With a length of 16 km and a width of 4 km, Schiermonnikoog is the smallest inhabited Wadden island. The only village on the island is also called Schiermonnikoog. Due to its varied landscape of dunes, woods, mudflats and polders, as well as diverse flora and fauna, the island has been designated as a National Park.
- Discover the smallest inhabited Wadden Island and enjoy the unique flora and fauna.
- Visit the Kallemooifeest during Pentecost weekend and Klozum, a traditional costume festival in December.
- Schiermonnikoog boasts the widest beach in Europe.
Highlights of Schiermonnikoog
There is plenty to do on the Wadden island Schiermonnikoog:
- Beach: Schiermonnikoog boasts the widest beach in Europe,
- Cycling: enjoy the 30 kilometers of bicycle paths,
- Round trips: explore the nature areas the Rif and Engelsmanplaat,
- Duck sanctuary and lake Westerplas: Schiermonnikoog attracts many bird species.
Around 300,000 people visit the island every year. Especially the Kallemooifeest, a traditional festival in Whitsun weekend, and Klozum, a traditional costume festival in December are well attended. The island culinary specialties are Schiermonnikoog honey and farm cheese.
Accessibility off Schiermonnikoog
The island of Schiermonnikoog can be reached by ferry, which departs from Lauwersoog on the border between Friesland and Groningen. You are not allowed to bring a car, motorcycle or moped to Schiermonnikoog without a special municipal permit. Are you traveling by car? There are two large parking facilities on Lauwersoog near the harbor, but during the high season you should count on spending at least half an hour to park your car and buy tickets. The nearest train stations are Leeuwarden and Groningen. From here, you can travel to Lauwersoog by bus. After getting off the ferry, there are buses and taxis to take you to the village. In summer you can rent a bicycle.
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Other attractions nearby
Schiermonnikoog is just one of the Wadden Islands; the other islands are well worth a visit. You could visit Texel, Terschelling and Ameland, for instance, and explore the specific characteristics of each of the Wadden Islands.
Go on a covered wagon ride and discover the island at its best. You can see the mudflats and beaches, the village and dunes, and learn all about the island’s history, culture and nature.