Vacation in your own country - that's not only a good idea in Corona times. Even before Corona, around 34% of Germans spent their holidays in Germany, in the Corona summer of 2020 this figure even rose to 56%. And that is of course not surprising: the uncertain situation in many travel areas, the health risk of the pandemic, but of course also the beauty of the German holiday destinations ensured a real boom in domestic tourism. But this trend has also been apparent in normal conditions for some time, because vacationing in your own country is also good for the climate.
The travel destination of Harlesiel is one of this gems Germany has to offer. Located just by the Wadden sea, it has countless kilometers of coastline. It's 500km of coast have a high biological diversity and is an important area for both breeding and migrating birds. In 2009, the Dutch and German parts of the Wadden Sea were inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. On the side of the Harle river, popular with tourists for rowing and, in the harbours of Carolinensiel and Harlesiel, for boats and ferries. Harlesiel is also a ferry port for trips to the island of Wangerooge.
The Wadden Sea is famous for its rich flora and fauna, especially birds. Hundreds of thousands of waders, ducks, and geese use the area as a migration stopover or wintering site. Active vacationers are attracted by the famous mudflat hickings and rowing opportunities. Water sports lovers don't miss out either. Paddle tours, stand-up paddling, fishing - all this is possible.
The Wadden Sea is an intertidal zone in the southeastern part of the North Sea. It lies between the coast of northwestern continental Europe and the range of low-lying Frisian Islands, forming a shallow body of water with tidal flats and wetlands. It has a high biological diversity and is an important area for both breeding and migrating birds. In 2009, the Dutch and German parts of the Wadden Sea were inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage.
From the neighboring town of Carolinensiel, you can take a paddle steamer along the promenade (and the floating houses) to Harlesiel. The museum harbor in the center of Carolinensiel is historical proof that Caroliniensiel was an important trading port in the 18th and 19th centuries and was located directly on the sea.
Harlesiel is a good starting point for exploring East Friesland or the Wangerooge islands. Wangerooge can be reached by ship from Harlesiel. The island is attractive to tourists due to the beaches, various recreation facilities and its relaxed atmosphere. The island's slogan, visible on a sign at the harbor, emphasizes this: "God created time, but he never mentioned haste."
The Wadden Sea is famous for this traditional practice where hikers, with the aid of a tide table, use a period of low water to walk and wade on the watershed of the mudflats, especially from the Frisian mainland coast to the Frisian islands. In the Wattwanderzentrum Ostfriesland you can buy guided tours through the mudflats as well as regional products or outdoor equipment.
The ideal plan B for these days: with the old pastoral (shipbuilding and crafts), the captain's house (life on land), the Groot Hus (land and sea) and the historic rescue station at the Friedrichsschleuse (rescue services at sea) the trip is a discovery tour for the whole family
If you feel like wellness, you can really relax in the Cliner spring. The brine and adventure pool offers not only fitness, cosmetics but also a sauna area. Anyone who wants to finally put their New Year's resolution into action for a healthier lifestyle can lay the foundation for this with the help of the nutritional and health advice offered there.
Also a popular holiday destination, you can expect a large selection of restaurants and cafés famous for the East Frisian shrimp soup. Besides it's beautifull beach there are more than 2,000 annual events in the Thalasso North Sea spa resort of Neuharlingersiel, such as the Festival of Lights or the Shrimp Boat Regatta
The Wadden Sea is famous for its rich flora and fauna, especially birds. Hundreds of thousands of waders, ducks, and geese use the area as a migration stopover or wintering site.
It is also a rich habitat for gulls and terns, as well as a few species of herons, Eurasian spoonbills and birds-of-prey, including a small and increasing breeding population of white-tailed eagles.
Larger fish including rays, Atlantic salmon and brown trout are still present in several sections of the Wadden Sea, but others like European sea sturgeon only survive in the region through a reintroduction project. The world's only remaining natural population of houting survives in the Danish part of the Wadden Sea and it has been used as a basis for reintroductions further south
The Wadden Sea is an important habitat for both harbour and grey seals. Harbour porpoises and white-beaked dolphins are the sea's only resident cetaceans. They were once extinct in the southern part of the sea but have also re-colonized that area again.
Many other cetaceans only visit seasonally, or occasionally. In early history, North Atlantic right whales and gray whales (now extinct in the North Atlantic) were present in region, perhaps using the shallow, calm waters for feeding and breeding.
Glamping at the beach at Easter? No problem! We open our camp for the Easter weekend on the 14th of April. Of course, we are monitoring developments very closely and making responsible decisions. Your safety comes first. If your trip is not possible due to legal pandemic regulations, we will refund the full amount.
Harlesiel is located in the north of Carolinensiel, a district of the East Frisian town of Wittmund in Lower Saxony. The campsite is located right next to the marina.
Wittmund – Harlesiel 26409
Reception- (+49) 176 346 25 080