Bike Touring Highlight
Kugelbarke at Cuxhaven
The Kugelbake, the landmark of the city of Cuxhaven, used to serve as a guide for sailors. The word "bake" was in the Middle Ages the designation for navigation marks. And indeed, the 29-meter-high, wooden-built Kugelbake was a geographically important point for the seafaring, because it indicates where the Elbe ends and the North Sea begins. For orientation, a fire burned in the Kugelbake at night.
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Today the Kugelbake has lost its real meaning, because the modern radar scoring has taken over its task. Nevertheless, the Kugelbake is still a popular destination, because it marks the northernmost point of Lower Saxony and is a listed building. Incidentally, the emigrants who used to travel from Cuxhaven to America by sea often took the sight of the Kugelbake as a last reminder of their homeland.
February 13, 2017
It is 28.4 m high and used to be a nautical sign for ships, but since 1878 it has lost its importance with the permanent operation of a lightship, since 1913 in the city's coat of arms, owned by Cuxhaven since 2002, currently a tourist attraction. good place to observe incoming and outgoing ships, it marks the border between inland waters Elbe and North Sea, the Elbe estuary is here to Schleswig-Holstein 18 km wide, but the fairway only 800 m.
July 21, 2018
Drive past the Kugelbarke past the Cuxhaven industrial area to Otterndorf.
The entrance of the bike path is behind the blue warehouse. From there you can always drive along the water to Otterndorf about 20km. Recommend the Hofcafe Ramm "Zum Alten Backhaus" with homemade pies about 1km past Otterndorf Stader Landstrasse direction Stade.
July 16, 2015
The Kugelbake is a wooden navigation mark in Cuxhaven. Measured from the middle Tidehochwasser to the middle of the small ball their height is 28.4 m. The term bake goes back to the Middle Ages, in which all the navigational signs - including lighthouses - were so named. It is the landmark of Cuxhaven and depicted since 1913 in the coat of arms of the city. An earlier building still served as a lighthouse; Today, the Kugelbake is illuminated only at night as a tourist attraction. It forms the seaward boundary of the Elbe, so the end of the Binnenelbe after the Federal Waterways Act.
May 28, 2017
The northernmost point of Lower Saxony is the Kugelbake in Cuxhaven.
It is a maritime sign made of wood. Since wood and sea air are not tolerated in the long term, this is no longer the first Kugelbake this time was set up. The first was probably built in December 1703 at the instigation of the pilot Inspector Paul Allers. At the point there was a group of trees that were used as a point of view, but were washed away by a violent storm surge.
In 1853, even a light was placed in the Kugelbake. The beacon burned in a hut that was inside the beacon.
At the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, the Leuchthütte was dismantled for tactical reasons, in order to offer the enemy no clue. Even at the beginning of the First World War, the Kugelbake had to give way. In 1924 it was rebuilt. However, instead of the eponymous bullet, two round rectangular discs were attached to the tip.
Since a lightship was designed year-round, the light from 1878 was no longer needed.
Finally, in 2001, the Waterways and Shipping Administration returned the Kugelbake to the Federal Property Office, as the navigation mark had lost its nautical significance. Since 2002, the Kugelbake is owned by the city of Cuxhaven and is a listed building.
A trip there is always worth it. From here you can watch the great ships that drive in front of Cuxhaven in the Elbe estuary and then drive to Hamburg.
January 26, 2019
The fort was built in the years 1869-1879. It had more strategic importance to secure the estuary, but this was not needed, after the war, parts were blown up, and it fell slowly. After extensive restoration, it is now a museum, and the only remaining German naval artilleriefort.
July 26, 2017
The Kugelbake is a wooden navigation mark in Cuxhaven. Measured from the middle Tidehochwasser to the middle of the small ball their height is 28.4 m. The term bake goes back to the Middle Ages, in which all the navigational signs - including lighthouses - were so named. It is the landmark of Cuxhaven and depicted since 1913 in the coat of arms of the city. An earlier building still served as a lighthouse; Today, the Kugelbake is illuminated only at night as a tourist attraction. It forms the seaward boundary of the Elbe, so the end of the Binnenelbe after the Federal Waterways Act
June 18, 2018
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