Schiermonnikoog Travel Guide
Great little island, a short ferry away from the mainland.Easily walkable, we took a bus into the main village and hiked around from there. There are quite a few restaurants around, so whenever you are hungry and thirsty there should be something nearby!Seals can be visible...
Rent a bike 2 (at Soepboer)
This time we just went for one day and decided to take one bike with us and rent another. When you get of the boat there is a bike rental station at the Veerdam.Here you can rent a bike from april to october which saves you the costs of a bus ticket.Prices start at € 5 per...
And finally: the beach!!
Schiermonnikoog is probably most famous for its beach as it is so extremely broad. Depending on the tides the beach can go from broad to endlessly broad! It took me quite a while to walk all the way from the dunes towards the waterline. In summertime it is great to just be...
Enjoying the views from Bunker Wassermann
It's great to bicycle on the island and to stop from time to time to enjoy the view. And one of the views not to miss is at the "Bunker Wasserman". This bunker dates back to World War II and used to be part of the Atlantic Wall. Nowadays the bunker is transformed into a...
Rent a bike
If you didn't take a bike there are 3 places on the island where you can rent bikes. But be on time because the bikes do sell out sometimes. We rented or bikes at a new rentabike place they had great new bikes with seven speeds and rollerbrakes.When you run flat just return...
On some parts of the island you can still see the "living dunes". Charactaristic for this landscape that it is always changing. Sand is gathering blown together by the wind, creating new little dunes, or increasing already existing ones. On other places holes are created...
The sound of the seagull
Seeing the pheasant was fun, but the one bird I remember best of all is the seagull and especially its sound. Yes, I know, this sounds crazy, a seagull doesn't sing so particularly well and it makes a sound that could be very well described as screeking. The high pitched...
The woods are an area not to be missed on your bicycle trip, as they make a lovely change to the dunes. The woods were not originally in this area, but are relatively new. These conferous woods were planted around 1920 by the Count of Bernstorff. The trees grow poorly on the...
Watch out for the pheasants!
It was in this wooded area that I almost bicycled over a pheasant. Luckily (for me and probably for the pheasant as well, lol) the pheasant quickly made room on the bicycle path for me to pass by. I couldn't let this opportunity slip by though to make a brake for it and make...
Time to relax
We've been cycling for quite a while and it's time to relax a bit. Of course you get hungry from all that hard work and having a picnick is the ideal thing to do. There are restaurants on the island, but they are all in or close to the village and some at the beach. So take...
Snackbar De Halte: Snackbar
Well fried fries and other snacks, very tasty.
Mine s a patatje oorlog, or in English, fries with mayo, peanut sauce and sliced onions, fries war.
The ferry to the island
Cars are not allowed on the island so you have to leave your car at the huge carpark in Lauwersoog. From here you take the ferry to the island. The best way to get around on the island is by bike. The ferry cost approx. 12 Euro for an adult during the summer months.ferry...
Here is a map of a part of the Netherlands so you can see where Schiermonnikoog exactly is. It's in the northern part of the country, north of the Provinces of Groningen and Friesland. It's only a short distance to get to the island, about 45 minutes with the ferry. I...
Of course you can buy all the typical tourist things on this little island, but maybe a bit more original and very local would be this little bottle of local drink called "Juttertje". It isn't from this island itself, but comes from one of the neighbouring islands "Texel"....
Bornrif: Books, books, books!
From the outside it looks quite a normal house but when you get closer you can see only half of the house is lived in, the other half is stuffed with books.I could have spent hours here!
It is no longer allowed to smoke on board the ferry, not even on the upper deck.
So glad the trip only was a mere 45 minutes ;-) but in case you are a real addicted smoker it can be tough on you ... just make sure you get your nicotine in before you board the ship :-D
Written Apr 13, 2004
- Related to:
- School Holidays
- National/State Park
Warm clothes and rain gear
Luggage and bags: Be aware you gotta carry your luggage on and off the boat and then into a bus which will bring you to the village. So do not overpack!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Boots, rain coat, warm sweater, no matter what the season. And of course some decent walking shoes :-)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Just bring the things you use at home, if needed most stuff you might need extra, are available at the island.
Photo Equipment: Ah, the usual : lots of filmrolls or some compact cards for your digital. And bring an umbrella, in case it rains ;-)
Miscellaneous: If you want to act a Dutchie, bring your own food like potatoes, coffee and tea. ;-)
Written Apr 5, 2004
- Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- Family Travel
There is a part of Schiermonnikoog's beach that is huge. Especially with low tide. And it can take you quite a while just to reach the sea.. So the one that is back with wet feet first wins..:-)
In teh picture you can't even see the sea.. but it is there at the end of the beach..
Written Jul 22, 2003
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- Family Travel
Cycling back from graveyard Vredehof .. tough! steep too!But we raced fer it! and yes , I did not win lolhad fun tho!
Another door and this time two benches ... do wonder, are they to be seated on or to put down a shopping bag when entering? I just love it.
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