lead along lush meadows, watercourses and lakes, forests and the fjord.

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8 | 11 Poel is only ten kilometers from Wismar. Visitors can get to Mecklenburg's largest island by car or bus via a causeway. The flat island offers a lot of variety with fine sandy beaches, cliffs, salt marshes and fields despite its small size. The tranquil Poel can be circumnavigated relatively quickly on an approximately 20-kilometer circular route.

© NDR, photo: Horst Laatz from the island of Poel

9 | 11 In the towns of Prerow and Zingst on the Zingst peninsula, there is hustle and bustle in summer. If you want to escape, you will find peace and solitude a bit east of Zingst. A cycle path takes you through natural forests and dunes to the end of the peninsula at the Sundic Meadows. Here on the Windwatt lies Pramort, where several observation towers attract especially bird lovers.

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10 | 11 The sea is never far on the Mönchgut peninsula. The southeastern tip of Rügen separates the Greifswalder Bodden from the Baltic Sea. Narrow headlands, fine sandy beaches, up to 60 meter high elevations, cliffs and forests characterize this lonely and pristine stretch of land. Quiet holiday resorts offer sufficient infrastructure for those who want to stay longer.

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11 | 11 In the far north-east of Germany, on the Stettiner Haff, lies the Riether Winkel. From the idyllic fishing villages you can see all the way to Usedom. Lonely natural beaches and wide dune landscapes are a paradise for swimmers and hikers. Inland, too, the forests of the Ückermünder Heide and the unspoilt Wacholdertal offer unique nature experiences. White-tailed eagles, cranes and otters have their home in the Riether Winkel.

© NDR, photo: Thomas Königer from Eggesin

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