5 Best Islands & Peninsulas in Northern Germany

When you think of Germany what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? It’s probably Munich with Oktoberfest, Nuremberg with Christmas Market and Berlin with beautiful monuments. Some people will mention Dresden, Cologne, bratwurst (famous sausage) and German cars. Only few will think about Northern Germany and its beautiful islands and peninsulas. That’s what this post will be about- we will try to show you Deutschland from a little different, peaceful perspective. You will have a chance to discover places far away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities. These rural areas makes Northern Germany a perfect tourist destination.

The German weather may not be as good as in Italy or Portugal but it’s warm enough in the summer to spend some time on the beach and even swim in the Baltic Sea!

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Prerow is a charming little town that is famous from the colourful houses and their unique doors. It was a fishing village in the past. Due to the perfect microclimate, it became a popular tourist destination. The proximity of the sea, forests and meadows, makes Prerow one of the best health resorts in Northern Germany.

There are many wetlands around the town that attract birds, especially herons, storks, swans and ducks.

If you are looking for the best place to stay in Prerow, check out Best Western Plus Ostseehotel Waldschlösschen. We spent 3 wonderful and relaxing days in this hotel. It is located only 5 minutes walking from the Baltic Sea and has a pretty impressive spa area with outdoor pool.


Sylt is an island located in Schleswig-Holstein, the northernmost state of Germany. It’s very close to Denmark, that’s why one of the best ways to get there is to to fly to Billund, the hometown of Lego and the first Legoland.

Sylt is famous from the beautiful beaches, unspoilt nature and lovely fishing villages. This island is a great place to relax and unwind.


Amrum is a little sister of Sylt. This island is smaller and even more peaceful than its popular sibling.

Why it’s worth to travel to Amrum? Mainly because of the beautiful nature. This island is home for many animals, such as harbour porpoise, grey seal and many species of birds.


This beautiful peninsula is located on the North Sea coast, close to the Jade and Weser rivers. It’s one of the hidden gems of Northern Germany, only few tourist know about it.

If you want to discover something unique, a place where you will have a chance to speak with locals, try traditional food and relax surrounded by a nature, Butjadingen is a destination to go!


Last but not least- our personal favourite, Usedom. This island is divided between Germany and Poland and it’s located on the Baltic Sea. People call it The Sunny Island – for both countries it’s the sunniest place of their entire areas!

The Polish side, with Świnoujście is more urbanised. There are many bars, restaurants and attractions to visit in this city. German side is more peaceful with beautiful rural areas, bike and walking paths.

Usedom is famous from the beautiful, white sand beaches. There is no border between Poland and Germany right now, as both countries belong to the European Union. Because of that, it’s very easy to travel around the island.

If you are looking for a good place to stay in Usedom, check out Best Western Plus Hotel Baltic Hills Usedom. We’ve been staying in this hotel and we absolutely loved it! First of all- it’s situated in the very peaceful area, right next to the Golf Course. It has great spa and wellness areas with outdoor pool, saunas and relax zones.

The location of the hotel is perfect, it’s on the German side, within few kilometres from Poland.

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Disclosure: We want to thank Best Western hotels for complimentary stays. All opinions presented in this post are honest and our own.

2 Responses

  1. Wow! good for you! You travel a lot. It’s always been my dream to travel like a lot haha. Anyways, thank you for sharing this article it looks really fun and you enjoyed it!. Hopefully, 2017 is a new year new journey. Cheers!

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