Small fishing villages and seaside towns are spread along the North Sea coast in Lower Saxony like a string of coloured beads. Villages built on artificial mounds, houses enclosed by dykes, quaint museums, tea houses, ancient castles and palaces offer an unrivalled cultural diversity that keeps Frisian culture and traditions alive. In places like Greetsiel, Neuharlingersiel, Dorum-Neufeld and Wremen, the charming little harbours provide captivating views of brightly coloured fishing boats bobbing in the water. Young and old, locals and visitors alike enjoy the sight of the boats putting to sea. And there’s no scarcity of big ships and sailing boats either: in Emden, Wilhelmshaven, Bremerhaven and Cuxhaven they lie berthed, waiting to be visited by maritime enthusiasts. The numerous harbour and ship festivals that take place along the coast in the summer months are an ideal opportunity to step on board.
You don’t have to stick to the coast to enjoy this very special maritime flair: the ferry ports of Emden, Norden-Norddeich, Esens-Bensersiel, Harlesiel, Neuharlingersiel and Neßmersiel (Dornum community) connect the North Sea coast with the East-Frisian islands. In the summer months it is a good idea to leave your car parked on the mainland, as most of the islands are car-free. All of these islands offer long sandy swimming beaches, but each has its own unique charm.