Neuwerk Island in the Hamburg Wadden Sea National Park

Monday, 10 October 2011 - 02:24 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General, Hamburg, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, UNESCO World Heritage

Horse carriages in the Wadden Sea near Neuwerk Island © Geoz

Horse carriages in the Wadden Sea near Neuwerk Island © Geoz

Neuwerk (3 km², 39 inhabitants) is a Wadden Sea island on the German North Sea coast and a homonymous quarter of the city of Hamburg, Germany, in the borough Hamburg-Mitte. It is located northwest of Cuxhaven, between the Weser and Elbe estuaries, the distance to Hamburg’s center is about 120 km.

During low tide the island can be reached on foot or by horse carriages from Cuxhaven, at other times by ship. The smaller islands Scharhörn and Nigehörn close to Neuwerk are bird sanctuaries, closed to the public. All three islands and the Wadden Sea around them form the Hamburg Wadden Sea National Park.

Queen Mary II, seen from Neuwerk Island © Emma7stern Neuwerk Wadden © Geoz Lighthouse © Geoz Neuwerk Island © geo.hlipp.de - Carsten Pätz Neuwerk Firefighters building © Fire1223 Mudflat carriages 'Wattwagen' on the way to Neuwerk Island © Paul VanDerWerf MS Flipper II of the shipping line Cassen Eils at Neuwerk Pier © Wusel007 Elb Estuary with Neuwerk Island © Robert Gloth Horse carriages in the Wadden Sea near Neuwerk Island © Geoz
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Mudflat carriages 'Wattwagen' on the way to Neuwerk Island © Paul VanDerWerf
Since the Elbe river was vital to the Hanseatic League’s member Hamburg, in 1299 a 35 meter tower was built as lighthouse and protection against pirates. The lighthouse existing today was built between 1367 and 1369 after a fire destroyed the earlier one. It is Hamburg’s oldest existing building as well as Hamburg’s last fortification. In the early 20th century, tourism became important for Neuwerk.

Read more on hamburg-travel.com – Neuwerk Island, wattwagen-cux.de (German only), Haus Seeblick (German only), Hotel Nige Hus (German only), insel-neuwerk.de (German only), Hamburg Wadden Sea (German only), City of Cuxhaven (German only) und Wikipedia Neuwerk Island. Learn more about the use of photos. To inform you about latest news most of the city, town or tourism websites offer a newsletter service and/or operate Facebook pages/Twitter accounts. In addition more and more destinations, tourist organisations and cultural institutions offer Apps for your Smart Phone or Tablet, to provide you with a mobile tourist guide (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State). If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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