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When you think “beach getaway,” Germany may not be the first destination that comes to mind. Who could blame you with its internationally renowned Christmas Markets and snow-kissed castles? Surprisingly, you’ll soon find that the Western European country has much more to offer along its beaches overlooking the North or Baltic Seas. So apply your sunscreen and throw on your lederhosen (or maybe just stick to the sunscreen) and continue reading to discover the best beaches in Germany.
Located on the island of Rügen, Sassnitz lies in the Jasmund Peninsula less than an hour’s car ride from mainland Deutschland. Thanks to erosion and tectonic plate shifting, Sassnitz has striking white chalk cliffs that surround the beach side of Jasmund National Park. This natural reserve contains a variety of plants, such as black alder, orchids, and European crab apple. The birdwatching is also excellent. Peregrine falcon, white-tailed eagle, and kingfishers patrol the skies. With its temperate climate, luxury resorts, and untouched wildlife, it’s no wonder this hot spot brings in visitors all year round.
Further North lies “Queen of the North Sea”, formally known as Sylt. The island offers endless outdoor activities in Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park. After an action-packed day in the park or partaking in water sports such as kite, wind or regular surfing on the beach, Sylt’s restaurants satisfy every visitor’s craving, serving up only the freshest and highest quality cuisines. Lucky for us, the natural beauty Sylt has to offer is here to stay, as nearly 50% of the island is protected as a reserve.
Another Baltic Sea Beach you won’t want to miss, Warnemünde, invites all of those who appreciate a lengthy beachfront and active marina. Established as a port in the early 13th century, the village has a long history of leaning on fishing not only as the centerpiece of its economy but of its culture as well. You can imagine this passion translates over into the local cuisines. A breaded herring dish called Fischbrötchen is the local favorite.
A little island floating off toward Denmark? Count us in! Föhr sits right off the coast of Dagebull, in northern Germany, just below Sylt. Föhr is known for Schleswig-Holstein Wattenmeer National Park, whose untouched beaches and perfect golden sunsets are enough to keep you enchanted. The island is also home to tons of water activities and sports, as well as its healing waters, also called thalassotherapy. It’s actually for these healing waters and winds that the island is home to many wellness retreats throughout the year.
Located off the coast of Norden, in northwestern Germany, this charming, fun island town is the perfect beach getaway in the country. The car-free island of Langeoog is home to family-friendly beaches, history filled sites with old pirate stories, and long stretches of beach perfect for a long stroll in the sand. Langeoog is relaxed and laid back, making it great for a lazy beach trip, or just a day relaxing out by the deep blue sea.
Whether it’s kitesurfing, swimming or merely relaxing on the sand, the beaches in the north of Germany will not disappoint you. Regardless of the season, with these wonderful destinations, you can’t go wrong. Although, if you are looking to get your tan on, the best time to pay a visit would be between July and August. Now that you’ve uncovered the hidden beach gems of Germany, what’s stopping you?