GERMAN ISLANDS: 9 minute report auf Deutsch on the Nordsee island of Föhr.
Föhr is one of the North Frisian Islands on the German North Sea coast. It is part of Nordfriesland in Schleswig-Holstein, Northern Germany. Föhr is the second-largest North Sea island of Germany and a popular destination for tourists for its beautiful beaches and traditional homes.
Das Wattenmeer (English: Wadden Sea, Dutch: Waddenzee, Danish: Vadehavet, North Frisian: di Heef) is an intertidal zone in the southeastern Nordsee (North Sea). It lies between the coast of northwestern continental Europe and the range of low-lying Frisian Islands, forming a shallow body of water with tidal flats and wetlands. It is rich in biological diversity. In 2009, the Dutch and German parts of the Wadden Sea were inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List; the Danish part was added in 2014.
It stretches from Den Helder in the Netherlands past the great river estuaries of Germany to its northern boundary at Skallingen in Denmark along a total coastline of some 500 km. The Wadden Sea’s coastline has been heavily modified by man. Extensive systems of dikes and causeways make it among the most human-altered on the planet. The German part was the setting for the 1903 Erskine Childers novel „The Riddle of the Sands“. Read more:
Cuxhaven is a seaside resort in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony), Northern Germany, located on the mouth of the river Elbe on the North Sea coast. Until 1937, it was part of Hamburg; in a reorganization, 2 other towns that were part of Prussia were given to Hamburg in exchange for Cuxhaven. With 55,000 citizens, it’s a small town, which can boast 3 million overnight stays a year, making it one of Germany’s most popular seaside resorts. Between 1945 and 1964, about 500 rockets were launched nearby, the best known being three V2 rockets during “Operation Backfire”, in order to demonstrate to Allied forces the technique of the “wonder weapon” in 1945. The only thing remembering rocketry today is a trough near the way from Arensch to Sahlenburg. Cuxhaven is a quiet place. If you’re looking for action and parties, it’s not the right destination. If you’re looking for a quiet city by the sea, it’s a good choice. This is the area of the North Sea where the water recedes to extreme degrees during low tide. It’s one of the main reasons why people visit. You can take walks, look at crabs, build castles from sand and mud or ride horse-drawn buggies to the island of Neuwerk as the water recedes.