Juist is an island located in the north-west of Germany, close to the Dutch border.
17km long, 500m to 1km wide (depending on the tide).
Every six hours high and low tide are changing
Juist is a Wadden Sea UNESCO World Heritage Site
A spa sanctuary:
Juist island is popular with spas due to its healthy climate, which is good for anyone suffering with respiratory diseases. People often go there for cures, e.g. thalassotherapy.
Specifics: Juist is a car-free island
Beach chairs are available to hire during the summer (they are a good shelter from the wind).
Prices to hire a beach chair (2018):
- Day tickets (9.50€)
- Three days (25€)
- One week (48€)
The average temperature during the summer months, (June, July, August) is around 20C. However, we’ve spent several summer holidays there and the temperature has been well above 20C.
Bikes (including children’s bikes and trailers) can be hired on the island. You are not permitted to take your own bike on to the island.
There are two dog-friendly beaches located in both the east and west side of the island (dogs are not allowed on the main beaches during the summer months). Dogs are welcome in cafés and restaurants. Some accommodation will offer special dog-friendly rooms and apartments, e.g. Ankerplatz by the Achterdiek Hotel. These rooms and apartments include any equipment that your four-legged family member might need.
Public seawater swimming pool (Töwer Vital):
Visitors have free use of the swimming pool for an hour and a half each day (extended use will be charged).
Sauna and wellness area at the Töwer Vital swimming pool: A one-and-a-half-hour session is currently 12€ (2018). Some accommodation offers a discounted sauna ticket, so it’s worth asking. Thalassotherapy, massages and other treatments are available and on Wednesday’s, family sauna sessions are available (18€ for 3 hours/per adult, 10€ for children 6- 18)
How to get there:
Ferries from the UK:
Harwich – the Hook of Holland (approximately seven hours), then approximately four hours from the Hook of Holland to Norddeich.
Dover – Calais (approximately one and a half hours), then approximately six and a half hours from Calais (France) to Norddeich.
Newcastle – Amsterdam (approximately 15 hours), then approximately three and a half hours from Amsterdam to Norddeich.
Hull – Rotterdam (approximately 11 hours), then approximately four hours from Rotterdam to Norddeich.
Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais (35 minutes).
From the south of Germany: take the A31 towards Emden-Nord and from there take the B210 and then the B72 towards Norddeich.
From the Netherlands (Rotterdam/Amsterdam): take the E232/A37 towards Meppen and then take the A31 just before Meppen towards Papenburg/Emden and then on to Norddeich.
Juist does have a small airport and flights can be booked with ‘Der Inselflieger – FLN’ from Norddeich or Harle to Juist (about 15 minutes). Prices are currently 82€ (2018) for an adult return ticket.
There is a train station located at ‘Norddeich Mole’ ferry port, so you just need to walk across from the train to the ferry. A train from Düsseldorf takes approximately four hours (change at Emden). From Amsterdam, it’s approximately a five-hour journey (three changes).
Access to Juist Island:
By ferry; usually only once or twice a day (between November and March only once a day). So always check the ferry departure times in advance and plan enough time to get there!
Juist ferry return prices (2018) by Frisia:
Children (6-13 years old): 17€
Bikes (only for Juist Island residents) and hand carts: 15.50€