Harle (river)

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Wittmund Harle 2009.JPG
The Harle near Wittmund
Country Germany
Location Lower Saxony
Physical characteristics
River mouth North Sea
53°42′N 7°49′E / 53.7°N 7.82°E / 53.7; 7.82Coordinates: 53°42′N 7°49′E / 53.7°N 7.82°E / 53.7; 7.82
Length 35.7 km (22.2 mi) [1]
Basin features
Basin size 198 km2 (76 sq mi) [1]

The Harle (in its upper course: Norder Tief) is a river in the district of Wittmund in East Frisia, a historic region in North Germany. Its entire course is within the borough of Wittmund and it discharges near Harlesiel through a Siel, a sluice in the dyke, into the North Sea. Near the village of Willen two headstreams Nordertief and Südertief join to form the Harle. Both tributaries are streams that originate in moor depressions in the neighbouring borough of Aurich.

The Harle runs eastwards past the town of Wittmund and then flows in meanders in a northerly direction. It passes Carolinensiel and discharges through a lock and a scoop wheel into Harlesiel Harbour and from there into the North Sea.

The Harle is popular with tourists for rowing and, in the harbours of Carolinensiel and Harlesiel, for boats and ferries. Harlesiel is a ferry port for trips to the island of Wangerooge.


  1. ^ a b Environmental map service of Lower Saxony (Umweltkartendienst des Niedersächsischen Ministeriums für Umwelt, Energie und Klimaschutz)
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