Neuwerk

Neuwerk is an Island in the North Sea off the coast of Germany.

Understand

The lighthouse of Neuwerk, built 1310

While Neuwerk is administratively part of Hamburg, this is of little importance to most visitors, as it is both closer to and more easily reachable from Niedersachsen

Get in

By boat

There is regular ferry service to/from Cuxhaven (~one and a half hours one way). Booking in advance is very advisable. Neuwerk also has a small harbor that can accommodate small boats, but you should be familiar with National Park regulations as certain parts of the Wadden Sea are off limits even to boats.

On foot

As this island is close to the mainland and the seafloor is exposed during every low tide you can walk there to or from the mainland (~3 hours one way). This is only possible in guided hikes, due to safety and environmental concerns. There are no steep climbs (go figure), but the mud can slow you down and it can get quite windy. Outside of a few summer months fog is a major concern.

By horse drawn carriage

There are horse drawn carriages, called Wattwagen in German, that regularly make the trip to and from the island. This is the most scenic and probably also the most comfortable way of reaching the island. As cars are not allowed on the island and environmental protection laws are strict, Wattwagen are probably here to stay, even though they might remind you of a bygone "simpler" era.

Get around

As the island is small and (as common on German North Sea islands) has no cars, getting around is mostly done on foot. Unless you are mobility impaired this should be no problem as the island is small and relatively flat.

See

Buy

Cash is the name of the game. Even some hotels don't accept credit or debit cards.

Drink

Water is usually potable and brought from the mainland (originally via tanker now through a pipeline)

Sleep

There is a special tourism tax that is levied on top of the going rate per person per night The tax is one Euro per every fifty Euro the room costs. Below ten Euro, no tax is levied and below 25€ the tax is fifty cents.

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