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.
Wilhelmshaven also offers many sporting events: the calendar starts in June with the Gorch-Fock Marathon and continues in August with the North Sea Man Triathlon and the JadeWeserPort CUP in October – 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
If you want to discover the Wadden Sea, the only natural area of its kind in the world, you should start your journey at the visitors’ centre of the UNESCO world natural heritage Wadden Sea in Wilhelmshaven. In the nature exploration centre spanning 2,000 square metres on the Jade Bay, you can find out at numerous discovery stations just how animals and plants adapt to extreme living conditions. In the aquarium landscape, many fish, shrimps and other typical North Sea animals can be seen up close. The ornithological warden’s hut, which is more than 100 years old, as well as the “storm room” in which you can experience what a hurricane is like, convey an impression of the powerful forces of nature and the lives of the people here. The visitor magnet is the 14 m long skeleton of a sperm whale which was stranded off Baltrum Island in 1994. Unique worldwide is in particular the presentation of plastinated whale organs: the heart, lungs and blowhole were prepared by Gunther von Hagens (“Body Worlds” exhibition). The suspended sperm whale skeleton and interactive multimedia stations provide a fascinating insight into the life of whales, their history and current whale research. In addition, the Wattenmeerhaus Visitor Centre regularly offers mudflat walks and nature experience events, such as cutter trips with show fishing or boat tours to the seal banks.
Further information is available on the website of the Wadden Sea Visitor Centre (German only): https://www.wattenmeer-besucherzentrum.de/
Important information: The visitors' centre will expectedly be closed for reconstruction works until Easter 2021.
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/
The Aquarium Wilhelmshaven invites you on a journey through the history of the origins of our earth with over 500 fossil witnesses of past times and over 300 animal species from the marine and land habitats. The tour leads through the flora and fauna of the North Sea and the Wadden Sea with its flatfish, catsharks, lobsters, crabs and seals, past seahorses, octopuses and jellyfish to the inhabitants of tropical and subtropical oceans and habitats, such as sharks, colourful schools of fish and coral reefs, a chameleon, pygmy marmoset monkeys, caimans and even penguins.
TIP: The adjacent children’s play palace BULLERMECK with panorama restaurant
Further information is available on the website of the Aquarium Wilhelmshaven: http://aquarium-wilhelmshaven.de/
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): https://www.wangerland.de/Wangerland-entdecken/Strand-Baden/Straende-im-Ueberblick/Strand-Hooksiel
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 6 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
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/