Langeoog Island is a charm-soaked resort that has attracted holidaymakers since the 1800s. Part of the East Frisian archipelago, the island swaps cars for bicycles and horse-drawn carriages. Relax on the sandy beach, stroll around the picturesque harbour and discover the island’s colourful history.
Things to do in Langeoog
The main beach stretches for 14 kilometres and is perfect for sunbathing, swimming and sandcastle building. Family-friendly waves make Langeoog Island a great place for surfing lessons. On the eastern tip of the island is a cosy inn housed in a historic dairy farm. Sit on the sun-drenched patio and enjoy traditional German cuisine with beautiful views over the North Sea.
Built in 1909, the Langeoog Island Water Tower is a local landmark. On the ground floor is an exhibition on how the island sources and stores its drinking water while the observation deck features sweeping views over the coastline. The excellent Schiffahrtsmuseum charts the fascinating nautical heritage of Langeoog Island and you can learn about pirates, storms, fishing, lighthouse keepers. Other highlights include getting up close with a genuine sea rescue ship.
Guided tours of Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park take you through wildlife-rich mudflats and rolling sand dunes, some more than 20 metres tall. If you’re lucky, you might spot herring gulls nesting in the dunes.
Dünenfriedhof cemetery is nestled among rolling dunes and is dotted with the graves of soldiers and prisoners of war. It’s also the final resting place of beloved German singer Lale Andersen, who died on the island in 1972.
Getting around Langeoog
Ferries run between Langeoog Island and Bensersiel on the German mainland. Your ferry ticket includes a short train ride from the harbour to the town centre. The town is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot while horse-drawn carriages are a novel way to get around.