It is a tradition on the East Frisian island of Norderney to take a dip in the sea on 1 January. On the first day of 2014, hundreds of daring swimmers will once again be braving the water. For the onlookers, who wouldn't want to miss the spectacle, it is thankfully a little warmer. And after you have enjoyed a bracing swim in the North Sea or watched from the beach, you might like to try the wonderful range of wellness treatments available on Norderney. Germany's oldest North Sea health resort specialises in thalassotherapy, which at the bade:haus Norderney spa harnesses the beneficial properties of the island's mud.