Last Updated on 15/03/2023
The North Sea in this part is called Wattenmeer. This is such a sea-swamp – the ebb tide goes far, leaving a minimum amount of water and the ability to walk on the sand for kilometers. With its soothing blue landscape, the Wadden Sea will provide you with the ultimate escape from reality. I have never seen a more relaxing place. However, there is also something to see here.
Adjacent map of Schleswig-Holstein
Everything important that you can see in the region – with notes and links.
- 1 – top
- 2 – very good, although not so well known
- 3 – good for a short vacation or a layover. Several medium-level interesting places
- 4 – local or specific, not for everyone
Marks without brackets – I was there. With brackets – I wasn’t there. Of course, the grades are subjective.
The watt is visible on the map – gray shading.
1. Hamburg attractions
I will rate Hamburg as 1 at least for its originality and an extensive program to visit, although during the 3 hours that we were in it, we did not have time to like it – there is too little time in too big a city.
Half of the attractions are related to water:
the maritime museum link
the port museum link
the museum harbor (historical ships, some of which can be visited, in particular the steam icebreaker Stettin),
museum ships (Soviet submarine, 19th century sailing ship Rickmer Rickmers).
Speicherstadt – warehouse area of the late 19th century on wooden foundations (UNESCO).
The architecture of the center is mostly modern, although there are also relatively old ones.
A small quarter of old houses – a place where widows were settled, – Kramer Witwen Wohnung.
Quarter with fishermen’s houses and villas located on a hillside along the Elbe, – Treppenviertel (only a few five thousand steps), located 10 km from the city center.
Another non-center area with a small castle and historic buildings – Bergedorf.
But in general, look for the old architecture in the nearby cities.
Of the old churches, there is the church of St. Katerina (13th century).
From St. Nikolas, preserved ruins were left after the bombing.
From the church of St. Michael, you can see the city above, even in the evening.
A lot of museums. In addition to the already mentioned marine themes, also, for example:
the Museum of Labor (Museum der Arbeit) – about different professions and industries link
Museum of Emigration to America,
museum of illusions link,
chocolate museum Hachez link,
automobile (rare models, prototype), police and customs,
donjon (entertained in the catacombs, frightening in every possible way) link
– and this is not the whole list.
We should also especially mention the miniature world of Miniatur Wunderland – models of railways and everything around them. link
Lovers of technology from 14 years old can sign up for a tour of the assembly workshop of Airbus (https://werksfuehrung.de).
For nature lovers:
the Hagenbeck zoo (high price – until I understood how it differs from other, cheaper leading German zoos, for the better),
a recreation and amusement park with a botanical part and greenhouses – Planten un Blomen link.
Outside the center – Wildpark Schwarze Berg. There is also an open-air museum Freilichtmuseum am Kiekeberg (about 40 houses) link and rope park.
About the Kiekeberg museum.
For entertainment – several small thermal pools, several rope parks around the city, a center for jumping on trampolines.
2. Stade, Buxtehude
Both cities with historical centers.
The Stade also has a small open-air museum, a history museum and a small castle. Museum ship. Remains of the fort (5 km from the city). Thermal pool.
About Stade – on a separate page.
From Stade in the direction of Hamburg – fruit plantations (if not lying – 18 million trees), which appeared there thanks to the Dutch settlers in the 13th century. Thus, with the help of canals and plantings, they ennobled the swamps along the Elbe. In the spring, all 18 million should bloom well – an online bloom barometer is available to track bloom status.
3. Otterndorf, Belum, Wingst
Otterndorf – Old city. Thermal pool. Museum of dolls.
Belum – Natureum (about local nature, local animals) link
Wingst – zoo, playground, summer toboggan run.
Nearby hanging ferry Schwebefähre Osten – Hemmoor
North sea Germany. Lower Saxony
A large seaside resort with an extensive harbor and everything that comes with it: a fish market, excursion boats, a museum lighthouse ship, a maritime museum (link), a couple of lighthouses in the vicinity.
There is a small zoo in the spa park.
Swim besides the sea: heated outdoor pools and a thermal pool in Duhnen.
Adventure minigolf in Duhnen. Rope park in Sahlenburg
Bad Bederkesa – archaeological museum in Burg Bederkesa and thermal bath
Aeronauticum Nordholz – aircraft museum link
Lighthouse Dicke Berta on the outskirts of Cuxhaven
The port city with a observation point at the container port and visitor center at the cruise terminal.
Historic harbor and historic ships, including a submarine from the end of World War II, steam icebreaker, trawler, Seute Deern barque, Alexander Humboldt barque (if it is not in sea).
Thermal bath, adventure golf, rope park.
Friesengolf with sheep as obstacles link. Mill.
Museum of the Navy Marinemuseum link. Aquarium.
