The Neuwerk radar tower is a modern landmark that complements the island’s historic sea marks. With an impressive height of 52 meters, the tower is visible from everywhere on the island and is part of a radar network that extends across the entire Elbe and Outer Elbe rivers. The main function of the radar tower is to ensure the safe passage of ships to and from Hamburg.
Radar support is essential during periods of dense sea fog, which limits visibility of the Elbe’s upper and lower lights. The tower thus makes a significant contribution to the safety of shipping in the region. Visitors to the island can admire the radar tower as an example of modern technology in contrast to historical landmarks such as the old Neuwerk lighthouse and the Ostbake.