Helgoland- Rocky island of the german Nordsee
"The strange island"
Coming to Helgoland from the seaside, you cant stop wondering what an grand piece of red rock is doing here in the middel of the northsea (well not actually the middel, it just feels that way). Add to this the interesting WWII history of the island as an axis grand u-boat lair, and the subsequent massive allied bombings reducing the island to approx. 10% of its prewar size.
As the final spice to the mystery surrounding the isle is the legend of Helgoland being the legendary Atlantis (more specifically an submerged island about 15 km north of the present Helgoland.
All in all these things make the island a visit worth, and in addition... its a toll-free zone ;o)
On Helgoland you will definitely have to go to the upper part of town. From there you can have a nice walk around the island with a great view on the rocks and the ocean. I found it very impressive and enjoyed the combination of colors: red of the rocks, blue of the water and green of the grass.
In summer you find lots of birds breading on the rocks, like the 'gannets' (germ. 'Basstölpel') which you can see on the foto. And in mai and june you can be witness of a special event of nature. The jump of the young 'Lumme'. The young birds have to jump down from way up the rocks into the water, with the hope that nothing happens.
If you know the English name for the bird 'Lumme' I would be thankful, if you could put it in a comment on my page!
Young birds 'waiting for better weather'...
View to the radartower, behind it the village begins.
Gannets with their yellow head.
The 'lange Anna' at the end of the island.
Birds breading on top of the 'lange Anna'.
View back towards town.