Picturesque Büsum harbour

Things to do in Büsum on the North Sea

If you didn’t read my last blog about why we decided to go to Büsum for our summer holiday this year, you can read it here.


We absolutely love being by the North Sea and we always come home feeling completely relaxed after spending one or two weeks breathing in the healthy, sea air. In August this year (2018), we spent our summer holiday in Büsum, not far from the Danish border. It’s also an ideal location for spending a night or two in this beautiful fishing village on your way to Denmark or to combine it with a visit to the beautiful islands of Sylt and Amrum. In my last blog, I promised you that I’d share some of the things we did while we were staying in Büsum – so get ready to be inspired!



Fantastic things to do in Büsum


There are many things to do in Büsum as well as in the surrounding areas. I can highly recommend all the activities that we tried out – these are highlighted in bold.


Activities on the Perlebucht Lagoon

Note: The lagoon is divided into two areas: one area is for swimming and for things like airbeds, inflatable boats etc. and the other side is reserved for water sports

  • Wind surfing (courses available from 8 years)

  • Kite surfing

  • Stand up paddling

  • Beach volley ball

  • Beach football

  • Guided mud flat walking tours (various tours available e.g. family tours)


Other activities and options


  • Running is brilliant along the coastline and 3km sea dike.
  • Cycling on the 6,000km North Sea Cycling Route (if you don’t have your own bikes with you, you’ll find plenty of places to hire them in Büsum)
  • Visiting the public indoor swimming pool (one hour is free for every visitor with a Büsum guest card). The pool’s wave machine is turned on every half an hour – great fun for both children and adults! There is also a small swimming pool for young children, water slides for slightly older children and plenty of other equipment available. Adults can also use the public wellness area upstairs.
  • Flying a kite (there is a particular area where you can fly stunt kites)
  • Riding a four-seater pedal go-kart
  • Phänomenia (called Sturmflutenwelt Blanker Hans until 2015) is a fairly new (June 2017), and well-designed science museum where you can learn all about the different scientific experiments. You will need around two to three hours to see everything. Dogs are allowed in the museum.
  • Various boat trips, which are ideal for families and on most trips dogs are welcome too. Read about our boat trip experience here. And here you’ll get to the boat trip website directly. 


Nearby places and things to do


We went to the Schleswig Viking Festival (Wikingertage), which takes place every summer at the pretty Baltic Sea Schlei Fjord in Schleswig. This spectacular festival celebrates the Viking era and is a really entertaining day for the whole family. Unfortunately for us, it was the only day that we had bad weather and we left the festival like drowned rats! However, the set up was great and in good weather, it would be a lot of fun. Dogs are also welcome at the event. Follow my Facebook page to receive a notification of the next Schleswig Viking Festival.

Friedrichskoog seal rescue centre

Friedrichskoog seal rescue centre – Copyright: Nadja’s Germany

Friedrichskoog Seehundstation e. V. seal rescue centre 

Located about 40km south of Büsum, it is one of two seal rescue centres in Germany. The centre’s main priority is to treat     abandoned or injured young seals until they can be reintroduced back into the wild.

The centre is well set up to give visitors a great experience from watching feeding time, children’s activities (like quizzes and guided tours) to informative talks about the seals and the work that the centre does. I particularly loved watching feeding time (you can look up the feeding times on their website before you go).



Note: Information around the centre is in both German and English but any explanations given during the feeding times are done German. Dogs are not permitted at the centre.




Friedrichtstadt Dutch city in the north of Germany

Dutch city (Holländerstadt) Friedrichstadt – Copyright: Nadja’s Germany

Friedrichstadt is a pretty village located around 40km north of Büsum, on the River Eider. It’s also known as Holländerstadt, as it was discovered by Dutch settlers in 1621. The architecture around the market square, in particular, is typically Dutch in style. While we were there, we did a one-hour trip along the canal, which I can highly recommend but you could also hire small electric or pedal boats or a canoe to discover the canal at your own pace.









St. Peter Ording on the North Sea in Germany

St. Peter Ording bridge – Copyright: Nadja’s Germany

St Peter Ording is situated 37km fromBüsum,which is also known as SPO by the locals (an abbreviation of St Peter Ording). It’s a more exclusive seaside resort than Büsum and very popular with wind and kite surfers. The wide sandy beach with its many beach bars is a fantastic location for the kite surfing events like the Multivan Kitesurf Mastersand the World Beach Sailing Competition (Strandsegel-Weltmeisterschaft).









