Program - Leisure - Cuxhaven - Germany
The island bliss between sky and sea

Heligoland

50 kilometers off the German North Sea coast you will find the tiny archipelago of Heligoland. No cars, not even bicycles — no noise, just good air. A square kilometer of island bliss between sky and sea. During a visit to the islands, August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben wrote the lyrics to "Deutschlandlied", which became the national anthem of Germany.

In addition to German, the local population, who are ethnic Frisians, speak the Heligolandic dialect of the North Frisian language called Halunder. Heligoland used to be called Heyligeland, or "holy land", possibly due to the island's long association with the god Forseti. One of the attractions of the island is an easy hiking path that leads over a rock plateau to the "Lange Anna". The needle rock at the northwestern tip of the island is Heligoland's landmark — and a nesting place of many bird species. In June and July a seabird known locally as Lummen raise their young here and on the nearby Lummen Rock. They make their first flight attempts in the evening — one of the many natural spectacles on the island. Heligoland is a great place for seafood. Lobster fishermen are still here, and crabs are also pulled out of the sea. "Knieper", is what they call crab claws. They are considered a delicacy here and are serve with delicious dips. The guests are sometimes given a hammer to help them get to grips with the concrete-hard shells. From a customs point of view, Heligoland is considered a foreign country and is not subject to EU tax law. Guests can shop duty-free and without value added tax. The smaller neighboring island of "Düne" can only be reached by ferry. On the Island of "Düne" is the place where adorable seal babies are born.

During your visit to this German region make sure to visit this magnificent island.