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.
Photo: © wtf
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
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.
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/
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/
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/
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.
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/