North Sea

Helgoland | The Red Keep

After the Germans exchanged Helgoland with the British against Zanzibar in 1890, they turned it into a fortress island with a 13 km subterranean tunnel system. On May 11th 1945, Helgoland came back under the control of British troops and soon became a bombing range. On April 18th 1947, the Royal Navy detonated 6,700 tonnes of explosives during operation “Big Bang” creating one of the biggest single non-nuclear detonations in history.

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German Wadden Islands | Wangerooge

A short history Wangerooge is one of the 32 Frisian Islands (or Wadden Islands) in the North Sea located close to the coasts of the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. It is the easternmost and smallest of the inhabited islands in the East Frisian Islands.

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German Wadden Islands – Wangerooge (c) Sylvie De Weze-39-13 German Wadden Islands – Wangerooge (c) Sylvie De Weze-39-24 German Wadden Islands – Wangerooge (c) Sylvie De Weze-39-11 German Wadden Islands – Wangerooge (c) Sylvie De Weze-39-20 German Wadden Islands – Wangerooge (c) Sylvie De Weze-39-22 German Wadden Islands – Wangerooge (c) Sylvie De Weze-39-09
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German Wadden Islands | Spiekeroog

Spiekeroog is one of the East Frisian Islands, also known as the Wadden Islands, off the North Sea coast of Germany. The only village on the car-free and greenest (!) of all Frisian islands is also called Spiekeroog. The island is part of the Wadden Sea World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Today tourists mainly flock to the 15 kilometres of sandy beaches.

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German Wadden Islands – Spiekeroog (c) Sylvie De Weze-18 German Wadden Islands – Spiekeroog (c) Sylvie De Weze-19 German Wadden Islands – Spiekeroog (c) Sylvie De Weze-06 German Wadden Islands – Spiekeroog (c) Sylvie De Weze-20 German Wadden Islands – Spiekeroog (c) Sylvie De Weze-16 German Wadden Islands – Spiekeroog (c) Sylvie De Weze-04
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Heligoland | The Gibraltar of the North Sea

Long military history Heligoland, spelled Helgoland in German, has a long military history because of its strategic location. Occupied originally by Frisian herdsmen and fishermen, the island came under the control of the dukes of Schleswig-Holstein in 1402 and became a Danish possession in 1714. Seized by the British navy in 1807, it was formally ceded in 1814 to Britain, which in 1890 transferred it to Germany in exchange for Zanzibar and other African territories.

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Wadden Islands | Schiermonnikoog & Ameland

                                                               

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