Lower Saxony  >  Germany

A relatively easily accessible island in the German Wadden Sea with great freshwater habitat, dunes, beaches and extensive grasslands.

Added* by Mathieu Waldeck
Most recent update 23 February 2023


Norderney combines great birding with relatively easy accessibility. Besides the common Wadden Sea species, such as waders, gulls and ducks, it offers good seabird watching, birdy reedbeds and close-up encounters with breeding Northern Wheatear, one of the last strongholds of this species in Germany.



You can reach the island by ferry and plane. One can take their car to the island on the ferry, but a car is not needed to get around. Bikes can be rented in several places, but walking is fine too. The infrastructure is pretty good, but the eastern third of the island is unpaved and you'll need to walk. Some paths may be closed here during the breeding season, but you won't miss much.

Terrain and Habitat

Scattered trees and bushes , Grassland , Plain , Sea , Beach , Dunes , Mud flats , Reedbeds , City/village


Flat , Hilly , Sandy , Open landscape , High water possible

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Autumn migration , Spring migration


Paved road , Unpaved road , Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform



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