Spiekeroog, Germany

Spiekeroog, Germany

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Spiekeroog—meet Germany's jolly green giant

If it's sandy beaches and wild seals you want, you've come to the right place. Part of Germany's East Frisian islands, Spiekeroog, also known as the Green Island, covers just 7 square miles. Promising more than 10 miles of dune-backed, sandy beaches, this serene, car-free island forms part of the UNESCO-listed Wadden Sea heritage site. Book a Spiekeroog vacation rental within easy reach of the beach and bathe in the cool waters, visit the island's 2 museums, or take a boat trip to see the wild seals. And don't miss a ride on Museum-Pferdebahn, Germany's only horse-drawn train.

Soak it up in Spiekeroog, it's spa season

Visiting Spiekeroog is like taking a step back in time. Forget the rush-hour traffic; the most congestion you're likely to see on the island is a couple of cows blocking the road. Entirely car-free, this popular coastal resort is best for those seeking the simple pleasures in life—walks along the dunes and picnics on the beach. The island is also famous for its spa resorts, many of which open up their wellness facilities to offer island visitors a variety of rejuvenating treatments.

Sand dunes and shells? Now you're Spieker my language

For many visitors, the biggest draw for staying in Spiekeroog is the absence of loud attractions. You can learn about rural life in the East Frisian Islands at the quaint Island Museum, which has a clutch of historical artifacts. The gloriously quirky Shell Museum at Kogge House displays more than 2,000 shells from all over the world. For a real treat, take a ride on the Museum-Pferdebahn, Germany's only remaining horse-drawn tram. It runs between the former station in the island's only village and the Westend (between April and October only).

Ice, ice baby: Visit Spiekeroog in winter

If it's year-round blazing sunshine you're after, Germany may not be the vacation destination for you. Spiekeroog, however, does see the best of the nation's weather, with its long hot summers and sharp winters with a good covering of snow. Summer is the busiest season and Spiekeroog vacation rentals do get booked up far in advance. Visit in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall, when the majority of visitors have left and you'll have more options. Winter is when the attractions, restaurants, and spas tend to shut, but the island looks pretty enough to tempt you to stay anyway.

Visit the Wadden Sea World Heritage Site for hikes and dikes

Forming part of the East Frisian Islands, Spiekeroog is perched off Germany's North Sea coast. Germany is a dream destination for the outdoorsy set and Spiekeroog attracts a loyal crowd of hikers. The island forms part of the Wadden Sea UNESCO World Heritage Site, which boasts more than 750 miles of hiking routes. On the island, take the Frisian coastal route, which runs around the coast, to spot sunbathing seals or migrating whales. Even if you don't fancy a long hike, a quick romp through the island's many sand dunes can be just as fun.