Cuxhaven is beautiful - even when leaving aside the usual tourist destinations like Duhnen and Döse. The old fishing port and the harbor have a maritime charm, but we begin our "tour" at the Schleusenpriel, where yacht and fishing boats used to be constructed. Now the dockyards have moved further outward; the Schleusenpriel is a gorgeous park full of colorful flowers.
The ship situated in front of our law office is the MS "Hermine", a two-masted schooner (Gaffelschooner) built in 1904 that used to carry bulk cargo like coal or wood. Now it is part of the Schleusenpriel's permanent welcoming committee.
In the evenings, the old fishing harbor is lit up orange - a unique attribute of maritime sunsets. The local fishery cooperative has over 100 employees and revenues of ca. 16 million euros. Luckily for the locals, they sell fish directly; while in Hamburg it may be true that "Fischer Fritz fischt frische Fische", if you want to eat fresh fish, you had better drop in on Cuxhaven.
The Cuxhaven Havenhostel is going up right now. Like a mullet, it is business on top (offices and a terrace) and party on the bottom (a restaurant, a bar and hotel rooms). The same investor is responsible for this project as for the Bremerhaven Havenhostel.
A lot is going on in town right now. The left hand side shows the progress being made on the new Maritime Security Center, which will be the headquarters for the German water and shipping police. These ladies and gentlemen ensure that no contraband is brought into Germany, meaning that they inspect all inbound vessels. They also respond to emergencies and will do their best to clear the waterways in the event of accidents.
Behind the Maritime Security Center is the main harbor. In the center, a few tugboats and haulers are visible; a bit further to the right are some of the search and rescue cruisers and the German Coast Guard and water and shipping police cutters.
The Alte Liebe is one of the old piers from which many immigrants left Germany for the United States of America. Across the way are the Hapag-Hallen. We will have to save that for another time. Likewise not in the picture is the North Sea. The view in the photograph above is still of the mouth of the Elbe river; in fact, on a clear day, like this one, you can see the other bank.