Greetsiel Travel Guide

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Greetsiel Things to Do

  • Church

    Greetsiel's brick church dates back to around 1400. Above the entrance you find the coat of arms of count Eduard Cirksena and his wife, a Swedish princess. The Cirksena family owned a castle in Greetsiel, which has been demolished in the 18th century and completely disappeared.The church's interior is typically Calvinist, plain and without...

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  • Little Houses Along The Dike

    Walking along the dike, one can discover picturesque spots like this cute little house that, so it seems, ducks behind the dike and under the tree to seek protection from the wind and the sea. The house is, as we found out, a holiday rental.

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  • The Twin Windmills

    The twin windmills on the outskirts of the village have become one of Ostfriesland's best-known landmarks. Their location along a canal offers a lot of romantic photo options. One of them hosts a cafe and an art gallery. The other one is still in operation as a grain mill and can be visited.

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  • Fishermen's Harbour

    The fishing boats in the harbour are mostly shrimpers that set out in the shallow tidal waters, let their nets down and fish for "Krabben". The nets are attached to masts that can be lowered to both sides of the boat.The harbour used to be open to the tides and fall dry at low tide until the new lock was built. Nowadays it keeps the same water...

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  • Siel - The Lock

    Ostfriesland's wet marshlands, parts of which are situated below seal level, have two choices: drowning in saltwater or drowning in freshwater, unless they take measures to keep the water out. A system of canals runs through the marshes. Village names that end in -siel indicate that there is a lock. The locks are opened at low tide to let the...

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  • Old Village Centre

    Greetsiel is a romantic little place with picturesque old houses. Those around the harbour date from the 17th century. The architecture looks almost Dutch. The Netherlands are not far and Ostfriesland has always be associated with its economically successful neighbours. A lot of little shops, cafes and restaurants can be found in these old houses.

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  • Shrimps

    Greetsiel is famous for North-Sea shrimps, which are called "Granat" ("garnet") here because they turn pink after infusing them in hot water, which is already done on the boats for conservation.The fishing boats in the harbour are mostly shrimpers. A statue in the harbour area has been dedicated to Greetje the Shrimp as the place's symbol. Shrimps...

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  • Harbour Greetsiel

    Greetsiel has a very picturesque harbour with a small fleet of up to 25 - 30 fishing boats. The fishing boats travel long distances to distant fishing grounds and sometimes stay on sea for days. Directly next to the harbour stand some of the oldest Patrican houses of Greetsiel from the 18th century. On a regular basis, the exit of the fishing boat...

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  • Zwillingsmühlen - Greetsiel

    In walking distance from the Oldtown, two historic windmills (built 1706 and 1856) along a canal complete the idyllic, laid-back athmosphere of Greetsiel. One mill houses a small museum, the other a cafe. Many of the smaller communities in the Krummhörn area have historic windmills - they are marked on the cycling maps you can buy anywhere in...

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  • Old Town

    The Greetsiel OldTown around the harbour is very pretty, small and walkable, with lots of lovely Frisian houses, a historic church and many art & gift shops and restaurants.

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  • Cycling Tour Krummhörn

    I recommend to do some cycling if you are in the Greetsiel area, as the route is very flat, cycling is easy and you get a fine impression of the Frisian landscape, the sea and the charming rural villages. Bycicle rentals are omnipresent, and all shops sell cycling maps. My favourite bycicle route - well sign-posted - is from Greetsiel to the Pilsum...

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  • Nature Reserve / Bird Sanctuary Pilsum

    On the way to the Lighthouse Pilsum are several lakes densely populated by geese, ducks, water birds and seagulls. It is a bird sanctuary, and there is a wooden bird viewing stand set up by the local naturalists. The best time to watch them seems to be dusk or dawn, when most of the birds congegrate.

