Oland

Oland is one of the “Halligen” ten idyllic islands in the tidal flats along Germany’s North Sea coast. Settlements here are not protected by dikes or other artificial structures. Instead, each hamlet or farmhouse stands on a manmade hill called a “Warft.”

Oland has only one “Warft.” It is home to around 20 people. There are houses, farming buildings, a school, a lighthouse with a thatched roof, and a church.

A causeway connects Oland to the mainland town of Dagebüll and the neighboring “Hallig” of Langeness.
Visitors come and go using the private narrow-gauge railway that runs along the causeway at low tide. There are no cars on Oland.

Oland welcomes visitors year round, whether for migrating Brent geese (“Ringelganstage” in the spring, a New Year’s Eve without fireworks, or busy summer days under an endless sky. Some romantically inclined visitors prefer autumn and winter, when storm surges can lead to “Land unter.” The flats, the causeway, and low-lying pastures are underwater, and the “Warft” becomes a tiny wave-battered island in the open sea.

Photo Hallig Oland

Map Nordfriesland und Halligen

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