Schiermonnikoog Travel Guide

  • Schiermonnikoog
    by FlyingDutchmen
  • Schiermonnikoog
    by FlyingDutchmen
  • Schiermonnikoog
    by FlyingDutchmen

Schiermonnikoog Things to Do

  • Schiermonnikoog

    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 from the beach, and there is a German bunker and Allies cemetery to...

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  • 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 day and € 17,50 for a week.So this might be the best places if you directly...

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  • 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 lazy and find a nice spot on the beach to do some sunbathing or take a dip...

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  • Enjoying the views from Bunker...

    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 viewpoint, giving a great opportunity to look out over the surrounding...

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  • 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 your bike and they swap them with another bike free off charge.. Prices...

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  • The dunes

    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 because the wind hollows out this area by blowing away the sand. It's...

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  • 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 noise carries far and long and isn't easy on the ears.... But for me it is...

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  • The woods

    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 island though, due to the hard wind and salty sea, so they never lived up...

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  • 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 a quick photo.The island is home to many birds and it is not surprising...

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  • Typical landscape

    The surrounding of the lighthouse is typical for the part of the island: dunes, overgrown with long grass and the occassional shrub and small tree. The lighthouse is located close to the village, so there are still quite a few houses scattered around. Of course the landscape wouldn't be complete without a winding bicycle path to make it possible to...

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  • A beautiful island

    I love this island and I tried to capture the atmosphere of the island with this photo. It has now become one of my favourites, proudly hanging on my wall, always bringing me in a wonderful vacation mood when I look at it. The main part of the island is natural landscape : dunes, beaches, woods and also shallows and a polder. On the rest of this...

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  • It's hard to get lost

    Along on the bicycle trails you can see this little "mushroom" shaped signs. In Dutch we call these signs the "paddestoel" signs which translates into "mushroom" signs. These signs are quite common in The Netherlands and give road directions to bicycles. On every crossing you can find one in Schiermonnikoog which makes it hard to get lost. They are...

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  • The watertower of Schiermonnikoog

    This is the second lighthouse of Schiermonnikoog that is located more inland. This is the lighthouse that is not in use like a lighthouse anymore, so it was made into a watertower instead.If you really want you to, you can bicycle to the tower....although it is actually a walking path, so maybe I shouldn't reccommend this ;-) A little warning...

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  • The lighthouse of Schiermonnikoog

    The structure that dominates the island, and can be seen from far away, is the lighthouse. In 1853 there were two lighthouses build on Schiermonnikoog. When seen from a ship, the lights of the two lighthouse coincided, the shipper could sail inbetween the sandbanks from the 'Wadden sea' to the 'North sea'. But over time the sandbanks moved and made...

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  • An island on the move

    The island hasn't always been here, and certainly not the way it looks these days! The islands here in the north part of The Netherlands are constantly on the move. Many islands have been formed in this region and overtime have disappeared again due to the tides and the influence of the sea. The island of Schiermonnikoog has existed now for over a...

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Schiermonnikoog Hotels

Schiermonnikoog Restaurants

  • 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 some food with you on you bicycle trip and find a gorgeous spot to stop,...

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  • 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.

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Schiermonnikoog Transportation

  • 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 pricesFerry time tableIt is not possible to make reservations for the boat,...

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  • Schiermonnikoog

    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 visited my family in Groningen which made Schiermonnikoog perfect for a daytrip....

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  • Buy a combination ticket instead!

    Here is a good tip for you: Instead of buying the ticket to the ferry and renting the bike on the island seperately, buy a combined ticket for the boat and the bike at once. The lines for the ferry can be very long and when you have a combined ticket you have to get in a different line waiting for the ferry which is a lot shorter! These combination...

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Schiermonnikoog Shopping

  • "Juttertje"

    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". It's a bottle of "kruidenbitter"; a sort of herbal alcoholic beverage. There...

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  • 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!

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Schiermonnikoog Warnings and Dangers

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    No smoking...not at the upper deck nor in your car

    by nighthawk Written Apr 13, 2004

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    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

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Schiermonnikoog What to Pack

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    Kids lining up at the beach

    by nighthawk Written Apr 5, 2004

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    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. ;-)

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Schiermonnikoog Sports & Outdoors

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    All beach..

    by Mique Written Jul 22, 2003

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    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..

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Schiermonnikoog Favorites

  • Sunny Wassermann

    Cycling back from graveyard Vredehof .. tough! steep too!But we raced fer it! and yes , I did not win lolhad fun tho!

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  • Backdoor

    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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  • Lovely houses with wonderful doors

    More information will follow asap.Just give me time .. ;-) Don t you just love the little bench at the doorpost?

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