Being the smallest of these islands, there is only one small village on this island. However, if you enjoy nature and don't mind the absence of any real night life, Schiermonnikoog is possibly the most beautiful of them all.
A ferry runs several times a day from Lauwersoog in the Hogeland region, the schedule can be found on the website of operator Wagenborg. You pay only for the trip to the island, you don't have to pay again for the return trip - since there is only one ferry service, everyone on the boat back is assumed to be their customer anyways! Bus lines 50 to/from Leeuwarden and 163 to/from Groningen connect with most ferries departures and arrivals, schedules can be found at http://9292.nl/en.
Except for residents with a special permit, cars are not allowed on Schiermonnikoog! By far the best option is to use a bicycle. You can either take one with you on the ferry or rent one when you arrive (pre-booking available on http://www.fietsenverhuurschiermonnikoog.com/, select "Veerdam" as a pickup location), they are affordable and decent quality. The island is not very big anyway, so getting around by bike will not be a problem. A few bus lines [dead link] connect the village of Schiermonnikoog with arriving/departing ferries, and run only every few hours.
Maps and information on where to stay can be obtained at the VVV Schiermonnikoog (tourist office), Reeweg 5 (www.vvvschiermonnikoog.nl).
- 1 Conch museum, Martjeland 14, ☏ . 15:00 – 17:00 & 20:00 – 22:00. Conchs and other maritime animals from the beaches of the island Adults € 2,00, Children (-12) € 1,00.
While staying here, you will probably spend some time at the beach.
During low tide, you can (and should!) cycle to the uninhabited eastern part of the island and back in one day. This part of the island is continuously growing and shrinking throughout the years due to the interplay of sand deposits and erosion, resulting in a very typical vegetation consisting mostly of pioneer plants. The first part of the trip has a good bicycle path, the second (perhaps most beautiful) part doesn't, and can only be explored at low tide. And even at low tide, you'll probably have to walk part of the way if you want to get all the way to the eastern point...
- 1 Kwalitaria De Halte, Reeweg 4, ☏ . Depending on the season. Dutch snacks and ice-cream
- 2 Strandpavillon De Marlijn, Prins Bernhardweg 2, ☏ . from 10:30 kitchen 11:00 – 16:30 kitchen may close early on slow or rainy days.
- 1 Toxbar, Reeweg 7, ☏ . Café/Terace Mo – So from 10:00 Disco: Sa from 21:00 July + August Mo – Su from 21:00. The only discotheque on the island
- 1 Hotel van der Werff, Reeweg 2, ☏ , , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Room with breakfast € 52,50,.
- 2 Pension Westerburen, Middenstreek 32, ✉ email@example.com. room with breakfast € 33.
- 3 Herberg Rijsbergen, Knuppeldam 2, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. single from € 56; double from € 82, triple from € 114; quadruple from € 140.
- 4 Hotel Restaurant Ambrosijn, Langestreek 13, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com.
- 5 Hotel Graaf Bernstorff, Reeweg 1, ☏ , , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 6 Hotel Duinzicht, Badweg 17, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com.
- 7 Camping "Seedune", Seeduneweg 1, ☏ . 1.4. – 1.10. adults € 6,80; children (-10) € 4,20; tent € 3,00, folding tent € 4,00; one time environmental charge € 1,00; reservation fee € 5,00.
- 8 Camping-Bauernhof "De Branding", Heereweg 2, ☏ .