Floods and pirates feature prominently in the story of Langeoog, whose population was reduced to a grand total of two following a horrendous storm in 1721. By 1830 it had recovered sufficiently to become a resort town.
The island boasts the highest elevation in East Frisia – the 20m-high Melkhörndüne – and the grave of Lale Anderson, famous for being the first singer to record the WWII song ‘Lili Marlene’. On a sunny day, however, the most popular thing to do is to stroll along the 14km-long beach. Langeoog is your best bet if you're looking for a quiet, day-return beach trip.