On Juist, you’re often alone with the screeching seagulls, the wild sea and the howling winds. Forest, brambles and elderberry bushes blanket large sections of the snake-shaped island, which is 17km long and only 500m wide. The only ways to travel around are by bike, horse-drawn carriage or on your own two feet.
One peculiarity of Juist is the idyllic Hammersee – a bird sanctuary and the only freshwater lake on all the islands (no swimming allowed). In 1651 Juist was torn in two by a storm tide, but in the early 20th century it was decided to close off the channel with dunes, eventually creating a freshwater lake.