Cuxhaven Kugelbarke

Niedersachsen  >  Germany

The Kugelbake in Cuxhaven at the mouth of the river Elbe in the North Sea has three good observation areas together: the harbour, the beach and the sea.

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Most recent update 10 January 2023


The Kugelbake is a historic day beacon in the city of Cuxhaven at the northernmost point of Lower Saxony, where the River Elbe flows into the North Sea. The Kugelbake stands at a busy shipping lane and was once a vital nautical landmark. At this point, the estuary is about 18 km wide. Because the Kugelbake stands on the end of a dam and protrudes far into the water, it is a nice place for birding. You can overlook the beach, the harbor and the sea at the same time. Among the birds you can observe are Common Shelduck, Brent Goose, Pink-footed Goose, Whooper Swan, Lesser White-fronted Goose, Greater Scaup, Common Eider, Velvet Scoter, Common Scoter, Common Goldeneye, Goosander, Red-breasted Merganser, Avocet, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Grey Plover, European Golden Plover, Eurasian Curlew, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, Sanderling, Dunlin, Purple Sandpiper, Common Redshank, Red-throated Diver, White-tailed Eagle, Shore Lark, Northern Wheatear and Snow Bunting.



It is best to park in the Kurpark. Click on the P in the map for directions. From the parking walk over the dike. To the north you can see the Kugelbake.

Terrain and Habitat

Grassland , Beach , Dunes , Sea , Scattered trees and bushes


Sandy , Flat , Open landscape , High water possible , Slippery , Wet

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Autumn migration , Winter , Autumn


Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


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