Schiermonnikoog is sixteen kilometers long and four kilometers wide. It has a pleasant village which is also called Schiermonnikoog. This village was built around 1760. Half of all the plants and flowers mentioned in the Dutch flora guide, can be found on the island of Schiermonnikoog. The largest part of this diverse island is a nature reserve with an attractive mix of dunes, beaches, forests, mudflats and polders. Peace and quiet are therefore natural.
The island is "car-free"; that means only the islanders are allowed to use their cars. Visitors leave their car in the parking lot in the Groningen, Lauwersoog, from where the boat leaves. From the dune tops on Schiermonnikoog you can see the provinces of Friesland and Groningen in good weather. The distance is not large, boating takes fifty minutes. This is also the reason why many people, especially in spring and autumn, go for a day or a weekend to Schiermonnikoog.
The extensive network of hiking, biking and riding trails invites the vacationer to enjoy the area actively. Bikes are for rent everywhere. In the summer, of course, the wide beach and the sea are the biggest public attractions. A reassuring thought for parents with young children is the fact that a part of the wide beach is supervised in the high season. Schiermonnikoog is known as bird island among nature lovers. Even in the tourist season, there are more birds than people.
But Schiermonnikoog also has much to offer in culinary terms: in the village with the same name there is, active recreation day after a day, there are plenty of places to dine and enjoy a glass of wine. As a guest of Koningskaars, you can make free use of the excellent facilities at the adjacent Beach Resort Schier includinh an indoor pool and indoor and outdoor saunas.
The location is ideal: within walking distance of the village and near the beach. It will not surprise you that Schiermonnikoog has annually both in summer and in winter a very high capacity utilization. Every year around 400,000 visitors come to the Wadden island.
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