Butjadingen — Pirate Adventures In The Wadden Sea

For anyone who is up in the north of Germany, do I have the ultimate vacation spot for you. Along a narrow peninsula, bordered by Bremerhaven to the east and Wilhelmshaven to the west, jutting right out into the North Sea, is the diverting town of Butjadingen.

This is one beachside resort town that gets to boast that it lies along the Wadden Sea National Park. You know what that means, don’t ya? Yup, mudflat hiking.

OK, not everyone gets all excited about walking along the mudflats after the tide goes out, but it is very easy to get excited about the natural beauty of the area, and all the local wildlife that calls this place home.

The National Museum in Butjadingen puts its main focus on the Wadden Sea National Park. This is a great place to learn more about the region, and the challenges it faces.

In case you’re wondering, it isn’t all serious business here. The North Lagoon, is a fun filled area with a Pirate Adventure, Dog Beach, paddle boats, and sandy beach that’s totally family friendly. Even better is the water that’s pumped in from the North Sea is filtered before you swim in it.

Gotta love German engineering. ;-)

For a quiet place in Butjadingen head to the Art Promenade, an area of sculpture made with all sorts of materials like marble, metal, and stone.

This isn’t to be confused with Die Gallerie am Wehlhamm, filled with all sorts of creations like sculpture, ceramics, and glass from North German artists.

Butjadingen isn’t just about art, it’s about a whole bunch of festivals. The Medieval Show is a July event followed by the Surf Festival in mid-September, and the Farmer & Craft Market in October.

No, it isn’t too cold up here then — and even if it is, put a jacket on. ;-)

I guess if it’s too cold you won’t go camping, so save that for when you’re here in the warmer months. Come inside and enjoy one of the jazz concerts that are held around here instead.

Another indoor must-see is the Pipe Organ at Butjadingen’s St. Laurentius Chuurch, dating back to around 1650. You’ll be stunned by the detail put into this thing.

With so much to see and do in Butjadingen, you can see why I said it was the ultimate vacation spot. Now think about how much more you can do if you actually lived here. Lucky Ducks!

 

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