How many people are at the Borkum beach? Is there a lot of activity at the sights? What does it look like on Borkum? Is the sun shining? Webcams are a great way to gather inspiration for your vacation. And they help to plan excursions during the vacations. Take a look at Borkum right now and find out which season is best for a vacation on the East Frisian island.  

What's going on in Borkum?

Borkum is the largest of the East Frisian Islands and, with around 2.5 million overnight stays, is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Germany. Affectionately known as the world's most beautiful pile of sand, the island is located in the middle of the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park. It is divided into two parts. There is a west and an east land. In the west are the town and the busy beaches, here the famous Borkumer Kleinbahn runs from the harbor to the town center and the carriages with the children to the seal banks. The Ostland is almost untouched. Here you can find pure nature - quiet and picturesque, but also stormy and rough. Borkum's island location guarantees not only a distance from everyday life, but also air that is low in pollen and rich in aerosols, which has a positive effect on the respiratory tract, skin and cardiovascular system - and makes every second spent on the island a pleasure for body, mind and soul. For many decades, Borkum has therefore been one of the leading health destinations on the German North Sea coast. The island is also certified as a Thalasso spa and as the first allergy-friendly island in Europe. In addition, Borkum is considered a paradise for sports enthusiasts, who will find here excellent terrain for cycling, jogging and walking, on the one hand, and one of the best kite buggy and beach sailing areas in Germany, on the other.

Borkum in summer

The warm season on Borkum is filled with the gentle sound of the North Sea, the tickling of the fine sand on your feet, colorful sails on the sea and the jingling of numerous bicycle bells. Thanks to the good sea air of Borkum and the 26-kilometer-long sandy beach, the island is very popular among bathers. The conditions for water sports enthusiasts are also ideal on Borkum: you can jet through the waves on a surfboard, paddle across the water while standing up, or fly through the air right away on a kiteboard. But not only that: you can also go horseback riding, climbing, cycling, hiking or play tennis here.

And if you set out on the trail of Borkum's exciting history, you will discover the island museum "Dykhus" next to fascinating fences made of whale shuttering. Whether the giant whale skeleton, reconstructed captain's rooms, traditional costumes or valuable flotsam and jetsam - the Borkum local history society has lovingly brought together many interesting exhibits here that tell stories from around 300 years of maritime history. An important piece of maritime history and tradition is also presented by the national park ship Feuerschiff BORKUMRIFF, which as a technical cultural monument offers an insight into the history of lightships - and at the same time houses an extensive exhibition on the subject of the Wadden Sea World Heritage Site.

Borkum in winter

In the cold season it is quite uncomfortable on Borkum - at least when you are outside. But you don't have to do without a touch of summer seaside idyll: Wide sandy beach as far as the eye can see, the crashing waves as background music and always a hint of sea salt in your nose. Exactly here, above the Borkum beach, the experience and wellness oasis Gezeitenland extends in its construction modeled on an ocean liner on about 8,000 square meters. Large panorama windows offer a magnificent view of the North Sea in many places. You can also warm up in the sauna world and enjoy numerous Thalasso treatments with seawater and mud.

Also ideal for warming up is an East Frisian tea ceremony. For more than 300 years, East Frisia has been a tea-drinking region. Around 300 liters of tea are drunk per capita each year. Every Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Toornhus, you can learn how the ceremony works and, of course, drink lots of East Frisian tea yourself.

Best time to visit Borkum

It all depends on what you want to experience. Spring and summer are ideal for you if you like to be out in nature, walk in the mudflats and see the island in its full glory. The air is filled with the delicate scents of spring. Everywhere you can see the blossoming life: On the sandbank in front of the bathing beach, young seals doze in the spring sun, while little Easter lambs take their first steps on the dikes. 

In autumn and winter, the wind dominates on Borkum. Actually, the North Sea island unfolds its greatest charm in autumn: the sun still has power, but the wind is already getting rougher and the surf more foamy. When nature goes into hibernation, there are fewer vacationers on the island. Now is exactly the right time to travel if you are looking for peace and solitude. This is a completely different kind of vacation at the North Sea - as quiet and relaxed as the season itself.

Cover photo: The most sunshine hours per day await you in Oberstdorf in July and August © ARochau -

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