"Helgoland - A pearl in the Northsea" Top 5 Page for this destination Helgoland by gubbi1

Helgoland Travel Guide: 44 reviews and 195 photos

A real must-do at the Northsea coast of Germany is a trip to Helgoland. It is maybe comparable to a visit of the castle Neuschwanstein when staying in the south of Germany. During my stay in Cuxhaven, which was my first visit to my countries Northsea coast, of course, I had to visit this island with its 1600 inhabitants. It is located about 65 kilometers in front of Cuxhaven and can be reached from several locations along the coast. Also there is a connection from Hamburg and Wedel. Two different types of boats leave to Helgoland, traditional ships and large katamaran. The latter one is faster, compared to the traditional way to get to the island, but you will miss the boating, which has been always part of the transfer to Helgoland.
So what is Helgoland about? In principle it is a big rock in the Northsea with a village on it, a little nature and very clean air. But Helgoland was also a part of germans history. In 1714 Helgoland became denish, 1807 british. In 1890 Prussia gave Sansibar, which was its colonie, to England in exchange for Helgoland. In the following time Prussia built up military structure on Helgoland, because of its strategic position in the northsea. Later in the second worldwar the militarization of Helgoland was strongly intensified and therefore the island bombed. From 1945 to 1952 Helgoland was used as a traget during the training of using bombs by the british military. Due to these bombings the area around the harbour is much lower than the rest of the island. After the returnment of Helgoland to Germany, people returned and houses were rebuild.
Another historical fact is that the writer August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben several times had his holidays on Helgoland and during this time (1841) wrote the 'Deutschlandlied', whose third strophe became the text of our national anthem.

About nature: Impressive are the rocks, which you can see on a short walk around the island following the footpaths. The most known is the 'lange Anna' (long Ann). It is a symbol for Helgoland. During strong storms the formerly much bigger island lost more and more land. It happend even in 1721, that it split apart and another island developed. You can see it just beside the main island and it is called 'Düne'. On it there is the tiny airport of Helgoland. During one storm also the 'lange Anna' resulted after other rocks broke down. As a symbol for Helgoland, people tried to keep it standing, but as I heard since this year they gave up and it most probably will not take long until it breaks down.

Official page of Helgoland, mainly german.
Historic map of Helgoland (1900)
Helgoland weather

The poet and writer Fallersleben.
Read about him in the wikipedia.

Upper town of Helgoland

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Perfect air, nice island
  • Cons:touristic
  • In a nutshell:Come, see and breath
  • Last visit to Helgoland: Jun 2005
  • Intro Updated Apr 8, 2007
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2012 at 4:30 AM

    Nice photos! Somehow I have never been to Helgoland -- but I have never been to Neuschwanstein either, so I am giving north and south Germany equal treatment.

  • ettiewyn's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2011 at 11:01 PM

    I went to Helgoland as a child and your page evokes nice memories! I remember the boating very vividly, and of course the masses of birds!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Hello, Christian! Thanks for your page! Take care!

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2008 at 9:24 AM

    A great little page. Excellent travelogues.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    A new destination for me - thanks for sharing!

  • Gentleman75's Profile Photo
    Sep 22, 2005 at 8:04 AM

    Nice page about Helgoland. I also spent a day there and I really enjoyed it ( but we choose the catamaran to get there and not a traditional boat :) ). It was so beautiful!

  • Tripack's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2005 at 1:14 PM

    Ach Helgoland, what a great and nice souvenir when I was a Deutsch student in Hamburg. Best greetings from the Swiss Alps and see you soon hiking the Alpine paradise around Zermatt...

  • Jul 21, 2005 at 10:57 AM

    Good start Gubbi! Keep up the good work! Gruesse ins schoene Kempten!

  • jorgejuansanchez's Profile Photo
    Jul 18, 2005 at 12:44 PM

    Gracias Christian! Congratulations for your excellent page on Helgoland. I have booked by Ryanair a ticket for 14 euro! from Gerona to Hahn, in Frankfurt, and then by train to Cuxhaven to catch the boat, the slow one, as you recommend. Hasta luego!


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