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East Friesland

East Friesland is a paradise for cycling and water sports, with a fascinating variety of churches, windmills and lighthouses. Pictures on this page include the church of Suurhusen – which leans at a greater angle than the famous tower of Pisa! – together with the picturesque fishing village of Greetsiel, and the distinctive lighthouse at Pilsum.

The Wadden Sea (Wattenmeer in German) lying between the coast and the Frisian Islands has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tidal flats and wetlands ensure that this habitat is rich in biological diversity.

Norden features in The Riddle of the Sands, which is a pioneering 1903 spy novel set among the tides of these potentially treacherous Frisian waters: this genre was developed subsequently by Buchan, Fleming, le Carré and others.

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