Cuxhaven Things to Do

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    Sailboat “Hermine”

    by Kathrin_E Written Aug 10, 2013

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    100 years ago wooden sailboats like this one did most of the cargo transport in the coastal areas of the North Sea. Technology advanced and they were abandoned. “Hermine” is a rare example of such a Schoner preserved. She was built in 1904 for captain Hinrich Bodenhagen who named the ship, as it was common in those times, after his wife. A few years later, however, he sold the ship to a new owner who renamed her “Emma” (guess what his wife’s name was). The vessel did her job as cargo transporter on the Elbe for some years until she was sold to Sweden in 1934. There she sailed among the isles until 1962. She ended up in miserable shape in some Swedish port whre she was rediscovered in the late 1970s. Then she was transferred to Hamburg in order to b restored for the museum port in Övelgönne. Her shape was too bad to ever see her on the seas again. In winter 1982 she sank in the ice. The wreck was rescued and finally brought to Cuxhaven. A project for long-term unemployed craftsmen restored the ship and she found a safe place on dry ground by the old fishing port basin in Cuxhaven’s centre.

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    Enjoy the Sunset

    by Kathrin_E Written Jun 8, 2009

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    The main beaches of Döse, Duhnen and Sahlenburg face northwest. The beach promenade and the stone dams are the perfect balcony to enjoy the sunset show over the mudflats. The colours and reflections are amazing.
    Bring a camera.

    Sunset over the mudflats The island of Neuwerk on the horizon
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    Feuerschiff Elbe 1

    by Kathrin_E Written Feb 28, 2008

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    The light vessel "Elbe 1" spent decades moored far out in the North Sea waters to show incoming ships the right way. It has been turned into a museum and is waiting for visitors next to Alte Liebe.

    Open Tuesday to Sunday 11.00-16.00 (not in winter)

    Light vessel On the top deck In the officers' mass, now used for civil weddings
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    "Alte Liebe" viewpoint

    by Kathrin_E Written Feb 28, 2008

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    The platform in the port area is perhaps the best place to observe the ships on the Elbe, as they are passing close by. The romantic name "Alte Liebe" (old love) derives from one of three old shipwrecks that were used as a foundation of the construction.

    Lighthouse next to Alte Liebe
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    Carriage rides to Neuwerk

    by Kathrin_E Written Feb 28, 2008

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    A ride in a horse-drawn carriage across 13 kms of dry sea bottom to the island of Neuwerk is the most amazing and unique experience Cuxhaven has to offer.

    The carriages make it to Neuwerk with one hour stay in the island and then back to Duhnen or Sahlenburg during one single low tide, which is impossible for pedestrians so don't try to walk both directions.

    The tours start every day from spring to autumn, if the weather allows. The hours change according to the tides. The tourist office provides a list of addresses but won't be of any help booking the tours - this has to be done directly with the stables. Book the tour at least one day in advance (check weather forecast), during peak season earlier.

    Please have a look at my travelogue page on the carriage ride to Neuwerk for more details and pictures.

    Carriage returning from Neuwerk Departure from Duhnen Meeting Point Departure from D��se Boarding
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    Guided tours in the mudflats

    by Kathrin_E Written Feb 28, 2008

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    Guided tours in the mudflats are a great way to learn more about the amazing variety of life in this delicate ecosystem. There are guided tours of all kinds, for kids, families, or adults, and even guided hiking tours across to the island of Neuwerk.

    Visit the tourist information office - there is one in each suburb - for details and times.

    Snail in the mudflats
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    Wattwandern - Walking the Mudflats

    by Kathrin_E Updated Feb 28, 2008

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    There is nothing more relaxing than a walk on the soft ground underneath a big big sky, feeling the wind and watching out for all those little animals that live in the mudflats - and, which is singular for Cuxhaven, watching the big ships entering or leaving the river Elbe.
    The mudflats are part of the "Nationalpark Deutsches Wattenmeer", thus a protected piece of nature.

    10-15 kms of dry sea bottom can be walked at low tide. The ground is solid, thus safe if you observe a few rules:

    1. Check the tide calendar, take a watch and observe the hours!!! The end of walking time the calendar states is the hour of the lowest tide. You've still got some time till the water returns, but get back to the land side of the last Priel soon.
    2. If the ground feels muddy or the water becomes too deep, turn around. Take care when crossing a Priel, the waterflows where the water leaves last and comes back first.
    3. Watch out where you walk. Broken shells have sharp corners, and some crabs might show a nasty sense of humour.

