Cuxhaven, a beautiful town located on the North Sea, is regarded as a health resort town. So if you’re looking to kick back and relax, then this is definitely the place for you.
Beyond being a health resort town, it is also regarded as one of Germany’s most prominent fishing ports.
Your first stop on your trip should be the Countryfolk’s Cathedral, also known as the Bauerndom. The church has a beautifully decorated Baroque interior and also contains an organ by A. Wilde and Arp Schnitger.
You can’t afford to miss the fishing harbor and the fish market. You’ll get to experience all this fishing port has to offer by attending the fish auction at 7 A.M. Call ahead to confirm a guided tour is being offered on the day you want to attend.
The Kurpark Beacon is the next place you’ll want to visit. This is located in the Döse district. There is a large wooden spherical beacon located at the end of the long pier which serves as a landmark as well as a town symbol.
Don’t forget to check out the sea lion pool and bird meadow, too!
To get a feel for the background of the town visit the Lütt Shipping Museum. It boasts exhibitions of all kinds of nautical equipment and locally-made boats.
Something you won’t want to miss is the islands of Neuwerk and Scharhörn. You can reach Neuwerk various ways. Take a boat or if the water is low enough, you can take a horse-drawn carriage. :-) Or travel there by foot at low tide.
Neuwerk has a beautiful lighthouse which served as a defensive tower during the 13th and 14th centuries. It was converted to a lighthouse in the early 1800’s. To see amazing views of the area, climb to the top of the lighthouse. You can also visit the historic cemetery of nameless seamen while there.
After visiting Neuwerk, you may want to take a guided walk to Scharhörn. The island hosts a very high beacon as well as a beautiful seabird sanctuary that you won’t want to miss.
If you came to Cuxhaven, like many, for some rest and relaxation, then visit the seaside resort of Duhnen. The resort is just west of the town’s center and boasts a wonderful beach, an indoor wave pool, and of course, a spa facility.
After getting your massage at Duhnen, make a stop at the Puppet Museum. Children and adults alike love this museum which has theater puppets from various countries throughout the world.
If you’d like to gain even more historical knowledge of this seafaring town, visit the neo-classical Reyersches Haus. Built around 1780, this house hosts the Municipal Museum which provides an array of historical seafaring and shipping exhibits.
Or what about the exciting Wreck Museum. It is located in Cuxhaven’s Stickenbüttel district and provides a history on sea rescue as well as various items from shipwrecks.
All in all, this beautiful seafaring town will most certainly provide you with a place to rest and relax as well as to gain some interesting insight into an exciting fishing village and seaport.