Traveling through Germany is exciting when it comes to visiting incredible cities, riversides, spectacular museums, and excellent beer, but have you ever thought of checking out this immense European country's coastline? If yes, then you will surely want to visit Heligoland Island in the North Sea. The island is only 0.7 square miles, and the British swapped in 1890 for Zanzibar.
More than 50 years later, they tried to wipe it with no nuclear explosions during World War II, but fortunately, Heligoland survived.
Today, this tiny island and its neighbor Düne Island are peaceful tourist destinations mostly visited by birdwatching enthusiasts.
Heligoland is not a place that people go on a vacation, but rather on daily trips to enjoy the sandy beaches and the spectacular air.
It's lying only 39 miles off the coast of Germany, and it has overlooks of the country's two largest ports Bremerhaven and Hamburg.
If you ever decide to visit this island, you can take a ferry from Bremerhaven, Büsum, Cuxhaven, Hamburg, Wedel, and the Islands of Sylt and Amrum. The ride usually takes between one and four hours, depending on the port you depart from.
Blackbirds, song thrushes, redbreasts or skylarks, you name it. Heligoland is a birdwatching paradise worth exploring. Whenever you feel like you've had enough of sea birds, hop on a ferry to the smaller Dune Island to see the earless seals enjoying the sandy beaches. Ferries between the islands operate every half hour, so if you are on a daily visit, you'll surely get a chance to take this tour.
You can also check out the charming Heligoland Museum, explore the war bunkers, or stroll down the botanical garden that offers excellent sea views.
Visiting Heligoland is one of the best things you can do while on German's coastline.
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