We’ve just got back from another long holiday in Büsum, which is located on Germany’s North Sea coast. That means I’m now knee deep in washing and ironing! Writing this blog has given me the chance to relive our holiday, but the downside is that the washing and ironing pile is still looking at me!
We went to Büsum last summer, but this time we tried out some different activities that I’d like to share with you.
A long drive can be too stressful
We enjoy having a break
Whenever we go to the north or south of Germany, we usually like to include a break close to Düsseldorf. However, this time, we decided to go with a different itinerary and break our journey in the Netherlands. Büsum is too far to travel in one go from the UK, so we booked an overnight stay in the lovely Bergse Bossen hotel, located close to Utrecht. It was a perfect location for us as it was close to the motorway.
We were quite tired when we arrived at the hotel around 9.30pm. Despite arriving quite late, we were pleased to know that we could still have a little snack in the Grand Café. The hotel was modern and spacious with a nice breakfast room and a tasteful interior. The next morning, we felt fully refreshed and ready to continue our journey to Büsum after having a delicious breakfast buffet. It’s a shame we didn’t have time to discover Utrecht, because it’s supposed to be very pretty with a nice old town. Maybe something for another time?
Travelling to Büsum by car
We always take too much luggage when we travel
We usually take far too many clothes – not to mention the board games, roller skates and tennis rackets. Travelling by car usually means piling in as much as possible – just to be prepared for any kind of weather. On this occasion, it had been the right thing to do, as we had every kind of weather thrown at us in those two weeks!
Hello Büsum, hello sunshine
A warm welcome on Germany’s North Sea coast
After a lovely journey that took us past the impressive Hamburg harbour, we arrived in the small seaside resort of Büsum. We picked up the keys to our self-catering apartment, which was located in the Büsum’s town centre, and not far from the sea. As it was Saturday afternoon, the first thing we did was to make our way to an Edeka supermarket to stock up on our favourite food and drink.
The sun was shining, so the last thing we wanted to do was to spend time indoors unpacking. So, we all agreed to have a walk along the seafront. The terrace of the Osteria bei Peci Italian restaurant looked so inviting that we decided to have an early alfresco dinner and enjoy the sea view from there. We remembered that it had been refurbished when we were on holiday in Büsum last summer, but never got the chance to try it out at the time. The Osteria bei Peci can now count on us to be regular diners whenever we’re in Büsum. The restaurant’s interior is also tastefully decorated. In addition to the traditional Italian meals, they also offer regional dishes. Fortunately for me, white asparagus was in season, so I enjoyed a Kalbschnitzel with Hollondaise sauce and boiled potatoes there twice – it was delicious.
Go-karting in Büsum
On our last visit to Büsum in 2018, we weren’t able to try out the Nordseering go-kart track as our son wasn’t tall enough (minimum height 1.35m, minimum age 8). This time, he measured 1.37m, and so we promised him a race all together.
Children use the junior go-karts (5.5 hp), maximum speed 35km/h), and adults can choose between twin go-karts or the 9 hp single go-karts. We hired the helmets, listened to the introductory talk and set off.
After the race, you can check your speed and position on a screen, which certainly makes you want to beat your time on your next race. All three of us enjoyed being a racing driver for the day, and I can certainly recommend trying it out. The café has a nice big window and a terrace that overlooks the race track – perfect for anyone not wanting to participate. The track’s location is a little hidden away. It’s situated close to the Phenomenia museum and the Helgoland pier.
Learning about the history of the area
Laboe on the Baltic Sea
Büsum is a great location to discover the north of Germany. Whenever we are there, we enjoy visiting other places in addition to our favourite spots. In my 2018 Büsum blog, I talked about our trips to the Friedrichskoog seal rescue station, and the picturesque village of Friedrichstadt, where you can book boat trips or hire pedal boats to see the beautiful village from the water. The trendy seaside resort of St Peter Ording is also close by. This lovely resort offers stunning wide sandy beaches, cool beach bars, cafés, restaurants and shops, as well as plenty of water sports like kite-surfing.
This time, we decided to drive a little further east towards the Baltic Sea, close to Kiel. My husband discovered that you can visit a Second World War U995 VII C/41 type submarine in Laboe. A similar type of submarine was used in the 1981 Das Boot film, which depicted the tragic situation faced by the crew on board.
Next to the submarine, you can also visit the naval memorial. This 85m tower became a landmark in the Kieler Förde region. We didn’t have time to climb the 341 steps to the viewing platform or learn about its history. We will certainly come back to enjoy the views across the Baltic Sea, and visit the tower when our son is a little older, so that he can understand its history better. You can read some reviews on TripAdvisor about the famous submarine here: https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g187412-d1048456-Reviews-U_Boot_U_995-Kiel_Schleswig_Holstein.html
Kieler Förde – an idyllic seaside resort
Laboe’s wide, sandy beaches
I’d never heard of Laboe until my husband told me that he used to visit this place when he was a child, and that it was well worth seeing. When we arrived in this small seaside resort, I was literally speechless. The pristine, wide sandy beach, the calm Baltic Sea on this perfectly sunny day truly impressed me.
