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The island might be too big to see everything by feet, but you can see really a lot by just walking. Escecially worth seeing is the area behind the small forest, the dunes there are overgrown with a special kind of grass and seem to lessen every noise. but the different beaches and the beautiful small village with it´s nothern style restaurants and little lanes with it´s pittoresque front gardens are worth a walk as well. no car will pass your way - wonderful.
Updated Sep 4, 2004
The boat trip from Neuharlingersiel to Spiekeroog takes about an hour; there's no need to fear sickness, as the ferries only cruise the Wadden Sea, and where open sea is in sight, the downwind side of Spiekeroog begins. Ferry services are being discontinued during heavy storms anyway.
Take good care of your belongings, as regular winds can blow your light belongings off and away.
Smokers may smoke on the upper deck.
There is also catering on board (sausages, coffee, snacks ... ).
Written Oct 21, 2007
The oficial brochure of Spiekeroog forbids entrainment of baggage on the ferry boat due to safety reasons (except from small carry-on baggage). This sounds as if one had to abandon baggage of any kind during your trip to the island.
The actual meaning of this is, that travellers shall put big suitcases and stuff in the containers which are placed in front of the ferry. Staff is there to help, if you should be in need of. You only have to remember the number of the container, to recover your bags on arrival on the island. This service is free for two pieces of baggage.
Home delivery on Spiekeroog is possible. Therefor contact express company Oltmanns.
People who go by train can send baggage ahead by train if it weighs less than 20 kg. Both of these services are being charged for of course.
On arrival several 'Wüppen' (pushcarts with two wheels) wait to be taken for get the bags and suitcases to the particular accomodation.
Updated Oct 20, 2007
Phone: Oltmanns: 04976 - 215
If you want to go to Spiekeroog by train, it is no problem to book the trip from any ticket office of Deutsche Bahn. All of the other travellers can get their tickets from the check-building on the quay. You should arrive at the dock about an hour before the ship’s departure, to have time for the transactions.
The desk is open Monday through Saturday 9 to 12h and daily (Sunday and holidays also) an hour before scheduled departure of the ferry.
Disabled persons with identification B and their companion go for free, and so do children under 4 years of age.
Fares for the roundtrip as follows:
adults, bikes and dogs 20 €, children from 4 to 11 years 10€
Written Oct 20, 2007
Phone: Neuharlingersiel: 04947-214
Port of departure for the Spiekeroog ferries is Neuharlingersiel. The route it takes depends on the tides. This means, the ferry can only leave the port only at relatively high water level; hence departure times are subject to daily changes. Get information on that from the official brochures, which you can order from the Spiekeroog health resort's administration.
Unfavorable weather can even lead to current cancellations or make changes of the schedule necessary. This is superior force, for which the shipping company cannot be made resonsible. In case of doubt you can call the navigation Spiekeroog, and ask for such constellations.
Please keep in mind that there are no ferry connections between the islands! If you want to visit a neighbouring island, you have to go back to the continent, go on to the particular harbour and depart to the respective island you want to go to.
There are excursions though, every once in a while, for example to Helgoland.
Written Oct 18, 2007