Welcome to Borkum
The largest of the East Frisian Islands – which was once even larger before it was ripped apart by a flood in the 12th century – Borkum has a tough seafaring and whaling history. Reminders of those frontier times are the whalebones that you’ll occasionally see, stacked up side by side or as unusual garden fences. In 1830, however, locals realised that reinventing the island as a ‘seaside’ resort was a safer way to earn a living, and today many of its inhabitants are involved in the tourism industry in one way or another. Borkum is popular with German and Dutch families who rent houses here for their summer holidays.