The island of Baltrum can be found off the north-western coast of Germany and forms part of the East Frisian Islands archipelago. With an area of just over 2.5 square miles, it is the smallest of the island group, although it is one of the most visited. The island attracts national and international visitors alike, drawn by its clean beaches, historical landmarks and the unspoilt landscape of the Lower Saxony- Wadden Sea National Park. Visitors from the UK looking to spend their holidays on Baltrum will find that there is a good choice of self-catering holiday rental on the island, to include apartments and chalets.
Being an island, it is not surprising that water sports are the main attraction for most visitors spending their holidays on Baltrum. Swimming, diving and sailing are especially popular here when weather permits, whilst the island’s sea water filled indoor swimming pool can be enjoyed throughout the year. As no vehicles or even bicycles are permitted on the island, walking is the best way to explore this relatively compact island. As a more unusual alternative, at low tide visitors may also partake in a 2.5 hour guided walk across the mud flats which separate Baltrum from the German mainland. Ferries operate every 30 minutes at high tide, to provide a quicker and less strenuous crossing. Visitors may also be treated to the sight of shoals of seals during this pleasant journey.
Visitors who have more cultural and historical interests will be pleased to discover that there plenty of interesting sites and landmarks to visit on the island. Particular points of interest are The Museum of Local History, The National Park Museum and the historic protective palisade to be found in the island’s south-western corner. The island’s Catholic church, which was originally built as a Lutheran church in the early 19th century, is another popular draw, although there is also an impressive more modern Lutheran church, which was completed in 1964. St Nicholas church uniquely has separate winter-use and summer-use buildings, the latter having a thatched roof.
North-western Germany and the East Frisian Islands as a whole have a typically oceanic climate. This means that summer holidays in Baltrum can be pleasantly warm, with temperatures often staying in the early-twenties degrees Celsius. Winters are cooler, though temperatures are influenced by the surrounding North Sea and rarely drop below zero. Baltrum does receive an average annual rainfall of around 30 inches.
Most travellers from the UK looking to spend their holidays in Baltrum will start their journey by first flying with British Airways, Lufthansa, Flybe or Easyjet to Hamburg Airport (HAM), departing from a choice of regional airports, to include London Heathrow (LHR), Birmingham (BHX) and Manchester (MAN). They may then make use of Germany’s highly efficient public transport system to travel west to the port of Norddeich, before taking a ferry crossing to the island.