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The 80m-tall Lange Anna (Long Anna) rock on the island’s southwest edge is a compelling sight, standing alone in the ocean. There are also WWII bunkers and ruins to explore, and resurgent numbers of Atlantic grey seals. Cycling is not permitted on the tiny 4.2-sq-km island.

Helgoland is not part of the EU's VAT area, so many of the 1150 residents make their living selling duty-free cigarettes, booze and perfume to day-trippers who prowl the main drag, Lung Wai (long way), with its colourful houses. To swim, head to neighbouring Düne, a blip in the ocean popular with nudists.


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