Germany has got many islands, however there is one high sea island only. Heligoland – an oasis of quietude and a unique natural monument.
Heligoland is actually two islands, one comprising 61-metre-high sandstone cliffs, the other a sand dune covering 0.7 square kilometres. It's a paradise in the middle of the North Sea. Nature at its best: clear air, clean water, snow-white sands and more sun than almost anywhere else in Germany. Heligoland is an oasis of tranquillity where you can relax and switch off.
The island is one of the most popular travel destinations in Germany and every year attracts more than 300,000 visitors. Most of them are day trippers who stay only a few hours to explore the island. The island walk is a must. It takes you 3 kilometres around the 'Oberland', which can be reached by climbing the 182 steps or by lift.
In the summer months, boats depart daily from the coastal towns of Büsum, Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven and Wilhelmshaven, taking 2.5 to 3 hours to reach the rust-coloured cliffs. The high-speed catamaran provides a faster service and departs daily from Hamburg, Wedel and (for a journey time of just 75 minutes) Cuxhaven.