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Norderney (Lower Saxony)

Germany is located in Central Europe and it shares borders with Denmark in the North, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France in the West, Austria and Switzerland in the South and Poland and the Czech Republic in the East. The North Sea and the Baltic Sea represent additional National Borders in the North. The official language of Germany is German and Berlin is the capital.

Norderney is one of the popular destinations in Germany, and is well known for the scenery and quantity of cultural related attractions. It is one of the seven populated East Frisian Islands off the North Sea coast. Located in the state of Lower Saxony, the island is 14 kilometers long and about 2.5 kilometers wide, having a total area of about 26.3 square kilometers and is therefore Germany's tenth largest island.
Norderney's population amounts to about 6200 inhabitants. In 1946, Norderney gained municipal status and was counted as a part of the Aurich Kreis. On the northern side of the island lies a 14 kilometers long sandy beach. The neighboring island to the east is Baltrum, which lies about 800 meters away. To the west is the island of Juist, about 3 kilometers away.

Norderney is the youngest of all the East Frisian Islands in Germany. The island has only existed in its present form since the 16th century, being the eastern reminant of the larger island Buise. The larger island of Buise was split into two parts during the Grote Mandrenke flood of 1362, the eastern half at first being called Ostrende. The left part of Buise shrunk in size over the years and finally disappeared into the North Sea during the Petri flood of 1651. Ostrende, on the other hand, grew in size, and since 1550 is noted as Northern new island having a church and 18 houses.

The entire eastern half of Norderney now belongs to the Niedersachsisches Wattenmeer National Park. In the park footpaths are not allowed, in order to prevent destruction of plants and animals. The mainland is easily reached by a ferry. Norderney also possesses an airport with a 1000 meter long runway.

A thousand surprising discoveries, great hotels, excellent family resorts, Norderney is a truly unique adventure playground for all those who want more than just an island or seaside, who want more originality, and authenticity, more variety and more family fun. Here, everything is just around the corner and nothing is closer than pure enjoyment.

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