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Wilhelmshaven Ahoy!

Wilhelmshaven offers a varied and colourful choice of things to do – visit the museum ship or Coastal Museum and marvel at all the things you didn’t know about storm surges, insurgent sailors and stranded whales!

Would you like to go on a boat tour? Then you can explore the region: the seal banks, Arngast light house and the JadeWeserPort are all good destinations for a day out. A trip in the marine port is also an impressive option.

The Pumpwerk cultural centre, meanwhile, offers jazz and other types of musical performances whilst in the Stadttheater (city theatre) visitors can enjoy modern as well as classic plays.

Sporting events come one after the other: Starting in June with the "Gorch-Fock-Lauf", continuing in August with the "NordseeMan & Nordseewoman Triathlon" and in September/October the "Wilhelmshaven Sailing-CUP", one of the highlights of the year.

The Weekend by the Jade, on the first weekend of July, is the city’s maritime festival which attracts thousands of visitors from the surrounding region to the Jadebusen.

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Rent a bike

A tour by bike is probably the best way to explore the North Sea coast on your own: flat land, no mountains,
along the dike, past lighthouses and sheep. The wide sea always in the view – cycling is fun here!

We have 8 rental bicycles available for your exploration and 8 easy driving e-bikes for headwinds.

Rental fee per bike: 10.00 € per day
Rental fee per e-bike: 25.00 € per day


World Heritage Wadden Sea

The ATLANTIC Hotel Wilhelmshaven is located directly on the Great Harbor and in the immediate vicinity of the UNESCO-World Heritage Wadden Sea. In just a few steps you can reach the dike and the Jade Bay behind.

Since 1986, the Wadden Sea at the North Sea coast of Lower Saxony  is protected as a national park. With a size of approximately 345,000 hectares, the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea is the second largest German national park.

This unique habitat can be experienced in many ways. The intact nature, the recovery in healthy air and the beautiful landscape invite to many activities: hiking, mudflat walks, cycling, horseback riding or water sports in the national park are particularly popular with guests as well as locals.

Especially a mudflat walk is a must for anyone who wants to get to know and experience this unique habitat.

photo: © Stephan Giesers

Wadden Sea Visitor Centre

In May 2022, the Wadden Sea Visitor Centre in Wilhelmshaven was reopened after extensive renovations. On 3 floors and over 2,000 sqm of exhibition space, the Wadden Sea World Heritage Site is now presented as a unique water, land and air world. In the multimedia exhibition, the topics are presented in a contemporary way with interactive media, large-format photos, films and audio stations and can be experienced and discovered with all the senses. If you want to know how migratory birds find their way, which plants and animals can withstand the extreme living conditions and how high and low tides work, the visitor centre is the right place for you.

Further information is available on the website of the Wadden Sea Visitor Centre (German only): https://www.wattenmeer-besucherzentrum.de/


In Wilhelmshaven you can experience the most beautiful rose garden in the north.
For all tourists, romantics and rose lovers – the Rosarium is one of the most popular destinations in Wilhelmshaven. Since 1975, the rose garden has been impressing visitors with its variety of different types of roses. Experience the picturesque surroundings in a relaxed atmosphere. Whether by era, species or breeder - here you will find the special variety of roses arranged according to different criteria.
The Rosarium offers exciting events for all visitors, such as rose festivals, garden markets and much more. More information and dates can be found on the Rosarium website.


Photo: © Förderverein Rosarium e.V.

Havenspuren – the virtual city tour

Embark on a virtual journey through the history of Wilhelmshaven!

With Wilhelmshaven Touristik you can immerse yourself in the virtual world of the historic city.

Photo: © Wilhelmshaven Touristik & Freizeit GmbH

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German Naval Museum in Wilhelmshaven

German Naval Museum


The German Naval Museum offers exciting insights into the present and former navy under the theme of People–Times–Ships. On board the museum ships, the spotlight is on the strenuous but also adventurous everyday life of the German Navy at sea. Almost 170 years of German naval history can be explored in the German Naval Museum. An emperor with a naval passion, huge battleships, mutinous sailors and two German navies who had to be united in 1990 are just a few of the key points whose background can be discovered in the permanent historical exhibition. In addition, you can experience the ports of Wilhelmshaven
and the former Imperial Shipyard, today’s Naval Arsenal, from the waterfront on a naval history boat trip with the museum’s own launch, the “Kapitän Meyer”. (April to October).

Photo: © Mölders

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Big harbour tour

From March to October, you have the daily opportunity to experience an unforgettable trip with the MV “Harle Kurier” through the naval port, to the tanker jetties and to the JadeWeserPort. See up close how the heavy cargo ships of up to 350,000 t dock in Wilhelmshaven and marvel at the JadeWeserPort, Germany’s only deepwater harbour.


Further information is available on the website of the Warrings shipping company: https://www.reederei-warrings.de/hafenrundfahrt/


Cranes at the harbour near the ATLANTIC Hotel Wilhelmshaven

JadeWeserPort Infocenter

With a fascinating exhibition and exciting tours through Germany’s new deepwater container port, the InfoCenter offers its visitors an attraction
that is unique throughout the country.
Exhibition: The InfoCenter invites its visitors, both young and old, to an exciting and interactive voyage of discovery into the modern world of ports, trade and
logistics and vividly shows everything that is possible in the JadeWeserPort, Germany’s only deepwater harbour. The exhibition opens up the world
of ports with plenty of interesting background information. As the captain of a ship simulator, you can even approach the port yourself with one of the
jumbo container ships.
Harbour bus tours: The bus tours through the JadeWeserPort get you up close to the action. With an expert pilot on board, the journey continues over the former dike
to the front of the tugboat harbour and up to the huge container gantry cranes. Here you get an hour’s information about the history and the current
situation of the harbour. Be there live when there is another “big tub” in the harbour and the bridges and van carriers are in full operation.

