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IWSS Travel Info Tönning



Historical harbour and Wadden Sea flair

Natural and cultural experiences at the gate to the Eiderstedt peninsula

Scenery and Surroundings

Tönning, the picturesque town with a beautiful historical harbour, an old market place, and a church worth visiting marks the gate to the Eiderstedt peninsula in North Frisland. Its rather small size, the close location to the Wadden Sea and the varied, still visible history as seaport and trading town make Tönning a favourite destination for class trips.
The adjacent National Park offers many possibilities to get in touch with the Wadden Sea's unique nature. A visit to the Multimar Wattforum's exhibition and aquariums adds fascinating views into the underwater world.
Within reach of Tönning you can find St.Peter Ording with its broad beaches, the famous Westerhever lighthouse, Germany's only high sea island Helgoland, the “Storm-town” Husum or the fascinating landscape of the birdreserve “Katinger Watt", to name just some examples for favourite excursions. 


Modern Youth Hostel with 213 beds (in 4-bed-rooms) and fullboard. As “Environmental Study Place” the house offers special facilities such as an aquariumand a "water laboratory".

Getting there

By train via Husum to Tönning (traveltime from Hamburg about 2,5 h). The Youth Hostel is within walking distance (10 min).

Sample Programmes


1st day:
Pm: Arrival and first orientation. Evening walk and expedition in Tönning.

2nd day:
Am: Trip to the mudflats near Vollerwiek guided by the Hostel´s environmental educationalist. Pm: Studies of typical Wadden Sea organismsin the "water laboratory".

3rd day:
Am: Creative crafts with natural materials from the seashore (e.g. printing with feathers). Pm: Visit to the National Park VisitorCentre Multimar Wattforum.

4th day:
Day-trip to St. Peter-Ording (beach, dunes, possible visit to the Westküstenpark or swimming pool). Alternative: Trip to Helgoland, Husum or boat tour on the River Eider with fishing of marine animals. Multimedia-Quiz and farewell party in the evening.

5th day:
Departure after breakfast. Possible stop at Friedrichskoog Seal Station on the way back south by coach.


1st day:
Pm: Arrival and first orientation. Multimedia lecture on the Wadden Sea in the evening.

2nd day:
Am: Trip to the mudflats near Vollerwiek guided by the Hostel´s environmental educationalist. Pm: Studies of typical Wadden Sea organisms in the "water laboratory". Exciting town expedition in the evening.

3rd day:
Departure after breakfast. On the way back home visit to the National Park Visitor Centre Multimar Wattforum with discovery tour.

Tönning - Travel information


Getting There & Around

  • Train (DB, Nord-Ostsee-Bahn):
    From Germany: DB-group travel service
    t +49 18 05 - 99 55 11.
    Timetable - & fares:
    From Denmark:
    From The Netherlands
    Regional railway service:
  • Bike Rental Outlet:
    Diakonie Werkhof
    Neustadt 19
    D-25832 Tönning
    t +49 4861 - 61 75 70
    Please book the bicyles in advance!
  • Boat Trips

Tip: Book trains & busses well in advance for best group discounts!

Programme & Activities

IWSS programme

Tip: Ask the "Umweltstudienplatz" for an individual IWSS-programme!

Sightseeing in Tönning

  • Historical harbour
  • Castle grounds
  • Historical "Packhaus"
    Herrengraben 1
    t +49 4861 - 16 46
    Opens Di - Su:
    14.30 - 17.30h

Favourite Excursions

  • Husum ("Storm"-town, museums, National Park visitor centre)
  • St. Peter-Ording (beach, dunes)
  • Westerhever Lighthouse (saltmarshes, sandbank)
  • Flood barrage of the River Eider (guided tours)


  • Open air swimming pool (saltwater)
    Opens Mai - September,
    daily 10.00 - 19.00h
    t +49 4861 - 56 88

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