    Out in the mudflats Looking back to Duhnen Signpost at the big Priel Rescue cage. High tide goes up to the red line! Don't step on me!
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    Ship Watching

    by Kathrin_E Written Feb 28, 2008

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    The mouth of the Elbe is one of the world's most frequented water 'highways'. Ships both to/from Hamburg and to/from the Kiel Canal (Nord-Ostsee-Kanal) pass here.

    Huge container carriers, up to 350 metres long, pass close to Kugelbake and Cuxhaven port. These vessels ARE impressive!

    While the mudflats in front of the beaches fall dry, the Elbe river keeps enough water to allow these ships to travel. A 10 km long stone dam that begins next to the Kugelbake separates the mudflats from the river.

    Container vessel ... do ships travel on the dike? The stone dam between mudflats and river
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    Bike rides

    by Kathrin_E Written Feb 28, 2008

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    The countryside is a paradise for bike rides. A network of biking trails offers plenty of opportunities. The lush green marshland is flat, the geestland further inward has a few small hills. Perfect for families. The kids will love the grazing animals everywhere - horses, cows, sheep. The small villages have a lot of hidden treasures to discover.

    Bike rentals can be found at almost every street corner in Cuxhaven.

    Rent a bike and explore the countryside Half-timbered farmhouse Bike trail near Stickenb��ttel Bike trail near D��se Bike trail in the countryside
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    Trip to the Neuwerk island

    by nina_z Written Aug 8, 2006

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    There are many ways how to get to the Neuwerk island which can be seen just off the coast from Cuxhaven. You can ride a horse or a horse drwan carriage but my favourite is to walk on foot. You'll get information on when it is possible (time of the low tide) from the tourist information office or from a sign at the beach where the route begins. The whole walk takes about 2 hours, you follow the poles in the water and you onyl get wet up to your ankles. When there, enjoy a walk around the island, hire a bicycle, visit a cafe or a restaurant and then take a boat back to Cuxhaven.

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    Trip to the Helgoland island

    by nina_z Written Aug 8, 2006

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    I'd recommend a two day trip to this island in the rough nature of the North Sea. A boat leaves every day from Cuxhaven from the Alte Liebe harbour. The island is quite small in size but beautiful with steep cliffs on one side and a beach on the other. There are a lot of holiday houses to rent. Alcohol, sweets, cigarettes and perfumes are cheap here as it's a duty free zone.

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    Indoor swimming

    by nina_z Written Aug 8, 2006

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    Ahoi indoor swimming pool is a nice place to go when the weather gets cold. The water in the pool is salty like in the sea and they also do waves every 20 minutes in the big pool. Apart from the big pool, there's also one outdoor with warm water, another small indoor one with jacuzzis and an artificial waterfall and there's a water sidle too. There's also a sauna world in Ahoi with a number of saunas of different temperatures located indoors or in an outdoor sauna park.

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    Cute Houses

    by Nixter01 Written Jul 26, 2005

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    Like I said on my main page for Cuxhaven, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the shopping centre are all these pretty little 'Hansel & Grettle houses ( as I call them ) they are so cute, and pretty, its really worth walking down these cobbled streets, you get a feel of how they live, and the streets are so clean.

    Pretty houses tucked away
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    Cuxhaven mansion (or castle-house)

    by Pavlik_NL Written Aug 8, 2003

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    More from the coast at the other side of town, Cuxhaven has it's own castlehouse. Here is a small museum about hostorical facts in the environment and in the high season there can be medieval games. A visit can be nicely combined with walking from the harbour and/or beaches through the shoppingstreets.

    The castlehouse in Cuxhaven hiding in the green

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    Romantic as well as tragic place

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Aug 8, 2003

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    On the kays in Cuxhaven there is a special part called the "Alte Liebe" (old love). Here was the last place where familymembers could wave goodbye in the times that many germans (and other Europeans) went over the Atlantic to the New and Promissed Land. America was attracting many settlers and most Germans left their "Heimat" from Hamburg, either Cuxhaven on large ships across the ocean. Therefor this romanticaly called place is actually one of tragical farewells as only a few would later on meet again either in Europe or ... in America.

    Place of many forgotten tears: die Alte Liebe.

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