‘Blissfully unhurried’: hopping around Germany’s ‘forgotten’ islands

The Halligen Islands are so low-lying that high tides flood them each winter, but the laid-back inhabitants are more than equal to the challenge

‘And here are the beds,” said Alina, guide at the Kapitän Tadsen Museum, pointing to some tiny wooden cots built into the wall like cupboards. “They’re so short because the people slept sitting up.”

I raised an inquisitive eyebrow. “Well,” she said, “they thought that if they slept lying down, the devil might think they were dead and steal their souls.”

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