Windmill in Friedrichskoog in the district of Dithmarschen, Schleswig-Holstein, Northern Germany. It is situated near the outflow of the Elbe into the Nordsee (North Sea), approx. 25 km from Heide, and 25 km from Cuxhaven. The municipality is located in and named after the polder (German: Koog), which was named in honour of King Frederick VII of Denmark.
Die Nordsee in Cuxhaven, Niedersachsen
This is Helgoland, a small German archipelago in the Nordsee (North Sea). The islands were once Danish and later British possessions. Population in 2016: 1,127. They are the only German islands not in the immediate vicinity of the mainland, about 70 km by sea from Cuxhaven. During the period of British possession, the lyrics to the “Deutschlandlied", which later became the national anthem, were written on one of the islands by August Heinrich Hoffmann in 1841, while he was vacationing there. In addition to German, the local population, who are ethnic Frisians, speak the Heligolandic dialect of the North Frisian language called Halunder. Heligoland used to be called Heyligeland, or “holy land”, possibly due to the island’s long association with the god Forseti – the god of justice and reconciliation in Norse mythology as associated with the Frisians.
Cuxhaven is a seaside resort in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony), Northern Germany, located on the mouth of the river Elbe on the North Sea coast. Until 1937, it was part of Hamburg; in a reorganization, 2 other towns that were part of Prussia were given to Hamburg in exchange for Cuxhaven. With 55,000 citizens, it’s a small town, which can boast 3 million overnight stays a year, making it one of Germany’s most popular seaside resorts. Between 1945 and 1964, about 500 rockets were launched nearby, the best known being three V2 rockets during “Operation Backfire”, in order to demonstrate to Allied forces the technique of the “wonder weapon” in 1945. The only thing remembering rocketry today is a trough near the way from Arensch to Sahlenburg. Cuxhaven is a quiet place. If you’re looking for action and parties, it’s not the right destination. If you’re looking for a quiet city by the sea, it’s a good choice. This is the area of the North Sea where the water recedes to extreme degrees during low tide. It’s one of the main reasons why people visit. You can take walks, look at crabs, build castles from sand and mud or ride horse-drawn buggies to the island of Neuwerk as the water recedes.