15 Islands in Germany You Never Knew Existed

Aerial View of the Island of Heligoland, Germany
Aerial View of the Island of Heligoland, Germany | © Markus Stappen / Shutterstock
Photo of Anwesha Ray
24 January 2018

Germany’s islands are among its best-kept secrets, and with the possible exception of bigger islands such as Rügen and Sylt, they are still pretty much undiscovered by tourists. If you’re looking for a destination that’s genuinely off the beaten track, here are 15 of the best islands to head for.

Borkum

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Borkum

Borkum is a small East Frisian island in the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park. As well as idyllic sandy beaches, Borkum has beautiful dunes and a wide variety of flora. Its amazing air quality and amazing spas make it a popular health and wellness destination. Thrill-seekers will love the high ropes course that is offered in Borkum.

Aerial views of Borkum, Germany | © Eddi_m/Shutterstock

Aerial views of Borkum, Germany | © Eddi_m/Shutterstock

Amrum

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Amrum

Amrum is a North Frisian island that thousands of sea birds call their home. The landscape of Amrum is a unique combination of rolling sand dunes, mudflats, dense forests, and heathland. Wittdün, the gateway to the island, is the most lively part of Amrum, with gorgeous views, cafes, restaurants, and excursion boats.

Island Amrum, Germany | © bluecrayola/Shutterstock

Island Amrum, Germany | © bluecrayola/Shutterstock

Juist

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Juist

The North Sea island of Juist really deserves the name affectionately given to it by its inhabitants: Töwerland (“magic land”). This car-free village is home to a vast colony of seals, which sunbathe peacefully on the tranquil sandy beaches. The beautiful marina and exciting mudflat walks make it an ideal spot for a family holiday.

Juist in East Frisia, Germany | © dirkr/Shutterstock

Juist in East Frisia, Germany | © dirkr/Shutterstock

Hiddensee

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Hiddensee

The car-free island of Hiddensee in the Baltic Sea is an unspoilt slice of paradise that is home to several creatures that are on the verge of extinction. Dubbed Söte Länneken (“sweet little isle”) by the locals, Hiddensee is truly a hidden gem of a holiday spot.

Hiddensee in the Baltic Sea, Germany | © pixelklex/Shutterstock

Hiddensee in the Baltic Sea, Germany | © pixelklex/Shutterstock

Wangerooge

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Wangerooge

The tiny spa resort of Wangerooge sits in the midst of Wadden Sea National Park and can be easily covered by foot. With colorful wicker chairs lining its clean, sandy beaches and the opportunity to indulge in a variety of watersports, you can make a holiday here as lazy or as active as you like.

Island Wangeroog, Germany | © FRDMR/Shutterstock

Island Wangeroog, Germany | © FRDMR/Shutterstock

Reichenau

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Reichenau

Reichnau in Lake Constance is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and houses a former Benedictine abbey built in 724, which still inspires religious festivals and processions on the little island. Travelers get to enjoy wonderful views of Lake Constance from Reichnau, and for those interested in history, the Reichnau Museum traces the rich monastic history of the island.