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I visited Schiermonnikoog several times













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Schiermonnikoog

Introduction
Schiermonnikoog is one of the five inhabited barrier-islands (or Wadden-islands) in the north of the Netherlands, on the "inner" (south and east) side touching the Wadden-Sea and on the "outer" (north and west) side touching the North Sea. Schiermonnikoog has a maximum length and width of about 17 and 5 kilometers, respectively. The population stands at about 1,000. Politically, the island is a community inside the province of Friesland.

Climate
Schiermonnikoog has a moderate climate with precipitation in all seasons, like the climate of the rest of Northwestern Europe. During the summer months, the amount of sunshine is substantially higher than on the adjoining mainland, whereas the average temperature is slightly lower.

Landscapes
The landscape consists of one sandy beach over the entire length of the north of the island, sand dunes, salt marches and woodland. There is a relatively large cultivated polder in the south-west. The "civilized world" covers about one third of the surface and is restricted to the western parts, including a beautiful village with many traditional houses. Bike paths run to the east until the so-called "Kobbe-Dunes" about half way the island; further to the east you can only walk and often need boots.

People, economy
Schiermonnikoog has been inhabited for centuries. Throughout the centuries, the people have never been able to live from their limited amount of land. And so, other income sources were fishing and wrecking. Some islanders - especially in the 18th century - were active on the merchant fleet and whaling fleet.

Travel and tourism
On Schiermonnikoog you can walk, cycle (dozens of kilometers of bike paths!), watch flowers and birds and seals or just relax. There is an interesting visitor center in the village. There is plenty of accommodation in many price classes. For tourist visits, see http://www.vvvschiermonnikoog.nl/ .
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