When Is the Best Time
Helgoland is a fantastic year-round destination with stunning wildlife to view. However, there are some very special months.
The best time to visit Helgoland (Heligoland) is from November to April. During that period the tourist crowds are at their lowest compared to late spring, summer, and fall.
During the bird migrations in spring and fall it turns into a birdwatcher’s paradise with an average of 250 bird species. Mid-June until early-July for about 2 weeks: The event is amazing and called ‘Lumensprung’. In the late afternoon the adult guillemot are attracting their youngsters to jump into the ocean from a 40m+ height. The exact time in June can be predicted each year from April on. November/December until January: Horsehead Seals give birth to their young, which is just spectacular: Heligoland Seals
Stay past 4 PM / overnight. Even during summer it thins out after 4 PM as the crowds of daytime visitors are gone. This way you can experience the real magic of this beautiful island. Stay at least 2-3 days and book a hotel or a B&B.
The weather is influenced by the Gulf Stream. Bright, not too hot summers and mild winters. In November/December it’s actually the warmest place in Germany. However, in some winters there is even a chance of snow. The quieter months in terms of tourist crowds are November/December until April.
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Where and Tips
Helgoland (English: Heligoland) is an offshore island. The only one in Germany. Most tourist crowds dissipate after 4 PM. You may spot guillemot, gannets, seagull etc. On the dune island, you can see harbor seals as well as the horsehead seals from a very close distance.