We arrived at lunchtime, so we walked straight to the harbour area to find a restaurant to enjoy some fresh fish. We were told to look out for the Fischküche restaurant, as it is said to be the best place to eat fish. The restaurant was situated on the beautiful promenade, and had lovely views across the harbour. Although we’re not big fans of self-service, it was a good decision to have lunch there, as the fish was delicious. I could have stayed the whole day on the beach relaxing in one of the popular beach chairs in the beautiful sunny weather. Instead, we made the hour and forty-five-minute journey back to Büsum. Again, we made ourselves a promise to revisit this beautiful spot, and maybe stay a bit longer next time.
The Piraten Meer swimming pool
Jump into the waves
The Piraten Meer public swimming pool is situated in the heart of Büsum. It’s an indoor seawater pool with a slide. There are also several smaller pools that are ideal for small children. The large pool is great fun for children if they are able to swim. Every 30 minutes, the wave machine is switched on to replicate the natural movement of the sea. We spent a couple of hours there one afternoon. However, this pool will close its doors from July 2019 for a thorough refurbishment that is expected to take up to two years to complete. When it’s finished, it will be linked to the newly built Lighthouse Hotel & Spa via a tunnel, so that hotel guests will be able to access the pool from their hotel room. The hotel is expected to open in the summer of 2019. I can’t wait to see what it’ll be like when it’s finished. I’ll keep you posted on its progress.
Kite festival at Perlebucht Bay
Family fun on a lovely Easter weekend
The temperatures in Büsum changed drastically during our stay. Our winter coats, gloves, scarfs and hats were worn, along with our T-shirts, flip-flops and sun cream. The Easter weekend was kind to us – the sun was shining and the temperature reached around 22C. We were able to spend some time at the Perlebucht Bay family lagoon. We were lucky enough to be there when the colourful kite festival was taking place.
The atmosphere was amazing. People were enjoying the view from the 360° bar, or chilling in the beach chairs watching the beautiful reflection of the sun on the Wadden Sea. Children had fun in the mud at low tide, building sandcastles, playing football or jumping on the trampoline. The giant kites floating in the air created a really colourful picture across the beach.
So, this was a brief outline of our Easter holiday in Büsum on the North Sea coast. There is so much more I’d like to talk about like our day trip to Helgoland island, which I’m going to write about in my next blog. I’d also like to recommend a few places where we enjoyed some excellent food. These have certainly become our favourite places in Büsum so far. I’m sure I’ll discover more on my next trip.
Here are our personal top ten restaurants from our April 2019 trip to the North Sea coast:
Osteria bei Peci restaurant:
Good-quality Italian and regional food (including vegetarian) with the best views across the sea. It’s also the best place to watch the most impressive sunsets. We had plaice Büsum style with brown shrimp, pizza and veal with asparagus, boiled potatoes and hollandaise sauce and a caprese salad.
Tucked away (close to the skyscraper), it offers good-quality food (including vegetarian). You can eat fantastic US prime steak here, as well as regional fish dishes like plaice with brown shrimp, etc.
Deichperle restaurant at Küstenperle Hotel & Spa:
Good-quality food in a modern, maritime atmosphere. The menu includes regional dishes, as well as international food (including vegetarian and vegan). We had lamb and spaghetti with summer truffle. It’s a great place to go with children as there is a playroom attached to the restaurant (perfect for children up to around 5 years old). If the weather is good, I can highly recommend the terrace that has a little playground. They also serve delicious homemade cakes in the afternoon, so it’s always worth the walk from Büsum town centre, along the dyke to the Küstenperle Hotel & Spa.
A good variety of fish dishes (fried or steamed), as well as meat and vegetarian dishes with an outside space. I had Zander filet (pikeperch) with a mustard sauce and boiled potatoes. Being a fan of Büsum style plaice (Scholle Büsumer Art in German), my husband ordered his favourite meal there several times.
Located in Büsum’s high street (Alleestraße), this restaurant was my husband’s favourite place to eat Büsum style plaice. The menu offers a good variety of food (including vegetarian options). I enjoyed white asparagus with ham and boiled potatoes, which is always my favourite meal when asparagus is in season (mid-April until around 24th June).
Störtebeker Steakhaus restaurant:
The menu offers quite a few beef options, like steaks and burgers, as well as pork ribs, salads and vegetarian meals. They have a nice outside space for alfresco dining.
This bar is located close to the park in the town centre (at the end of Alleestraße). We figured out that quite a few families go to this bar after dinner with their children, as there is a space with some play equipment opposite the bar to keep the little ones entertained.
Wiebke’s Blaubeer-Pfannekuchen café:
I tried the blueberry pancake and the Eiergrog (similar to egg nog) here. It was certainly my favourite place to enjoy something sweet.
A lovely ice cream parlour with a modern interior, and both indoor and outdoor spaces. It serves delicious ice cream sundaes and homemade cakes.
Sally’s ice cream:
Our favourite ice cream shop where we treated ourselves almost every day after lunch or dinner. It’s located opposite Gosch Sylt restaurant, close to the Piraten Meer public swimming pool.
Due to technical errors I couldn’t add more pictures here, but I’m going to solve this error so I can show you many nice photos from our trip. At the moment I’m also busy creating a nice video from our trip, which you’ll find here very soon. If you’d like to get notified once I’ve published it, just leave a comment here or message me via my Facebook page @nadjasgermany. Thank you!