Allergy sufferers really don’t have an easy life. It's hard to enjoy your vacation with watering eyes and runny nose. Nowadays, when the air is so polluted the allergens can be found everywhere, starting with the grass pollen ending with dust, not to mention the mold, which can be found even in five star hotels. So how to rest comfortably, when there’s so many threats around?
There’s a place, where people with allergies can feel safe and literally breathe deeply. This place is on the German island of Borkum, which was the first island in Europe to win the certificate of the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF).
Clean air in Borkum
Borkum is the largest of the archipelago lying in the North Sea - East Frisian Islands. It’s part of the the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park, covering an area of almost 31 square kilometers. Nature lovers will be amazed with the abundance of flora and fauna living in these areas. On the reef, you can see seals basking lazily, and the whole island is covered with approx. 560 different species of plants - including endemic orchids growing in freshwater ponds.
Allergy sufferers can spend a carefree holiday, without fear of exposure to pollution. They have over 2 thousands accommodation places at their disposal in hotels and guesthouses. The rooms are cleaned regularly with specialist equipment fitted with filters, moreover, there are no carpets which very often are a huge source of allergens. The mattresses are specially tailored to the needs of guests, and on request you can get protective covers for bedding. It’s forbidden to take pets to the guesthouses, it’s also absolutely forbidden to smoke there.
Advantages of Borkum
The island has only one town, which bears the same name. Borkum is a spa that attracts tourists with extremely clean air with a large dose of iodine. The beaches are sandy and long, inviting for relaxing walks. During the trek you can see three lighthouses - electric, new and old one.
One of the many strengths of the largest of the East Frisian Islands is an extremely wide SPA offer. In Aquapark "Gezeitenland" you can indulge in thalassotherapy – the therapy based on all the blessings of the sea, from the algae through the mud, ending with the brisk breeze and microclimate.
From 2011 Borkum has a ropes course, where you can get rid of the excess of energy. The island is cut by many bike paths, which is another encouragement for active recreation. There’s also a youth hostel and bakeries, perfectly thriving shops, cafes and beauty salons. Each point of service meets the strict requirements of ECARF.
Train to the paradise Allergy Sufferers
Borkum is famous not only for the offer tailored to the needs of clients struggling with allergies, but also for island railway Borkumer Kleinbahn. It’s 7.5 km long and runs from the port Borkum Reede to the train station Nordseeba.
To Borkum you can get by a ferry from Emden (catamaran course lasts 1.5 hours, while the ferry - 2.5 hours). You also can get there from Eemshaven after an hour ferry ride. Tickets cost approx. 35.80 euros (in both directions) and can be used within 2 months. Those, who want to take a car to the island will pay - depending on the size of the vehicle - from 74.70 to 163 euros.
Campsites in Germany - Borkum
In the very center of the island there’s a Insel-Camping-Borkum. In 2015, it will be opened from 14.03 to 31.10. Per parking space for a motorhome you have to pay from 6.80 to 12.80 euros, while an adult accommodation costs from 4,40 to 8,40 euros. 1 kWh costs 0.75 euro.
During your holidays on Borkum you have to necessarily try dishes served in Geflügelhof (traditional restaurants). Together with the wonderful climate and views of the North Sea the place ensures unforgettable holidays.