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Greetsiel Hotels

  • Der Romantik Hof

    Ankerstrasse 4, Greetsiel, Germany, 26736, DE

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Greetsiel Restaurants

  • Eiscafe am Hafen

    If there is one Greetsiel thing I miss having at home, it is the "Eiscafe am Hafen". Superb-quality Danish icecream in cones, to-go or in the nice cafe. There are always lots of customers, but the queues diminish quickly, so you won`t have to wait long. Mango Ice Cream

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  • Something smells fishy here

    Although this shop is rather small and not fancy at all, it is THE place to eat and buy fresh fish.At the 'Greetje' you can get all different kinds of fish and seafood. The friendly shop assistants will always give you a few good tips how to prepare the fish according to the local tradition. If you don't want to do the cooking at home, you can as...

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  • Restaurants round the market

    There are lots of restaurants round the market, most of them with local food like fish. In summer time, they there are lots of tables on the market place and you can eat outside

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Greetsiel Nightlife

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    There is absolutely NO nightlife in...

    by Knutt Updated Aug 18, 2003

    There is absolutely no nightlife in Greetsiel but you can find nice restaurants everywhere. The food is wonderful and so is the beer.
    Take a walk through the narrow streets at night and you will never forget the beauty of this place.

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Greetsiel Transportation

  • Bycycle Rental - Kleinbahnstrasse

    The cheapest bycicle rental in Greetsiel is located in the Kleinbahnstrasse (there is a sign "Fahrradverleih" in the front garden, you might have to ring a bell if nobody is there. They rent excellent bikes for only 5 € a day ! That is much cheaper than any bycicle rental in the Old Town of Greetsiel.

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  • Ringring...

    There is only one way to discover the beauty of the coastline in the region: go by bike. As the country is flat up here cycling is really relaxing. If you cannot bring your own bike to Greetsiel, there are many places to rent them.

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Greetsiel Shopping

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    Tea Kontor: Tea shop

    by tessy Updated Mar 11, 2003

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    As the people in Ostfriesland like tea a lot, there are lots of tea shops there. I like just going in, smelling, watching, tasting ...

    What to buy: Tea, and special things you need when drinking tea!

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Greetsiel Local Customs

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    Tea

    by tessy Updated Apr 18, 2003

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    Drinking tea is a kind of art in that region of Germany. First, you have to walk along the windy North Sea, then look for a tea house and order Ostfriesentee. They put lots of special sugar in it and a little spoon with cream. Delicious! Never celebrated tea drinking before, but there I did. The locals told us, that for them the tea is important. Drinking tea means taking a little break, having a rest and talking to friends!
    But there's also a great shop for ice-cream in summer!

    ice cream or tea?

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Greetsiel Off The Beaten Path

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    Pilsum lighthouse

    by tessy Written Mar 11, 2003

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    The Pilsum lighthouse is really off the beaten path. It is not in use any more. But lots of germans wanna go there, because we know it from some movies with the german comedian Otto. It is even called Otto's tower. In one of his movies he tells us, that he was born there. So I had to go there to take a least some pics. We parked our car on a little parking and walked there on the dike.

    Walking to Pilsum lighthouse
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    • Birdwatching
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Family Travel

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Greetsiel Sports & Outdoors

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    Hike The Dike

    by Kathrin_E Updated Jan 10, 2009

    On top of the dike you'll find a paved hiking path. Since the top of the dike is the highest, actually the only, elevation in the countryside you have the best landscape views from there.

    Hint: If you plan to walk from the town around the harbour to the sea dike, take the right side. The harbour and the exiting canal form a long bend. If you walk round the left side, you are facing a hike of several kilometres until you reach the sea lock and catch a glimpse of the North Sea. Keeping right, the way to the sea dike is much, much shorter.

    Trail on top of the dike Hike the dike
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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Beaches
    • Hiking and Walking

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    Twin windmills

    by tessy Written Mar 11, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The windmills are standing one next to the other. So they are called twin windmills. You see them when entering Greetsiel. It is even possible to visit them, but I always missed it.

    Windmills
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    • Family Travel

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