Borkum Island is a municipality in Germany's Lower Saxony state (Leer District) with population around 5,000. The island is located west of Juist Island (Niedersachsen's/ Lower Saxony's Aurich District) and east of Rottumeroog Island (Holland-owned uninhabited isle part of West Frisian Islands, Wadden Sea). Juist Island is located between three German islands - Borkum (west), Norderney (east) and Memmert (southwest).
Borkum Island has highest elevation point 6 m (20 ft), length 10 km (6 mi), max-width 7 km (4 mi) and total area approx 31 km 2 (12 mi2), making it the largest of Ostfriesische Inseln (East Frisian Islands). The island is bordered by Westerems Strait (west, forms the Germany-Netherlands border), Osterems Strait (east), North Sea (north) and Wadden Sea (south). Borkum was formed in 1863 by merging two isles previously separated by shallow water. The island's shape and position change due to the strong sea currents. Since the early-20th-century, people try to limit the sea impact (especially storm surges) through structural measures, particularly extensive bank reinforcements on the western coast - including 35 stone walls (groynes) and a beach wall (at Sudbad Beach).
As cruise port, Borkum was included in the 2021 schedule of the TUI-owned German brand Hapag-Lloyd Cruises with the ships Hanseatic Inspiration (May 2021) and Hanseatic Nature (October 2021). Next tables show the ships' itineraries visiting Borkum.
(Hanseatic Inspiration) 5-day from Travemunde to Hamburg (from USD $3000 pp with double occupancy)
|Date / Time||Port|
|12 May 22:00||Departing from Travemunde-Lubeck, Germany|
|13 May||Kiel Canal, Germany|
|14 May 09:30 - 19:00||Oudeschild, Texel Island Holland|
|15 May 08:00 - 16:00||Borkum Island, Germany|
|16 May 06:00 - 16:00||List auf Sylt, Sylt Island, Germany|
|17 May 07:00||Arriving in Hamburg, Germany|
(Hanseatic Nature) 9-day from Hamburg to Leixoes-Oporto (from USD 5220 pp)
|Date / Time||Port|
|30 Sep 18:00||Departing from Hamburg, Germany|
|01 Oct 08:30 - 13:00||Borkum Island, Germany|
|02 Oct 13:30 - 03 Oct 13:00||Ghent, Belgium|
|04 Oct 13:00 - 19:00||Cowes, Isle of Wight, England|
|05 Oct||Herm Island, Channel Islands UK|
|07 Oct 07:00 - 17:00||Santander, Spain|
|09 Oct 07:00||Arriving in Leixoes-Oporto, Portugal|
Driving cars on Borkum is permitted everywhere during the off-season, but during the summer cars are not allowed in several zones. The island's only town is Stadt Borkum. Crossings to mainland-Germany and Holland are operated by regularly scheduled ferries linking with Emden Germany and Eemshaven (Groningen Netherlands). Borkumer Kleinbahn (railway) connects the yacht harbour/port (Borkum Reede) with Borkum Town. A signature tourist attraction is Gezeitenland (adventure water park with premium wellness facilities).
Booking.com has listed 109 hotels on Borkum Island, the best-rated and largest of which include Hotel Weisse Dune, Nordsee Hotel, Upstalsboom Seehotel, Strandhotel VierJahresZeiten, Rummeni, Bloemfontein (with horse stables), Strandhotel Hohenzollern, Inselhotel VierJahreszeiten. Numerous smaller hotels, villas, apartments, guesthouses and B&Bs are also available for rent.
Port Borkum Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Borkum Island, Germany. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|1 October, 2021|