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A Guide to Langeoog

Langeoog is one of the seven inhabited East Frisian Islands at the edge of the Lower Saxon Wadden Sea in the southern North Sea, located between Baltrum Island (west), and Spiekeroog (east). It is also a municipality in the district of Wittmundin Lower Saxony, Germany. The name Langeoog means Long Island in the Low German dialect.

Langeoog can be reached from Bensersiel port on the East Frisian mainland by the ferries of the Langeoog Shipping Company Langeoog I, Langeoog II, Langeoog III and Langeoog IV. Langeoog ferries’ schedule does not depend on the tide, which is unusual among East Frisian ferries. The port and the town are linked by a railway. Langeoog also has an airport. Only the fire department and ambulance service have standard motorised vehicles. The policemen and doctors get about on bicycles. Some companies (construction, drink delivery, post office, etc.) have electric cars. The post office and the shipping company have one electric car each. If one does not want to walk, one can rent a bicycle or take a horse carriage taxi.

Tourism is the main source of income for Langeoog’s economy. There are guest rooms in almost all island buildings. There are also several hotels. The youth hostel is several kilometers outside the town. The island’s unpolluted air makes it popular with people who have respiratory problems.

Landmarks

  • Langeoog’s water tower.
  • The tower of the Catholic church.
  • The tower of the Protestant church.
  • The Melkhörndüne — This was once East Frisia’s highest natural elevation and, as such, a tourist attraction. Unfortunately, the thousands of visitors every year walking to the top of it have shifted the sand and the dune was “demoted” as the highest point. The highest point is now the “White Dune” on the neighbouring island of Spiekeroog.
  • The “Seenotbeobachtungsstelle” — the watchtower of the lifeboat service.
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