Over many centuries violent North Sea storms and the resulting flooding and land erosion produced this chain of islands. The power of water movement literally washed away, or covered existing land, and then separated what remained from the mainland by the shallow waters of the Waddenmeer.
Germany's government spent vast sums to reclaim some of the land lost to the sea, and today, these islands are used some for farming and ranching, but mostly, as an idyllic tourist destination.
The towns of Borkum and Norderney are the most popular resort areas, and they both have hotels and vacation homes. However, in summer, availabilities are limited so book in advance.
Visitors enjoy health spas, quiet walks along the beach, cycling, watersports of all description, including windsurfing. The entire Frisian Island group has a rich ecosystem, and attracts many species of birds and fish.
Tours are easily arranged, and all of the East Frisian Islands are well served by regular ferry service from the mainland, and by the Norderney airport.