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The Lorenbahn

Just off the northwest coast of Germany, near the Denmark border, there are 10 unusual tiny islets called “halligs” just barely peeking out above Wadden Sea. Little-known outside the region, they make up the German portion of the North Frisian Islands. These forgotten mudflats are so low-lying they are continually flooded by the salty water, and some have even disappeared completely with the rising sea level.

One of the halligs, Nordstrandischmoor, is home to only 20 or so people. Up until 1934, these few residents were almost completely cut off from the rest of the world, as the surrounding sea is too shallow for boats to navigate. Then a long, stone dam was built up between the island and the mainland, and along with it, one of the strangest railways in Germany.

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