favourite island

Peace and relaxation, the convivial hustle and bustle of a small town, culture, culinary delights and above all lots of nature: this is Norderney. It is the second largest of the East Frisian islands, a UNESCO cultural and natural heritage, and for several generations home to the hotel Haus am Meer.

Everyone can experience the island differently – depending on what they are looking for. We take you to our favourite places.

Strolling

Behind the name Inselloft there is not only a hotel, but also a small but lovely promenade on the wooden veranda – right next to Haus am Meer. In the in-house bakery you can get the best rolls of the island.

The “Esszimmer” next to it is not only one of our favourite restaurants, but also a delicatessen with an excellent selection of wines for a cosy evening on your terrace.

Browsing

You can also find the Designshop 1837 on the Inselloft-Veranda, which you would expect in Berlin, Amsterdam or Paris.Sophisticated and in love with detail, the Shop 1837 stands for lifestyle, interior and design. From the solid wooden table to handmade rubber boots made of natural rubber, driftwood windbreakers as stylish souvenirs to classic lamps – there’s a good chance that you’ll fall in love with one piece forever.

Chilling

Described by the media as the “Café del Mar” of the North Sea, the Milchbar next to the Haus am Meer is known to almost every visitor to the island – especially for the magnificent sunsets that can be observed here. Every season has its own charm. In the summer you meet on the terrace with a cool cocktail – in the winter months you can enjoy the fantastic view at the open fireplace.

Windsurfen auf Norderney

To power out

Norderney is my Hawaii! The waves can’t quite compete with the birthplace of surfing, but if you don’t want to break the world record, Norderney is a really excellent surfing spot.

The Surf school Norderney offers surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, stand-up paddling (SUP) and kayaking.

To catch your breath

The beach restaurant Weisse Düne (White Dune) is situated on the wonderful eastern beach. The perfect destination for a one-hour beach walk from Haus am Meer. Once there, lunch, coffee or dinner in the rustic restaurant or on the terrace with a view of the dunes will entice you. Our favourite: the marinated prawns with the very tasty house dip.

To linger

The more than 200 year old Kurhaus was once place of lavish balls of the nobility and room for "conversations". Today you will find here, in addition to event halls and a bar, the tourist information with NorderneyCard service point and event service. In the Conversationshaus you can drink a cup of tea in bad weather, play parlour games, and inform yourself about everything happening on the island. A special highlight is the magical library with its shelves full of books.

To bath

Originally created in 1931 in Bauhaus style, the bade:haus was completely redesigned in 2007 and rightly won the European Health & Spa Award in 2015. Dedicated entirely to the theme of "Thalasso", it offers a high-quality spa area with numerous seawater baths, saunas and a comprehensive range of applications on more than 8,000 square metres. For families, there is a wave pool separate from the spa area with many experience elements.

To putt

In the heart of the island is the Golfclub Norderney. The 9-hole course is particularly popular among golfers as it is the only natural dune golf course in the whole of Germany. With its high tees, small and difficult to play greens as well as the inevitable changing sea winds, it reminds one strongly of typical left courses in the mother country of the gulf haven, Scotland. Beginners are also welcome – there is also a golf school.

To the stars

A very special place in the middle of the island is the observatory of Norderney. The dome-like, silver-coloured building was built by the hobby astronomer Wilhelm Dorenbusch in the sixties on his own initiative and can be visited today by appointment. The operator Ralf Ulrichs enjoys not only looking through the lens into the sky, but also into nature: Besides astronomy, photography is his hobby. If you want, you can also take courses on these topics with him.

To overview

The octagonal Lighthouse was built between 1871 and 1874 from massive red bricks. Since 2006 it can be climbed in the high season. Once at the top, the viewing platform offers a unique view over the entire island and on good days even a view as far as Borkum in the west and Langeoog and Spiekeroog in the east. Insider tip: If you lean against the lighthouse in the dark, you will witness a fascinating play of light.

To saddle up

Discover the island with North Sea sand under your hooves. If you want to explore Norderney’s nature from a different perspective, a ride on horseback is the perfect opportunity. Do you prefer to be carried comfortably through the dunes at a walk or rather gallop through the water? In Norderney’s riding school beginners as well as advanced riders will find just the right thing. For the small guests there is the possibility of pony riding and also first riding lessons can be taken. A special highlight and absolutely recommendable is a beach ride in the evening – towards the sunset.

To be a child

Adventurers big and small will find many opportunities to discover, climb and let off steam all over the island. On the west and north beaches there are playgrounds with a lot to offer. We especially recommend the Pirate playground on the west beach: On the pirate ship and trampolines even the smallest pirates can romp until their bunk calls. The playground Kap Hoorn in the Kurpark an der Mühle, for example, offers exciting indoor and outdoor climbing courses, a cable car and action-packed play equipment for the little guests. On bad weather days it is also worth a visit to the national park’s visitor center Nationalparkhaus, the Puppentheater or in Cinema at the Kurtheater.