Further information is available on the website of the JadeWeserPort InfoCenter: https://www.wilhelmshaven-touristik.de/veranstaltungen/locations/jadeweserport-infocenter/

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Aquarium Wilhelmshaven

In the new great experience exhibition SAURIER - GIGANTEN DER MEERE (dinosaurs - giants of the seas), gigantic marine dinosaurs from the oceans of bygone times await you. With a length of up to 10.5 meters, the fascinating dinosaur models show in an impressive way who ruled the sea in the Middle Ages.
Exciting details about the origin of life can be found in the URZEITMEER-MUSEUM. With the help of more than 500 original fossils, you will learn how different species of animals and plants, especially in the aquatic region, have evolved over the past 4.6 billion years.
New: Sloths are on the loose in the tropical hall!

TIP: Panorama-SB-Restaurant with sensational view over the North Sea and the Wadden Sea World Heritage!

All further information about your visit is available on the website of the Aquarium Wilhelmshaven: http://aquarium-wilhelmshaven.de/

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Beach at Hooksiel

The long sandy beach of Hooksiel is only 20 km away. Spend a few carefree hours in the dunes, feel the sand at your feet during a walk, bathe in the North Sea waves, discover the mud flats or build a large sand castle. Hooksiel is the ideal bathing area for families with children as well as for couples or singles. Beach chairs are available for rent and a playground on the beach offers plenty of space for romping around. To ensure that bathing is undisturbed and safe at both low and high tide, all bathing beaches are monitored by DLRG lifesavers during the season. Sanitary facilities with refreshing showers are also available.

There is also a lot on offer for water-sport lovers: here you can really get the most out of kitesurfing, windsurfing or stand-up paddleboarding.

Further information is available on the website of the
Wangerland Tourism (German only): 

Kulturzentrum Pumpwerk

The pumping station is one of the leading cultural centers in German-speaking countries. The former sewage works is an absolute tip for events at a high level and is a house with character, history and stories. With its unique industrial architecture and the many machines and pumps, it offers unmistakable, eventful live culture from the local scene to world stars. Over 120,000 guests attend the numerous events every year. A large outdoor area with a beer garden, open-air stage and park is connected to the pumping station.

Further information on the website of the Kulturzentrum Pumpwerk: https://www.pumpwerk.de/


Coastal Museum

Explore the past, present and future of the coast in an unconventionally designed exhibition. Learn exciting stories about storm surges, dike workers, chiefs, pirates, ships, emperors and masks. The varied tour begins with the creation of the coast around 12,000 years ago and extends to Wilhelmshaven's deep-water port "JadeWeserPort". The visitors learn about the detective work of archaeological research in the reconstruction of the everyday life of the early coastal inhabitants. Around the medieval Siebethsburg, the presentation invites you to dress up as a pirate, load a ship or trade in stolen goods on a market square. On a foray through the city's history, explore the great moments and catastrophes in the 150-year history of the naval city! A varied offer with guided tours, workshops, holiday programs and lectures complement the permanent and special exhibitions.


Barefoot Park in Friedeburg/Etzel | ATLANTIC Hotel Wilhelmshaven


Discover the barefoot park in Friedeburg/Etzel, which aspires to become the longest barefoot park in Europe. Experience an impressive trail of 6 kilometres, which is still to be extended to a total of 8.5 kilometres of trail. The park has been open since 1 June 2023 and offers you the opportunity to explore it on weekends from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm – from 5 April to 30 September 2024.

Covering an area of five hectares, various subsoils such as sand, sawdust, wooden discs and more have been laid out. The park is home to numerous flowers, shrubs and trees, including a wildflower meadow. Enjoy the variety of wildlife, from birds to deer, rabbits and squirrels.

In addition to the natural elements, the park offers a rose garden, a vegetable garden and an exciting maze with tall yew trees. A five-metre high hill offers you a breathtaking view over the grounds and cosy seating. Relax on the sail-covered seats or take part in balance exercises. There is also a children's playground for younger guests. Visit the Barefoot Park Friedeburg and enjoy an extraordinary nature experience full of adventure and relaxation.

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Jogging map

Discover our jogging routes around the hotel. You can choose between a 7.5 km long route around Lake Banter or a 3.9 km long route around the inner harbor. Both routes start directly at the hotel and convince by their immediate proximity to the water. You can find our jogging map in a handy format at our jogging station in the lobby or as a download below.

Tip: Also suitable for a stroll!



The flat landscape around Wilhelmshaven is superb for golfing. With plenty of exercise, lots of fresh air, excitement and relaxation all at the same time, golf is a fascinating and beautiful sport. The challenge lies in the combined need for concentration, coordination and fitness. Whether young or old, golf is a sport for the whole family. Players of different skill levels and ages can play together here. From Wilhelmshaven, you can easily reach two golf courses: the 18-hole course of Golfclub Wilhelmshaven-Friesland and the 27-hole course of Golfclub Ostfriesland.

Further information on the website of the Golfclub Wilhelmshaven-Friesland: https://www.golfclub-wilhelmshaven.de/

Further information on the website of the  Golfclub Ostfriesland: http://www.golfclub-ostfriesland.de/de/

Sailing Cup in Wilhelmshaven


Whether the "weekend at the Jade" or the "Wilhelmshaven Sailing Cup", Wilhelmshaven offers its visitors exciting festivals with a maritime flair.

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