The seven East Frisian islands stretch in an arc off Germany's North Sea coast. Langeoog and Spiekeroog are two of them.
Slow tourism is the watchword here. If you visit, you have to leave your car on the mainland and explore the islands in a horse-drawn tram, on foot or by bicycle.
The East Frisian islands are part of the Wadden Sea National Park, a unique habitat of tidal mudflats protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The islands offer many guided tours of the mudflats. From Langeoog, you can walk in the shallow water and learn more about the area's flora and fauna. At the right time of year, you can watch flocks of migrating birds stopping in the Wadden Sea to rest and feed on their way to and from the Arctic.
From Langeoog you can go to Spiekeroog, the most tranquil of the East Frisian islands. There take a cutter to the seal colonies and also make sure not to miss the horse-drawn tram through the salt meadows. There's art and culture as well: singing in the dunes!
Editor: Sue Cox