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Neuwerk radar tower
Navigation aid for shipping


Neuwerk radar tower

Landmark and important component of navigation in the area of the Outer Elbe River

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.

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Details on location, times, costs and target group as well as tips

  • The radar tower is located in the west on the island of Neuwerk, very close to the Nige Hus.
  • Due to its height, the tower is visible from everywhere on the island.
  • The radar tower is in operation all year round and can be viewed at any time.
  • On a clear day, the tower offers an impressive photo motif, especially at sunrise or sunset.
  • The radar tower is interesting for all visitors to Neuwerk Island.
  • Technology enthusiasts and those interested in shipping will especially appreciate the tower.
  • The tour of the radar tower from the outside is free of charge.
  • Access to the interior of the radar tower is generally not open to the public.
  • Take the opportunity to photograph the radar tower in contrast with the island's historic sea marks.
  • Learn about the history and significance of the radar tower and radar network along the Elbe and Outer Elbe to enhance your island experience.

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