Things to do in northwest Germany are so amazing, that I would recommend traveling to this part of Germany to everyone.
My travel to northwest Germany did last only for 5 days, but I still managed to experience some of the best things to do in this German region. If you are asking yourself, why I liked this part of Germany so much, let me tell you my TOP 11 things to do in northwest Germany.
11 best things to do in northwest Germany:
1. Explore Hamburg
I only spent one day in Hamburg, but all I can say is, that Hamburg is really an impressive city! One of my favorite things to do in Hamburg are walking around the huge industrial brick buildings, which I can describe as one of the most recognizable sights in the city. But of course Hamburg is much more than that – you can find numerous things to do and places to visit in Hamburg, like parks, the Elba river, water canals, theaters, shops, museums, churches, red light district… No matter what your interests are, you will find your place in Hamburg for sure.
2. Stop in Bremerhaven
Things to do in Bremerhaven will not disappoint anyone, no matter the age and for that stopping at this port city is a must thing to do when traveling around North-West germany. If you travel to Bremerhaven, you should definitely visit its harbor, Immigration Center, Klimahaus, German Shipping Museum, the Zoo Am Meer, Shop Window Fishery Harbor, first German shopping mall and observation deck at the top of the Atlantic Sail City Hotel. Bremerhaven is a city, which I will visit again for sure.
3. Attend a mud walk at the Wadden Sea
Your North Germany travel would not be perfect if you leave out the Wadden Sea. Take off your shoes and enjoy the mud walk, to get to know the nature here. Believe me, you will have a blast!
4. Rent a boat or do an organized boat tour in Friedrichstadt
Due to its many water canals, Friedrichstadt is truly one of the most charming towns in Germany – after all it is known as the Venice of the North. Locals use water canals to enjoy boating on a nice and sunny days, so do the same. Walk around the charming streets and try to find the similarities with the Dutch architecture. If you like souvenirs, you will love the numerous local shops here as well.
5. Take a coffee and observe a sleepy holiday oriented town of Tonning
Tonning is perfect to walk around and see the influence of the neighborhood country, Holland. It has lots of weekend and holiday houses, where Germans come for their vacations. If you are traveling to Tonning with children, don’t forget to take them to the Multimar Wattforum, where they can enjoy the sea life in its many aquariums.
6. Buy some veggies at the local market in Husum
Get up early and walk to the center of Husum, where the main square is. Just in front of the Town hall, you will find a well stocked local market. Get to know the farmers, talk to them about daily life and buy a veggie or two. Don’t forget to visit the Husum castle, which once was a monastery. You can also visit the Shipping Museum and birth place of a well know German novelist Theodor Storm.
7. Enjoy the homemade pie at the Roter Haubarg homestead
When we were driving around the North-West Germany, we could notice some unique houses in the countryside. These houses are actually farmhouses from the 16th Century. The word Haubarg in German means a place where hay was stacked. All the Haubargs have tached roofs and once many of them could be found in this area. Nowadays, not many are left and only two of them are open for public; one as an apartment house and one as restaurant. To get a typical fill of these Haubarg houses, visit the Roter Haubarg near Witzwort and have a lunch or dinner there. They are most famous for its home breed pork, but don’t even forget on the delicious home-made pie. Yumm!
8. Have a shrimp-sandwich for a snack
When traveling around North-West Germany someone invites you to the »Krabenpullen« don’t ignore it and say YES! It can not get more local than this! Krabenpullen actually means you have a pile of cooked (1-2 minutes in boiling water) shrimps, which are cooled down. Get yourself a fresh white bread, pill the shrimps, cover them with mayonnaise and dig in. It is hard work to pill them all, but it is well worth it, as the shrimp-sandwich is delicious.
9. Try the herring
The raw, marinated fish herring is a well know specialty in Germany and also with all the other countries, where the North Sea is present. You can eat herring with salad, potato or you can boil it and marinate it again in vinegar. Some people like it, some don’t, but one thing is certain – you have to try it, before heading home.
10. Take a walk to the Westerhever lighthouse
I bet you have seen a white-blue lighthouse in a movie or seen it in a book. If you like them and think they are one of the most romantic things in the world, you will love this Westerhever lighthouse. It is actually the most famous lighthouse in Germany. When you see it, you will know why – absolutely charming!
11. Take your photo in the beach basket
The beach baskets were invented in 1882 and they are popular ever since then. No real travel to North Germany and the sea should be without a photo of you in it. They are still used on beaches and are perfect in providing comfort and protection from wind, rain and sun.
I have never imagined, that there are so many great things to do in northwest Germany. I was exploring the area for 5 days only, so I am already thinking to drive there by my car, and explore the area more intensively. It is worth it, believe me!
My name is Pati and we live in The Netherlands (north).
We are going in May to Denmark and we will cross the northweast of Germany.
We are looking to find an interesting place to step by for a day or afternoon that we could do with our 4 years old daughter.
As you have visited some parts of that region, could you please indicate a place?
Thanks a lot!
Alkmaar – NL
Hi Patricia! Well, if you only have a short time, I’d do the mud walk – I loved it and I am 33 y.o. – you can imagine how much fun would that be for your 4 years old daughter. You search for lugworms, try the seaweed, try to catch shrimps… I also loved the Friedrichstadt, where you can do a trip with a boat around their canals… At the end our captain invited kids to do some driving and they loved it 😉
I hope I helped you a bit and have fun! 😀 Cheers, Nina
There is a small but fun typo. You have misspelled Husum as Humus
Oh my… looks like I was hungry when writing the blog post. 😉 Thanks for the remark 🙂
Looking for a sheep farm to work and stay
Love animals and nature
Hi Nathan, uf I am affraid I cannot help you with this :/.
It’s OK, thank you, for you’re kind reply , I know there is amazing nature in north of Germany, Denmark. Last year visited fehrman island on the east side of Germany. I traveled by train from humborg to Copenhagen, and it was amazing. I stayed at the island for 4 nights. Beautiful island. The train entrances the island by a bridge over the sea, and on the other side, goes inside a ferry, that travels to Denmark.
Oh wow, that sure sounds a great place to visit, when we are there again. 🙂 Thank you for the tip and new idea for a trip :).
Really thanks for sharing this useful post !! Germany is a nice place to visit for holidays and I will definitely visit these places with my friends.
Hi Ajay. Glad you like the post and Yes, all Germany is such a great place to explore, not just the Nort-West part of it. 😉