8. Jever, Wittmund, Carolinensiel
Jever – old town, castle. Firefighter Museum. Brewery Museum. Farm museum
Wittmund – old mill. Zeppelin Museum
Werdum – pet zoo with rare breeds
Wangerland – thermal bath
Hooksiel – museum Phänomania (something so scientific for kids)
Seal rescue station link. Museum dedicated to the cetaceans Waloseum.
Tea Museum. Mills. Museum of Cars and Toys.
Thermal pool. Entertaining golf. Labyrinth.
Park at Lütetsburg Schloss (palace without visiting).
Zoo in the neighboring village – Birgits Tiergarten
10. Aurich, Wiesmoor
Aurich – rope park. Energy Museum (EEZ). New thermal pool
Wiesmoor – Blumenreich flower park with a questionable price-performance ratio. Adventure golf
3 museum ships. Maritime Museum. Historical and Cultural Museum of East Frisia (including the armor room).
Museum of the comedian Otto.
Volkswagen production tours (by appointment –www.volkswagen.de/de/unternehmen/werkbesichtigung/emden.html)
Museum Harbor. The oldest steam ship in Germany.
Delfzijl – aquarium-museum,
Appingedam – old town,
Winschoten – large rose garden.
Fontana Bad Neuweschans – thermal pool.
13. Papenburg and Emstal
Papenburg – shipyard of large ocean liners Meyer Werft. Visitor center and excursions to the shipyard link. Open-air museum. Mills.
Surword – summer toboggan run and rope park
Haren – amusement park Schloss Dankern, recreational water playground (slides, cannons, etc.), adventure golf
Sögel – hunting palace of the electors Clemenswerth
Dörpen – museum of paper Papierwelt
Boutanage – fort.
Slagharen – amusement park.
Emmen – zoo
14. Friesoythe, Cloppenburg
Friesoythe – zoo Thüle. Museum railway. Rope park.
Cloppenburg – one of the largest and oldest open-air museums with over 50 houses from the 16th to the 20th centuries Museumsdorf Cloppenburg link
15. Oldenburg, Bad Zwishenahn and around
Oldenburg – the palace with the museum of the region. Thermal pool. Rope park.
Bad Zwishenahn – a small open-air museum of 17 houses. Park der Gärten. Big lake
Westerstede – rhododendron park Hobbie
Wiefelstede – rhododendron park Grinstede. Football golf. Rope park
Jade – zoo and simple amusement park Jaderpark
Rastede – adventure golf, farm museum
16. Bremen and around
More details about Bremen on a separate page.
A small historic center with a statue of Roland and the Bremen Town Musicians. The original architecture of non-central quarters.
Rhododendron park. Botanica – a greenhouse of questionable price-quality ratio
Science Museum Universum.
The Übersee Museum is a natural science and ethnographic museum.
Delmenhorst – thermal pool, museum railway.
Stur – rope park
17. Verden (Aller) and around
Verden – small old town, German horse museum, thermal pool, rope park. Amusement Park and Fairy Tale Park – Magic Park
Bruchhasen-Vilsen – museum railway, old town, mills, automobile museum Asendorf
Dörverden – Wolfcenter with groups of wolves of different species link
18. Walsrode and around
Walsrode – large bird park with flowers, bird shows Weltvogelpark link. Small open-air museum Heidemuseum
In the vicinity:
rope park and football golf, ostrich farm
Hodenhagen – Serengetipark Safari link
Amusement park Heidepark. Thermal pool. Outlet
1 – august /3
20. Lüneburger Heide
The wooded and swampy Luneburg Heath attracts primarily with flowering heather (blooms in August) and local sheep.
Schneverdingen – the opportunity to look at the blooming heather and local sheep, without going deep into the wasteland.
Lauenbrück – zoo Landpark
Buchholz – butterfly park, adventure golf
Firefighter Museum Feuerwermusem Marxen
Hanstedt – Wildpark
Egestorf – Barefoot park Barfußpark
Bispingen – Snow Dome indoor ski slope. Ralph Schumacher Kart Center. House upside down – Verrücktes Haus.
Iserhatsche is a specific hunting palace of the early 20th century, different collections – conflicting reviews.
Thermal pool in Aqua Mundo Centerpark
Munster – tank museum Panzermuseum link
Wietzendorf – thermal pool, adventure golf
Müden – Wildpark
Uelzen – old town. Hundertwasser station. Thermal pool
Suderburg – open-air museum Museumdorf Hösseringen (26 houses)
Bad Bevensen – spa town, thermal pool. Rope park
Old city. Beer Museum, Salt Museum. Wasserturm observation deck.
There is a rope park in the neighboring town.
Picturesque old town on the Elbe, the largest ensemble of protected old houses in Schleswig-Holstein, old mailboxes. Museum mill.
Steam ship and other ships for sailing on the Elbe.
Elevator for ships Schiffshebewerk Schamebeck.
Rope park Kletterwald Geestnacht.
Small zoo Tierpark Krüzen.
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