Northern Germany: J-Term 2017 Part 4

We went from the big city of Berlin to the small town of Niebüll, which was our “basecamp” for four nights. It was definitely a change of pace from our time in Berlin! The hostel we stayed at was like a little village, and there was a hot meal prepared for us every night.


Our hostel in Niebüll, a bit messy since we had just arrived and dumped our stuff in the room.

Niebüll is only about 10 miles from the Germany-Denmark border. I wanted to go to Denmark so I could say I’d been there, but it didn’t fit in our schedule. From Niebüll, we ventured out to other towns in northern Germany.


We visited the island of Sylt, which is a very popular tourist destination in the summer. While we were there, we had a little bit of sunshine, a little bit of hail, a lot of wind, and torrential rain. Most of us were prepared for the elements, except for when we got caught outside in the hail. When we were on the northern tip of the island, we were actually farther north than the Germany-Denmark border.

I can see why tourists flock to Sylt. There were lots of cute shops, a beautiful landscape, and sandy beaches. Here are some of the photos from our time on Sylt!


Enjoying the brief moment of sunshine and trying not to blow away!


Wishing it was warm enough to go for a swim!

In the town of Husum, we had several presentations from people who work for the state government in their departments related to environmental and energy policy.


We visited a town called Tönning, where we went to a visitor center/museum for the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park. It was cool to learn about the national park and to see what is being done to protect this area of the North Sea!


Our last adventure from Niebüll was to a small town called Dagebüll, where we got to walk along a dike between the North Sea and the town. If the dike wasn’t there, there would be much less land. It was interesting to learn about the history and ethics behind building dikes. While in Dagebüll, we met up with the family of one of our professors, where we spent the afternoon painting! It was a great change of pace, and a test of our artistic abilities. I think everyone surprised themselves with their paintings. I painted a field and some windmills, a common mark on the landscape in the northern part of the country.


Loving the sunshine in Dagebüll!


Shortly before I decided to step foot in the North Sea


The view opposite the sea: golden grass, cute homes, and wind turbines dotting the landscape


Some of the masterpieces created by our group


My attempt at recreating one of our views out the bus window on our way into Dagebüll



Leaving Niebüll at sunrise

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for more posts. Next stop: London!


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