"Greetsiel up north !" Greetsiel by MichaelFalk1969
Greetsiel Travel Guide: 43 reviews and 71 photos
Greetsiel is a picture-perfect small harbour town in Frisia (the utmost northwestern part of Germany, near the Dutch border). Up to 30 crab-fishing boats are moored in the harbour. The Old Town is very small and contains lots of tiny frisian-style houses. Two historic windmills (built 1706 and 1856) complete the idyllic, laid-back athmosphere of Greetsiel. Only 2 km from the city centre the famous Pilsum lighthouse, painted with yellow-red stripes, is one of the iconic sights of the region. Cycle Rental is recommended, as the area around Greetsiel is very flat and one can spend hours cycling along the sea or through the small idyllic hamlets of the Krummhörn region.
Greetsiel is not made for extensive sightseeing - you probably can tick off the main sights in an hour. Focus instead on relaxing, having a good time, unwind, read some books, enjoy the food, the fresh air, do some cycling !
By the way: The Frisians are to the Germans what the Scots are to the English and the Hillibillies to the Americans: A popular object of jokes who make fun on their supposed rural backwardness. In reality, the Frisians are some of the friendliest people you can possibly meet.
- Pros:very relaxed, nice Old Town, ideal for cycling, seafood
- Cons:can be crowded; plentyful mosquitoes in summer
I recommend to do some cycling if you are in the Greetsiel area, as the route is very flat, cycling is easy and you get... more travel advice
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