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Wadden Islands: Borkum & Schiermonnikoog
Wadden Islands: Borkum & Schiermonnikoog
7 days
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Wadden Islands: Borkum & Schiermonnikoog
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Wadden Islands: Borkum & Schiermonnikoog


Bike Tour: Wadden Islands: Borkum & Schiermonnikoog - 7 days

Looking for true peace, wide-open spaces and fresh air? Then this is your tour! Skip the city of Groningen and set off from the seawall to cycle a centuries-old cultural landscape. Looking north toward the Wadden Sea, you catch a glimpse of the German island of Borkum and car-free Schiermonnikoog Island. Just waiting to be explored by two-wheeler. Neither island is that big and you’ll still have plenty of time to pause for coffee, warm your feet in the sand and stroll along the waterfront. If this is your idea of a perfect holiday, you will find it all here. Capacity on the islands is limited, so don't wait too long. Book early!

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Day 1: Arrival Pieterburen
Day 2: Pieterburen - Roodeschool
Day 3: Daytrip Borkum
Day 4: Roodeschool - Pieterburen
Day 5: Pieterburen - Schiermonnikoog
Day 6: Schiermonnikoog Roundtrip
Day 7: Schiermonnikoog - Pieterburen

Day 1:    Arrival Pieterburen

Arrive in Pieterburen and settle in at your accommodation. Then jump right in with a visit to the seal centre or bike to Noordpolderzijl, the Netherlands’ smallest seaport. Get your first taste of Groningen at dinner in the village and stroll to the seawall for views of the ever-changing mudflats.

Day 2:    Pieterburen - Roodeschool
57 km

Wake up in peaceful North Groningen, a flat land gazing out toward the Wadden Sea. Today is a day to bike the ‘borgs’, beginning with Verhildersum Borg in Leens. Then continue north into open landscapes in the Westpolder, ‘sailing’ along the Zeedijk with views to salt marshes of the Wad. The Wadden Route would not be complete without a stop in Noordpolderzijl, the Netherlands’ smallest seaport, for coffee and cake at 't Zielhoes. Hidden among trees in Uithuizen, the villas at Menkemaborg and Rensumaborg offer a place to take a break on a terrace. And soon you’ll be in Roodeschool for the night.

Day 3:    Daytrip Borkum
27 km

Get an early start for the day trip to Borkum, biking 6 km to Eemshaven past a long line of windmills. Breathe in salty sea air as the boat departs to the screech of seagulls. The immense North Sea beach stretches out just ahead. Perfect for cycling! On the way to Milchbuden, simple wooden beach bars entice you to stop for a snack. Take the dunes’ edge bike path and treat yourself to views of both sand and sea. Pause in tiny Ostland, a halfway point with a handful of ‘bauernhofen’ and terraces overlooking the salt marshes. Circling back, the mudflats provide a very different yet equally beautiful backdrop. You’ll arrive just in time to catch the last boat back to the mainland.

Please note that the German corona (travel) rules apply to your trip to Borkum.

Day 4:    Roodeschool - Pieterburen
40 km

Today’s theme centres on wonderful ‘wierden’. Built to protect villages from the rush of eroding water, these elevated mounds made houses circle round a church in the middle. Classic mound villages include Kantens, Middelstum, Onderdendam and the 2020 ‘most beautiful village’: Winsum. A lovely section of the Reitdiepdal adds further beauty to your ride through the Hogeland where water is basically everywhere. Pedal to Pieterburen via Mensingeweer and Eenrum for some well-deserved rest.

Day 5:    Pieterburen - Schiermonnikoog
21 km

Set off on a short ride via Broek and the aptly named Kleine Huisjes. The brightly coloured Hornhuizen steeple peeks out above the trees as you glide along into wide-open spaces in the Westpolder, with views to the Zeedijk. Roll along the outer dike, breathe in the aroma of salt marshes and make it to Lauwersoog for the 15:30 boat to Schiermonnikoog.

We always try to book our standard hotel for the regular rate. However, due to the popularity of Schiermonnikoog, we may have to change to another, more expensive hotel on the island. This will be done in consultation. We therefore recommend booking early to avoid price increases.

Day 6:    Schiermonnikoog Roundtrip
24 km

Hear the call of seagulls and breathe in the salty island air, with the Wad to one side and the North Sea beach to the other. Grey-green beach grasses reach as far as the eye can see, broken briefly by a white or red lighthouse on the horizon. Though just briefly. One sole tiny village can be reached only by bike. And there’s so much to do and so little time! Take a saltwater dip, stop for lunch at Paviljoen Paal 3, hit the beach for seal-spotting on the Balg, paddle in the Berkenplas, dine as the sun sinks into the sea or browse at boutiques in the village. Still not tired? ‘De Tox’ Bar stays open until late. Or curl up with a good book and rest up for tomorrow.

Day 7:    Schiermonnikoog - Pieterburen
52 km

Spend the morning on Schiermonnikoog catch the 13.30 boat back to the mainland. It’s a short 23-km ride back to Pieterburen ..... then it’s time to go home. A great discovery. Option of adding an extra night to rest and relax in Pieterburen.


Start on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday possible. 

Price pp
Double room, breakfast 720.00
Extra night (breakfast only) 70.00
Surcharge per person
Stay in Pieterburen on Friday 10.00
Stay in Pieterburen on Saturday 10.00
Rental bike
Child bike 77.00
Hybrid 91.00
E-bike 189.00
Extra services
Child seat € 5.83 x 6 35.00
Bike theft insurance € 3.00 x 6 18.00
E-bike theft insurance € 6.00 x 6 36.00
Tag-along bike € 7.00 x 6 42.00
Child trailer € 20.42 x 6 122.50
Bike helmet per piece 10.00
SGR per piece 5.00
Pieterburen - Gastenverblijf Waddenhoes
Pieterburen - Hotel Waddengenot ***
Roodeschool - Hotel Ekamper ***
Schiermonnikoog - Hotel van der Werff ***
Practical info

6 overnights included

3/4 Star Hotels

Tourist tax included

Breakfast included

Detailed roadbook with maps and tourist information

Rental bikes are available

7-day service hotline

Luggage transport to your next hotel

CS Winsum

Parking available at the hotel

GPS tracks available

Ferry crossing Schiermonnikoog and Borkum are included

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