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Wadden Sea island in the shape of a seahorse. This small car-free island is very rich in birds.

Added* by Thies Wiechert
Most recent update 20 June 2021


Wangerooge has a rich bird life in all seasons. About 200 different bird species regularly pass through the island on their way to the breeding areas and back. About 70 different bird species breed on the island. The West and East Inner Groden are characterized by meadow birds in spring and summer. Wangerooge is one of the most important retreat areas in Lower Saxony, especially for Black-tailed Godwit and Northern Lapwing. One bird you can't miss on Wangerooge is the Eurasian Oystercatcher. They seem to be everywhere. Next to the thousands of waders, ducks, gulls, terns and other migratory birds, there is always a chance on rarities on this island.



A ferry sails from Harlesiel to Wangerooge. The boat can only sail at high tide. On Wangerooge you can ride a narrow gauge train from the jetty in the west to the village in the center of the island. Cars are not allowed to drive on the island. Visitors can leave their car in a parking garage in Harlesiel. The car-free island of Wangerooge offers natural enjoyment at the highest level. In the island village is the National Park House operated by the NABU (BirdLife Germany), where guests can get info on the Wadden Sea and its birds.

Terrain and Habitat

Beach , Mud flats , Wetland , Agriculture , Grassland , Scattered trees and bushes , Sea , Dunes , Reedbeds


Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Autumn migration , Spring migration


Paved road , Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

Most birds will be found on Wangerooge in the Wadden Sea, where birds seek their food in their thousands at low tide. At high tide, they come close together and stand at the edge of the mudflats in the salt marshes or gather on the large sandy areas of the eastern tip. In the interior of the island, various species of geese and gulls gather on the pastures in the west of the island. If you bike or walk over the interior of the island, you will also see many birds and during migration many passerines.

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