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Otterndorf

Otterndorf is a small town by the mouth of the river Elbe, not far from Cuxhaven. It has a small but pretty old town. Otterndorf is the centre of Land hadeln, a region of historical interest with beautiful churches.

Updated February 17, 2017
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  1. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Otterndorf, Germany
    The town hall was built in 1583 upon order of the ruling Duke of Saxony-Lauenburg. The double staircase leads up to the main floor which now hosts the tourist information office on the right, and the hall for the town council. The cellar below is a r…
  2. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Otterndorf, Germany
    The parish church with its mighty roof and steeple sits over the roofs of Otterndorf like a hen assembling her chickens. It is by far the largest building in town. The church occupies the highest spot on the Wurt that hosts the old town. Its origins …
  3. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Otterndorf, Germany
    Otterndorf had its own Latin School, i.e. high school which prepared for university studies, in the early modern area - quite unusual for a town this small. Not only the citizens of the town but also the wealthy peasants of the villages in Hadeln wer…
  4. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Otterndorf, Germany
    The teacher, philologist and poet Johann Heinrich Voß (1751-1826) lived and worked in Otterndorf from 1778 and 1782. In addition to his work as headmaster of the Latin School he translated Homer’s Odyssey into German. Together with his wife Ernest…
  5. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Otterndorf, Germany
    The baroque Kranichhaus opposite the town hall is the highest building in town after the parish church, and the largest private house. It belonged to a wealthy merchant family, the models were probably found in Hamburg and other, wealthier Hanseatic …
  6. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Otterndorf, Germany
    The „Utröper“ – in high German „Ausrufer“ – was the bell man who, in times before the internet and mass media, served as the town’s “living newspaper”. He would walk the streets, ring his bell and announce all important news: weddi…
  7. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Otterndorf, Germany
    Otterndorf’s beach is what they call a “green” beach, in other words, a meadow outside the dyke. Paved paths for pedestrians and cyclists lead to the shore. Stairs lead down to the sea bottom over a paved slope. On the far end there is also a s…
  8. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Otterndorf, Germany
    The highest elevation within Otterndorf’s boundaries is the dyke on the Elbe shore. After refurbishments in the 1980s it now has a height of 8.30 metres. In the flat marshland this is almost alpine… The tidal hub is around 3-4 metres in the m…
  9. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Otterndorf, Germany
    Central Otterndorf has loads of holiday apartments, some inns and two hotels, the spa, some museums and sights – but the real holiday area is outside the town close to the beach, just behind the dyke. The old name Norderteil (“Northern Part”) n…
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