Districts of Cuxhaven

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Districts of Cuxhaven Reviews

Kathrin_E Kathrin_E
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Districts of Cuxhaven Feb 14, 2017

Duhnen is the poshest of Cuxhaven’s suburbs with the highest price level. Built on the dunes (sic!) along the tideland coast, it has grown into a buy seaside resort. Big hotel and apartment blocks have been built right behind the dyke. The back streets have smaller houses. There are several camp grounds, and the youth hostel. Duhnen has the best and tackiest selection of souvenir shops a wide variety of restaurants and cafés, the beach stadium, the indoor spa (Ahoi-Bad), it is the centre of beach activities, sports events and everything touristy. Duhnen is the stating point of the majority of carriage rides to Neuwerk. The departure and the return of the Wattwagen on the ramp is an event worth watching. The sandy beach is well groomed but not entirely natural: additional sand has to be delivered after every winter. The beach promenade and the trail on top of the dyke both lead along the beach over to Döse and Kugelbake.

If you like being in the middle of action, Duhnen is the place for you. In case you prefer staying in quieter surroundings, though, you may want to make your base in one of the other districts.


Döse is an old village centered around the church of St Gertrud, which has medieval origins, and has grown into a large seaside resort. It stands in the shadow of its posher neighbour Duhnen – unjustified, though. After staying there during my second visit I consider Döse the most attractive and convenient among the beach districts. On the map, Döse occupies the triangle in the corner between Wattenmeer coast with its sandy beaches in the North and the Elbe shore of Grimmershörner Bucht in the East, with Kugelbake at the tip of the triangle. Döse has the centres of spa and health treatments, the Kurpark, restaurants and pubs and any kind of tourist infrastructure from Wattwagen operators and bike rentals to supermarkets and shops. Three bus lines connect Döse with Duhnen and with the town centre, station and port. There is plenty of holiday accommodation of all categories in walking distance from the beach. The part closest to Kurpark has some ugly large hotel and apartment blocks from the 1970s which look a bit gah. The side streets, though, have small nice-looking houses, and almost all of them offer rooms and apartments for rent in quiet surroundings. The sandy beach is busy but not as overrun as along Duhnen. The tidelands are sandy and solid and absolutely safe to walk on your own, provided you observe the usual safety rules concerning the times and the weather. Due to the vicinity to the Elbe mouth you can watch the ships passing close by.


Grimmershörn is closest to the town centre and has a more urban character than the other beach suburbs. Its oldest part near the port used to be the quarter where many sailors and their families lived – the name Lotsenquartier refers to the pilots (those who navigate ships not those who fly planes). Nowadays this pretty old quarter with mostly 19th century houses has become a cosy and upscale shopping area with restaurants and hotels. Its plus is its vicinity to both the centre and Alte Liebe and the ferry port. The areas further north towards Döse have lots of 19th century and art nouveau villas, many of which are guest houses and holiday apartments, and some larger hotels. The district has two churches built around 1900, the protestant one with its mights steeple is the more impressive one.

Grimmershörn has its own beach outside the dyke along the Elbe bay which has been named after the suburb. It is a “green” beach, i. e. covered in meadows. Here swimming is possible in the deep waters of the Elbe, unlike the sand beaches of Duhnen and Döse where the water is too shallow for real swimming even at high tide. Use the public bath in the bay which is roped off and guarded. Outside this protected area swimming is dangerous due to the strong currents in the river mouth and dense boat traffic. A walk on the dyke around the bay offers a fine view of the Elbe and the ships with Kugelbake in the background.


Stickenbüttel is a village in the marshland, surrounded by pastures where horses and cattle are grazing. It feels “off the beaten path” but actually is quite convenient if you are a budget-conscious traveller and want a quiet area to stay. You need your own transport, though, as bus connections are not too frequent. A bike will do. By bike you need hardly more than five minutes to reach Duhnen and the beach. Stickenbüttel has its own tourist office and more holiday apartments and private rooms than you’d expect. Prices are lower than in the beach districts.


Sahlenburg is the third beach suburb on the tideland coast, hence an alternative, especially for budget travellers, to Duhnen and Döse. Soahlenburg is a good option for families, camping, and generally low-key travel. Its disadvantage is the distance from central Cuxhaven and the attractions along the Elbe. There are bus connections into town but not too frequent, you'd want bicycles or a car. The area by the beach is the toruist quarter, further inland you find the old village and residential quarters. Sahlenburg has its own beach. The tidelands are solid and safe to walk here, too. However, the part outside the salt meadows between Sahlenburg and Duhnen is dangerously muddy and must be avoided. The way to Neuwerk, on foot or by horse-drawn carriage, is a few kilometres shorter than from Duhnen. Carriage tours starting from Sahlenburg are available, a branch of the "tideland highway" begins here. The tourist quarter by the beach has all the necessary infrastructure. The shallow sea outside Sahlenburg is popular for sailing; there is a huge "parking lot" for katamaran sailboats in the dunes.


Cuxhaven's centre extends between Kaemmererplatz and the end of the port basins, the train station, and Ritzebüttel castle. It is the busiest part of the town. Nordersteinstraße and its side streets are pedestrianized and the main shopping area - don't expect too much in terms of shopping, though, you'll find mostly the usual low-key chain shops. Anyway, they cover all everyday needs. The bus stop in Kaemmererplatz is idiot-proof-ly named "Centrum", there you are at the beginning of the shopping area and by the park and pond with the fountain, sailboat "Hermine" and the water tower. Around the square I spotted some nice art nouveau townhouses. The large modern building in the park hosts the public library.
Duhnen, beach
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