Ostfriesland: worth seeing and tips for greetsiel

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Greetsiel is one of the most popular excursion destinations on the North Sea coast. But what is there to see? And is a visit worthwhile? My tips for Greetsiel.

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#1. Picture book harbor in Ostfriesland

There are places like that, you know that they are holiday dreams. Greetsiel awakens about images of shrimp cutters, wide meadows, a pretty brick core and northern German way of life. That’s how it was with me when I first visited it two years ago. We drove through the landscape of Marschwiesen and Weite, on the Krummhörn, this land nose, which juts into the Wadden Sea and enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. Until we came to Greetsiel. A place in the middle of the desert, where everything is different. Large parking lots at the entrance already told of the number of visitors.

Houses crouch behind the dike

We parked our car and continued on foot. Like a river, the flow of people increased the closer we got to the famous twin mills and the harbor. Well, the North Sea coast is rough and if there is something sweet, then it enjoys just great popularity. Who can blame people??

Almost like in Holland.

Greetsiel is the dollhouse of the North Saxon North Sea with a cute harbor and the two windmills. A wonderful canal system, which is great paddling and a shopping mall to stroll. Greetsiel is also a favorite place for older tourists, who like to treat themselves to a coffee tour, take a stroll and go home. You have to know that when you drive to this place in Ostfriesland. But this also gives him this very special mood, in which there is no pressure to be particularly hip or trendy. But somehow like at home.

    Greetsiel can be busy, especially on weekends and holidays.Better go in the postseason.It remains the most popular holiday resort on East Frisia‘s mainland.

A masterpiece in strings is such a crab cutter

# 2. Attractions of Greetsiel

As a museum and shrimp fishing port right on the Leybucht, Greetsiel radiates its own flair and is one of the most beautiful fishing villages in the region. Whether with tourists or not. I was lucky not to be there in the summer season, but in the off-season. It was full but bearable. But it is extremely crowded on holiday and holidays in NRW, as Greetsiel is easily accessible from the Ruhr area and Ostfriesland has many fans in the west of the country. Greetsiel also has many beautiful sights such as

    ZwillingsmühlenportMarienkirchemarketNationakparkhausSchöpfwerkMuseum houseLeyhörn

The twin mills of Greetsiel.

Twin mills: eye-catcher on the canal

It is probably the first thing that attracts visitors: on a small hill in the old town are two windmills, one green and the other red. Both are built in the style of a gallery hollander. Although the red mill looks tidier and chicer, the red mill was more appealing when I got to know it. In the green is a café, which is the first port of call for tourists in the city. The mill behind it with the red body houses a shop for organic products, of course, especially products around the flour. It looks a bit like a shop from another time. Both mills are picturesquely situated on the Old Sieltief.

Harbor: crabs, excursion trips and old cutters – the heart of Greetsiel

With just under 30 cutters Greetsiel maintains one of the largest fleet of shrimps on the North Sea coast. Here the colorful cutters are still running daily and fishing on the high seas for the small crabs. With a little luck, you will see them arrive at the harbor again and can take a bag of unpulsed fresh. From there also the excursion boats start through the Leybucht.

Typical sight of Greetsiel

The beautiful St. Mary’s Church is a bit crooked.

St. Mary’s Church: Silent brick idyll on the edge of the hustle and bustle

A bit back from the main route is the Marienkirche. She has a special charisma with her stocky brick construction. On the coast, such places have often been shelters for fishing families who prayed for their loved ones at sea. I think you can still feel that today. After all, the building dates back to 1380. The gothic building lies idyllically under old trees and its slanted walls make the whole ensemble look even more bizarre. By the way, the oldest ship snowdrift of Lower Saxony shines on the roof.

The main street of Greetsiel – rarely is it so deserted.

Markt / Sielstr .: Gourmet street with a view

Staircase gabled houses, the view of the cutter harbor and delicious ice cream nearby – the market meets the most important needs of Greetsiel visitors. The ensemble is beautiful with its 17th century terraced gable houses. It is clear that this is the tourist center of the village.

That’s what makes Greetsiel so appealing – the little houses.

National Park House: Learning about the Wadden Sea

The old gulf house with attached barn has become national park house. It not only informs about the Wadden Sea National Park, but is also a center for events. Families flock to the microscopes and show walls or book a natural history tour.

The National Park House in Greetsiel

Pumping station: technical specialty of the coast

The Sielorte the North Sea always have pumping stations, which is worth watching. They ultimately secure the water level, because the inland is very deep, it could in the worst case, like a bathtub. The barrage from 1991 pumps the water into the reservoir Leyhörn.

Museum house: amber collection

A large collection of amber is in the Greetsieler Museum House. It partially shows pieces that are more than 50 million years old.

# 3. On road & Parking in Greetsiel

Greetsiel is best explored on foot. Parking on site is practically impossible, but secure parking at the entrance parking the car. In the main season it can be very crowded. The area is also great for exploring by bike as it is so wonderfully flat. It is only 16 km from Norden train station by bike, a route that is easy to master.

Haunt beautiful house facade.

# 4. Restaurants and cafés in Greetsiel

Witthus: solid and regional ♦ The restaurant looks a bit dignified, but the chef knows how to prepare plaice, matjes and crabs very well. The ingredients come mainly from the region. www.witthus.de

Poppinga – a must in Greetsiel

Poppinga’s old bakery: A tearoom like a museum ♦ Poppinga is part of Greetsiel. The cafe is wonderfully nostalgic and the perfect place for Ostfriesentee with cake. The tea shop is a small museum. www.poppingas-alte-backerei-greetsiel.de

Eiscafé at the harbor: Softe cooling ♦ A must: Danish ice cream, just take on your hand and then lick the harbor.

The old rescue shed is now a bistro.

# 5. Shopping in Greetsiel

Greetsiel is Krabbenstadt, after all, it maintains the largest cutter fleet Ostfrieslands. If the cutters enter the harbor, that is not only nice to look at, but it’s worth it, Crabs directly from the ship to buy. It is barely fresher, it is cheap, only you have to pulen then yourself.

Fresh from the cutter in the baskets.

The crabs in the refrigerator car.

Simon’s Africa Culture Shop: With a broad Moin Simon welcomes his visitors – the East Frisian with the African roots is a true original in the picture book village Greetsiel. He runs one of the largest African shops in Germany and crafts such as masks, chairs, jewelery, bags or stools come from Ghana. With his sunny style, he is a good mood factor.

Africa in Greetsiel.

# 6. Events in Greetsiel

Kutter parade : At the end of July, the shrimp cutters adorn themselves with colorful flags and take tourists on a trip to sea – the Kutterkorso, accompanied by the culinary and musical program at the harbor is one of the event highlights.

Famous crab cutter in Greetsiel.

Greetsiel Week: For more than 40 years, contemporary artists have presented their works at Greetsieler Elementary School at the Greetsieler Woche, always at the beginning of July at the Ubbo Emmius Primary School.

Typical: The Greetsiel Canal.

boat trips belong firmly in the program during a Greetsiel visit. If you come, you should plan enough time to either chug it to the lock with the excursion steamer and sail through the Siele or book a canal tour.

Typical canal of Greetsiel.

Especially nice hikes to the adjacent Leyhörn, a nature reserve that sticks out of the coast like a nose. Many birds have found a refuge here and beak on the ponds or salt marshes, in two places near the Pilsumer lighthouse and bird watching houses are built. Popular is the hike to Pilsum lighthouse, Incidentally, this can also be done with baby carriages. It takes about 1.5 hours each way.

Leyhörn – beautiful landscape near Greetsiel.

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