your royal tour of germany
Welcome to the "Royal Island", as Norderney is sometimes called. The Royal House of Hanover once chose Norderney for its summer residence; not for nothing, because this East Frisian island is now a popular tourist destination.
Long beach walks along white dunes, hikes through the Wadden Sea, wellness and thalassotherapy, golfing, water sports or a North Sea seal safari – a holiday on Norderney has it all!
Norderney – a small but very fine island – was the summer residence of the Royal House of Hanover. Visitors included not only members of the Royal House of Hanover and George V, but other German aristocrats, diplomats and politicians from all over Europe. Franz Kafka and Heinrich Heine at one time also enjoyed Norderney's sea air, drawing inspiration from the waves. The East Frisian Island Norderney, founded in 1797 as Germany's first health resort on the North Sea, first became a summer residence for the Royal House of Hanover and then an official retreat for the Kingdom of Prussia. Today, the island is a popular tourist destination, continuing to draw celebrities from politics, entertainment and culture.
From the mainland, you can step onto this second largest of the seven East Frisian Islands in just 45 minutes. Its 14 kilometres of fine sandy beaches are perfect for sunbathing and long seaside strolls. Around 80 kilometres of cycle and hiking paths wind their way through the dunes, along the salt marshes and the Wadden Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a long day on the beach, pop into bade:haus, Germany's largest thalassotherapy centre and wind down with the healing powers of mud freshly drawn from the Wadden Sea. But Norderney is not just a place for wellness and recreation; it also offers a wide variety of cultural events, entertainment and activities. The island features the only nine-hole golf course set among the dunes of the East Frisian Islands and is a popular hangout for surfers, kite surfers and water sports enthusiasts. Concerts are held at the Kurplatz or in the Kurgarten on a daily basis, while festivals, celebrations and high-calibre sporting events are also big draws. The White Sands Festival is one of the most famous events that Norderney has to offer.
Another island attraction is the town crier of Norderney who can answer all your questions and more: ‘Excuse me, can you point me to the post office?’ or ‘Where's the nearest cash machine?’ or ‘How can I get to the new Cape Horn play park?’. His profession has a long tradition on the island. Every morning, the town crier strikes his heavy brass bell, ensuring that holidaymakers and locals alike are provided with the latest local news. He announces everything from the weather report to where the action is that day, so you’re guaranteed to not miss anything!
You can find more information about the summer residence of the Royal House of Hanover here.