Neuwerk is an Island in the North Sea off the coast of Germany.
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.
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.
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.
- lighthouse. doubles as a small hotel. You can climb up to a small lookout atop the lighthouse even if you don't stay there and enjoy the view of the island and the sea around it. As it was built from 1300 to 1310 the lighthouse is technically the oldest building "in Hamburg" (Neuwerk being administratively part of the city) as no older building remains in mainland Hamburg due to a fire in the 19th century and the devastation of World War II.
Cash is the name of the game. Even some hotels don't accept credit or debit cards.
Water is usually potable and brought from the mainland (originally via tanker now through a pipeline)
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.
- Hus achtern Diek, ☎ +49 4721 29076, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. They also have an on-site restaurant single from 51€ double from 91€.
- Hotel Nige Hus, ☎ +49 4721 29561. single 51€-79€ (depending on length of stay) double 79€ to 129€.