Föhr - The island
“Frisian Caribbean” – the people of Föhr confidently praise their island in the North Sea. And rightly so, as visitors will quickly see, for the white sandy beaches, picturesque island villages, and green marshland – all in the middle of the Schleswig-Holstein Wattenmeer National Park – form a breathtaking backdrop of diverse natural beauty.
The second largest island in the North Sea is located behind the islands Sylt and Amrum, which protect it from the strong winds. This location not only gives it its mild climate, but less wind is good for agriculture. The island has lush green areas and many wooded regions. More than 100 farms tend the fertile marshland.
Whales used to play an important role here. They dominated the island’s history from the 17th to the 19th century and made it wealthy. Magnificent thatched-roof captains’ manors in the eleven villages on the island are indications of this wealth. There are some 60 in Nieblum alone. Numerous gravestones tell the dramatic stories of the successful seafarers and whalers of the island. The Frisian roots are lovingly maintained. The healthy air on Föhr has long been acclaimed – as early as 1819, the first seaside resort on the coast of the North Sea was established in the small port of Wyk. And when Denmark’s King Christian VIII spent the summer of 1842 at the health resort on the island, tourism success was guaranteed.
Föhr is 12 kilometers long and about 7 kilometers wide: a good size for exploring the island by bicycle. Families with children, nature enthusiasts, hikers, and senior citizens have plenty of room on the 144 kilometers of bicycle trails and 15 kilometers of beaches. There is also a huge cultural, leisure, and entertainment program for visitors with more than 8,500 events. Resort and spa vacationers can care for body and soul with a holistic health concept. Föhr has an attractive entertainment and childcare program for family vacations with children.