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Langeoog – beautiful views

A water tower, a sandy beach stretching for 14 kilometres, stunning terrain dominated by sand dunes up to 20 metres in height, and outstanding natural beauty. The East Frisian island of Langeoog's special charm makes it a popular choice for holidays.

Langeoog, nestled between the coastal wetlands and the sea and covering barely 20 square kilometres, has always been at the mercy of Mother Nature, and yet it is the only East Frisian island that still manages without coastal defences. But you are quite safe on Langeoog. This is because the dunes facing out to sea form a natural protective barrier, and the Flinthörn and Osterdeich embankments on the mudflats side shelter the island from the North Sea's storm tides. During the summer season, you have the chance to visit the island's most famous landmark, a water tower built in 1909, and enjoy stunning panoramic views. The Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park can be seen in all its natural beauty and with a little luck, you should also be able to make out one of Germany's largest herring gull colonies.

There are no cars on Langeoog and bicycles are also banned on both the island's main shopping streets during the high season – perfect conditions for enjoying a breath of fresh North Sea air and a relaxing stroll around the island's shops. Anyone with an interest in the island's history should check out Langeoog Maritime Museum, which incorporates a large North Sea aquarium. A wonderful experience for all the family.

There is a quirky charm in the way Langeoog's swimming beaches are divided into different areas, such as the non-smoking beach for example. Other sections are reserved for young people, surfers, dogs, people playing sports and kite flyers. A stretch of sand to suit everyone.