Every once in a while, we enjoy the opportunity to get away from it all and plant the embark.org flag in a serene, secret location that the tourists of the world haven't littered with tour pamphlets, single-use shampoo, and fast food wrappers. We've found it in a place we least expected to: Germany.
An island of rolling sand dunes and sun-specked beaches in the Wadden Sea, this is the place to get away from the world and truly feel like it. The villages are small, the people kind, the attractions are simple (a lighthouse, a maritime museum, etc.), and you'll have a chance to see numerous endangered species in this officially protected area.
Just a hop, skip, and jump from Denmark, you'll find yourself wandering the 15 km dune-swaddled beach of Kniepsand if you plan to ignore the dating profile irony of windy, romantic walks in the sand. You'll also get a good workout heading up the 300 steps to the best view on the island, the Amrum lighthouse, or the mudflat hikes through Schleswig-Holstein Wattenmeer National Park. Just do us a favor. Keep this little gem of a destination between us.