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Travel Tuesday: brick building


Today, I have another brick building for you: a pharmacy (Apotheke in German with the stylized letter “A” combined with the Aesculapian staff as a common logo for all pharmacies). As I mentioned in my post last week, people have had to build their houses from burnt bricks formed by using foam or clay and hay. An other options was wood or they have had to fetch stones over big distances. But because of the heavy winds here at the flat country at the coast, wood wasn’t a good solution to last long. Northern Germany is very flat. For more than 100 or 200 km from the coast, you won’t find any remarkable hills or mountains. So, farmers have built large and solid trees around there farms to keep out the storms. Next week, I’m showing you an example of these farms.

Nowadays, you can find these red brick houses nearly all over northern Germany, it’s considered as typical for this huge part of Germany. The houses of different regions differ in shape, but the material is usually the same.

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Travel Tuesday: Buddelschiffmuseum

Insider’s tip: here by the harbour of Neuharlingersiel you can also find the famous Buddelschiff Museum, a museum dedicated the fine art of building ship models inside an empty bottle (Low German dialect: Buddel – speak booddle).

This tradition was quite common along the German coast because of many men have been sailors on big ships. You know, sailors are known for drinking much alcohol and so have many empty bottles. One day in the past, one of the sailors came up with the idea of building a model of the ship he was working on and place it inside an empty bottle along with a symbolised ‘landscape’. The Buddelship was invented. And nowadays you can find them everywhere along the German North Sea coast.

The Buddelschiff Museum is a small private museum with about 100 different Buddelschiffen. Unfortunately, it was closed when we were there, because we visited Neuharlingersiel off-season. But, I was already in a few years ago. It’s really astonishing what a filigree work the rough sailors hands have been able to create. So, check the opening times in advance on the web. It’s worth a visit. And you can also learn, how to get the ship inside die bottle 🙂

But, at least I have the one Buddelschiff from the outside window for you 🙂

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Travel Tuesday: more harbour

As I mentioned in my last travel Tuesday post, the harbour of Neuharlingersiel is used by shrimp fishers. It’s not a harbour for sport boats and the ferry to the offshore island Spiekeroog stays further out. You can walk by the boats. Some owners offer tours to the seal sandbanks in the sea or other road trips.

As you can see in the image, you can walk near-by the boats. In the front, a fisher uses a fence for dying his nets.

Several cafés and restaurants surrounding the harbour. So, the harbour is even the touristic center of the town.

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Travel Tuesday: Neuharlingersiel harbour


Here we are. The small harbour of Neuharlingersiel. Here you won’t find sport boats of big yachts. You can see three of the shrimper boats. These boats used to be common here at the German North Sea coasts. Nowadays only few of them are left and going out for fishing on a regular basis.

The most left buildings in the back (now a café) has platform on the roof, where you have a fantastic overview.

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On our trip along the East-Friesian coast, we found this windmill near the road and stopped for a photo. Despite the sun was high in the sky at noon, I like the image. These windmills are less common in Germany as they used to be. Only few of them are left. In the Netherlands you can find them still more often.

In my opinion, the dark clouds above the windmill mean, they don’t have a bright future, despite being a landmark or a museum. When coming along such a windmill, try to find out, if there is an option to come inside and have a look, how they work. It’s very impressive. A wooden building around two huge stones invented many centuries ago. A principle used for many different purposes and a base of our current culture.

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Travel Tuesday: Encounter with sheep

Last week I told you a little bit about the landscapes at the Germany North-sea coast and the dikes.

The dikes are very sensitive buildings. To keep them in good shape, there are no machines allowed to use for i.e. mow the lawns on top of them. Therefore sheep are here to keep the grass short and their feed don’t endanger the soil. Perfect. In some areas there are meadows bordered with fences and in other areas the sheep are allowed to move over large areas freely while the people can simply walk across them.

That evening, we were faced with hundreds of sheep on our walk along the dike. Although, it wasn’t our first meeting with a herd of sheep on a dike, it was a remarkable encounter.

There are fences to hinder the sheep from running away or crossing streets. All the fences have gates for the people. Some gates have doors, while other gates are equipped with grids in the ground. Sheep won’t cross these grids while people can cross them easily with bikes, children’s push chair or strollers.

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Travel Tuesday: on top of the dike

610_5249-e_wLast week I told you a little bit about the landscapes at the Germany North-sea coast and the dikes.

In this image you can see the path behind the dike and the small Pilsum lighthouse. It’s located near the town Greetsiel.

Nowadays, most of the lighthouses are not in operation anymore. They are only tourist attractions. Here, i.e. you can legally get married when booking in advance.

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610_4872_wThe North Sea isn’t very deep along the German coast. Instead, it’s shallow. During low tide much of the ground is free of water, expect some tidal-creeks. It’s a funny experience, walking on the ground of the sea. But, it’s also dangerous. Because the ground is so shallow, the water will come back more quickly than you can run. Even when you’re a few hundred meters away from the beach, you might be several meters below the water level. So, don’t walk too far away. Always have a look on the time (tidal calendars are available to help you being save) and live the tidal fat on time.

In Norddeich, they have stabilised parts of the coast and the beach with cobble stone and concrete from being taken back by the sea at storm times or during a storm flood. Some stairs help you, to enter the sea, as you can see in the image. The above image is taken during low-tide. During flood times only the upper one or two steps are visible.

At the horizon you can see one of the east-friesian islands: Juist. It’s about 10 km away.

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Travel Tuesday

As I already wrote, I changed my schedule a bit. You’re used to find my travel posts on Thursdays. Now, I shifted them to Tuesday. But, the content won’t change much. Despite, I try to reduce the number of images a bit to decrease the loading-time of the gallery.

Next, I’d like to introduce you to East-Frisia at the German North-sea cost.

The former pre-German tribe of the Frisians used to live along the North-sea, from around todays southern border of Denmark in the north down to the Netherlands in the west. So, you can find the West-Frisians in the Netherlands and the North-Frisians in very south-western Denmark and the western parts of the German state Schleswig-Holstein. In Lower-Saxony, the second biggest German state in size and the fourth biggest state in population, you can find the East-Frisians along the coast.

In the past, the East-Frisians have had the reputation of being silly, stupid and dull. They used to be farmer and fishermen (and wrecker). Today, that area is a popular holiday region. In both countries, in The Netherlands and in Germany, the Frisians are officially recognized as a minority with their own culture, history and language.

The history of being a vacation or cure region started at the end of the 18th century, when rich elders discovered especially the islands in front of the cost. Now, you have several options for your vacation here:

  • beach holidays
  • farm holidays for families with kids
  • biking or hiking holidays, because the region is quite flat and beautiful
  • horse and riding holidays
  • sailing, kiting or surfing holidays
  • cure your health in the salty air along the sea
  • observe animals, especially birds