Deichkind restaurant at Strandgut Hotel St. Peter Ording

Deichkind restaurant at Strandgut Resort St. Peter Ording – Copyright: Nadja’s Germany

Some friends of ours, who are frequent visitors to St Peter Ording, recommended going to the Strandbar 54 Grad Nord Beach Bar or to check out the Ambassador Hotel & Spa and the Strandgut Resort. We enjoyed a lovely meal at the Deichkind Restaurant on the Strandgut Resort’s terrace and spent some time relaxing at the Arche Noah Beach Bar. You can see lots of pictures on my Instagram page and I’ll be writing more about St Peter Ording very soon.









Another place worth seeing is the Multimar Wattforum Museum in Tönning – only half an hour from Büsum. It was recommended to us by the locals but we didn’t end up going as we wanted to make the most of the fantastic weather and spend our time outdoors.


Last but not least, I’d like to recommend some great places to eat. The restaurants all serve good-quality and reasonably priced meals and children get a good choice of meals available from the kid’s menus. If you don’t already know, dogs are welcome in restaurants in Germany. We had done some research of the restaurants beforehand, so I thought it would be helpful if I add the TripAdvisor link to each of my reviews too, so you can check them out for yourself.



Restaurant at Küstenperle Hotel & Spa Büsum

Deichperle restaurant at Küstenperle Hotel & Spa – Copyright: Küstenperle Hotel & Spa

Deichperle Restaurant at the Küstenperle Hotel & Spa

Address: Dithmarscher Str. 39, 25761 Büsum

While we were in Büsum, we stayed at the Küstenperle Hotel & Spa. This brand new, stylish hotel has great facilities for children with a playground located just in front of the beautiful terrace, a playroom for younger children and an area for older children that included table football and a play station. We enjoyed several meals in the restaurant. You’ll find a good variety of meat, fish and vegetarian meals and you can either have the buffet or go for the a la carte menu.

Tip: Depending when you’re there, it’s recommended to book a table in advance!

Phone: +49 4834 962110

Here you can check out the reviews on TripAdvisor.

Ralf’s Restaurant

Address: Hummergrund 4, 25761 Büsum

This cosy little place is only a 15-minute walk from the Küstenperle Hotel& Spa. We came here several times and on one occasion we shared the delicious gourmet fish platter and on another evening I had the U. S. Prime Beef steak, which was served with a jacket potato and a delicious Béarnaise sauce.

Here you can check out the reviews on  TripAdvisor

Tip: Depending when you’re there, it’s recommended to book a table in advance!

Phone: +49 4834 8500

Spieskomer Restaurant

Address: Alleestr. 40A, 25761 Büsum

Again, we were repeaters here too. There was a good variety on the menu and the great-quality meals were served with a friendly service. Apparently the restaurant is well-known for its really good Büsum-style plaice, which is served with brown shrimp or for its lamb cutlets –  both were delicious! We also tried the steak, which also got a huge thumbs- up from us!

Here you can check out the reviews on the TripAdvisor.

Tip: Depending when you’re there, it’s recommended to book a table in advance!

Phone: +49 4834 3478

For a quick meal, I was recommended (but didn’t try) Hafenpick, which is located right on the harbour next to the well-known Gosch fish restaurant. It had good reviews on TripAdvisor and I heard that they do the best fish soup. Something we’ll try next time!

Here you can check out the reviews on TripAdvisor.


There are always plenty of events taking place in Büsum including beach parties, kite flying events, classic car shows, traditional fishing boat races and much more. I’ve added some events on my website and on my @nadjasgermany Facebook page in the event section. Why not follow me on Facebook to keep updated or sign up for my weekly newsletter? It would be wonderful if you would join my ‘I love Germany’ closed Facebook group and maybe share your Büsum or other ‘holiday in Germany’ experiences with our community. And if you have found any of these tips helpful, please do give a thumbs up or make a commentJ


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By Nadja Thom / Administrator, bbp_keymaster

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on Sep 14, 2018

I’m Nadja – a mum to a nine-year-old and a dog lover. I’m German but I’ve been living close to London since 2004. I absolutely love the British humour, traditions, landscape and culture and London inspires me every time I go there. Since living in the UK, I look at my home country from a completely different perspective. I now travel to Germany as a ‘tourist’, exploring and rediscovering it with new eyes. I hope my website and blog inspires you to discover my home country.

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