Heligoland guillemot rock

A paradise for sea birds

The rugged cliffs of Heligoland's guillemot cliffs are home to large populations of guillemots, kittiwakes and gannets. Every year in June, visitors experience a breathtaking natural spectacle there - the guillemot jump.

The Lummenfelsen of Heligoland magically attracts nature lovers and birdwatchers. With an area of about 1 hectare, the red mottled sandstone rock is Germany's smallest nature and bird sanctuary.

Nevertheless, it has the highest density of breeding birds in the country. Thousands of guillemots, kittiwakes and gannets live and breed among the jagged cliffs and crowd the narrow ledges. However, Guillemot Rock is also home to fulmars and razorbills. All of these seabirds are found only on Heligoland throughout Germany.


Guillemot jump - the big flutter

Every year in June a special natural event causes a sensation on the guillemot rock - the guillemot jump. The chicks of thousands of guillemots dare to jump from the high rock into the North Sea. This spectacle attracts tourists from all over Europe to the island.


Best observation site

The guillemot rock is only 200 meters away from Heligoland's landmark, the "Lange Anna". The best view of the rocks and birds is from Heligoland "Oberland". Stairs and an elevator lead up from the landing stage of the passenger boats. A walk along the 2.8-kilometer cliff path takes you directly to the guillemot rock and Lange Anna.

Unique flora

On the Heligoland cliffs, inaccessible to sheep and other herbivores, the "Klippenkohl" (cliff cale) grows. This wild form of vegetable cabbage is found only on Heligoland.


Expert bird rights activists

The guillemot rock bird sanctuary is managed by the Jordsand Association. Expert conservationists observe and provide information about the animal and plant populations at the Heligoland lobster piers. The association also offers guided tours

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