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ugelbake, Lower Saxon Wadden Sea National Park, Nationalpark Niedersaechsisches Wattenmeer, Wattenmeer, Wadden Sea, Cuxhaven, Germany,

Fotoeins Friday: Cuxhaven’s Kugelbake tower by Wadden Sea

This is where the mighty Elbe river empties to the North Sea. At the western shoreline of the river’s mouth stands the 30-metre high Kugelbake wood tower, marking the most northern point for the German state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) and providing a navigation aid for ships sailing into the port of Hamburg. First built in the early part of the 18th-century, versions of the tower have seen big ocean waves, flooding, and the ravages of war. The present version of the Kugelbake, built in 1924, is the landmark and symbol for the city of Cuxhaven, next to the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

As a part of my year-long RTW, I made the photo on 3 January 2013 with the Canon 450D (XSi), EF-S 18-55 IS II zoom-lens, and the following settings: 1/250s, f/5.6, ISO400, and 32mm focal length (51mm full-frame). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

8 Responses to “Fotoeins Friday: Cuxhaven’s Kugelbake tower by Wadden Sea”

  1. CrazyChineseFamily

    Another thing I did not even know about. There are so many sights around germany I have no clue about, would be interesting to know what there is all here in Schlewswig-Holstein!

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Timo. Granted Cuxhaven is known for its beaches and proximity to the North Sea, and visiting in early January was always likely going to show a different face than what one would see in the summertime. I learned about the Kugelbake online, and I knew I had to go see it, especially as it marks the point where the Elbe meets the North Sea. Among many things, I am also a big geek for geography and geology. I admit I’ve always been interested in seeing more of Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, especially the entire coastal regions bordering the Nordsee and Ostsee.


    • CrazyChineseFamily

      I am mostly intereste here in the history of those Halligen. It is just very interesting that everything was still land before the big flood few hundred years ago. 🙂

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Timo. Richtig gesagt! Aber wahr ist, ich habe nicht gewusst, dass die zehn kleine Nordsee-Inseln Halligen heisst. Ich hätte doch gegoogelt 😉 Ich bin nun aber interessiert dafür!

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    • CrazyChineseFamily

      Yes, the little islands alre called Halligdn (the ones which get flooded few times a year and where the houses are standing on hills). In sixth grade we had a class trip for week on a Hallig, it was a pretty interesting lifestyle there 🙂


    • fotoeins

      Hi and thanks, Nancie. I made this photo in early January (2013), and I forgot to wear a good hat to cover my ears from the strong northerly breeze. That was really dumb 🙂 Like all beach locales, I’d expect this place to be packed in the summer. I’d really like to see more of the North Sea and Baltic Sea coastlines in the summer. Thanks again for your kind comment!


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