SightsA journey through culture and maritime treasures.

In Wilhelmshaven, salty breezes and maritime flair meet cultural and historical highlights. Here, in addition to beach visits, mudflat hikes and outdoor activities, you can discover some interesting sights during a tour of the city. This is the ideal opportunity to get to know the history and character of Wilhelmshaven in more detail and to enrich your vacation with a variety of experiences. In order for you to enjoy a varied sightseeing program during your visit, we would like to introduce you to the most important sights in Wilhelmshaven.

By the way: Many of the sights can be reached quite comfortably on foot from our Wilhelms Haven Hotel. For slightly further distances, you can take the buses of the public utility company, which can be used free of charge with the Wilhelmshaven TouristCard. All addresses of the respective locations can be found on the map at the bottom of this page.

MuseumsOn the trail of history.

If you want to get to know a city with all its historical and cultural facets, a visit to a museum is essential - especially on bad weather days. Wilhelmshaven has several interesting museums to discover.

German Naval Museum
Bunker Museum
Coastal Museum
Unesco Wadden Sea World Heritage Visitor Center

Outdoor SightsDiscoveries out in the fresh air.

The salty sea air in Wilhelmshaven is a real balm for the body. Of course, when the weather is good, you would like to spend as much time as possible outdoors - after all, the vacation should not only give rest to the mind but also to the body. In Wilhelmshaven, there are several sights that you can visit and enjoy the fresh air at the same time.


The Rosarium Wilhelmshaven is home to over 5,000 roses of more than 500 different varieties and exotic plant species. From May to October, you can admire the individual-themed gardens free of charge and come to rest amidst the idyllic sea of flowers. The Rosarium also provides a picturesque backdrop for various events.

South Beach

The Südstrand beach in the immediate vicinity of the city stretches for seven kilometers along the coast and invites you to really unwind. Here you can sunbathe in one of the beach chairs, stroll along the promenade, or enjoy a fresh drink and small delicacies in the tea house. Even if it is not a classic sandy beach, you are guaranteed to get into the vacation mood here! At the bathing section of the south beach, you can comfortably step into the cool water via stairs.

The highlight of every visit to the North Sea is the impressive tidal change, which you can observe particularly well here. At low tide, the twice-daily water recedes for kilometers, exposing the seabed. Here you can get to know the unique ecosystem of the Wadden Sea better during a mudflat hike. However, it is important that you always take part in official guided tours and do not leave the shore area on your own. The tidal changes as well as the ground conditions can be dangerous for the inexperienced.

Störtebeker Park

Especially for families with children, Störtebeker Park is the perfect place to spend a day full of adventure and fun. The theme park is all about play and learning and is open from April to October. Admission is free; however, we recommend taking a look at the opening hours.

Botanical Garden in the City Park

The Botanical Garden in the Wilhelmshaven City Park is lovingly enchanted and transports visitors to a diverse, exotic plant world. One part, the Plant Sociological Garden, is completely dedicated to the plant species of the northwest German lowlands.

Buildings Architectural gems from the past to the present.

Both history and development are reflected in Wilhelmshaven's cityscape. It is graced by some impressive buildings that impressively depict the contrast between the past and the future. Some of the buildings are particularly worth seeing.

Kaiser Wilhelm Bridge
Wilhelmshaven City Hall
Kniphausen Castle
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Brücke Wilhelmshaven

Kaiser Wilhelm Bridge

The city's landmark is famous nationwide and is an official national monument. The largest swing bridge in Europe is a true masterpiece of architecture and a real attraction for vacationers and visitors.

Wilhelmshaven City Hall

The clinker brick building is a very special work of modern architecture and is somewhat reminiscent of the look of a knight's castle. The entrance is guarded by two stone lions in modern design.

Kniphausen Castle

Kniphausen Castle is located just outside the city and was built in 1438 as a noble residence. In addition to the ancestral hall, which is well worth seeing, the castle today houses several living quarters. The surrounding park is definitely worth…


The JadeWeserPort is the port area of the Wilhelmshaven container terminal and the only deep-water container port in the country. Even though the site is not easily entered, the view from the outside is incredibly impressive.

Also worth seeingYou should also visit these places.

Now you have already got to know many places worth seeing in Wilhelmshaven. But that was not all! Some special highlights are still waiting for you:

Pumpwerk Cultural Center

The cultural center in the former industrial building was opened in the 1970s and since then has provided a stage for many well-known artists. The changing events, such as concerts of international and regional musicians, stand-up comedy various parties, and other socio-cultural projects make the center a cultural stronghold of Wilhelmshaven.


The Wilhelmshaven Aquarium is definitely worth a visit! Here you can find not only marine life of all kinds but also exotic plants, reptiles, and birds. A special highlight is the feeding of the penguins, seals, and sharks, which you can watch live. You can round off your visit in the associated Panorama Restaurant with spectacular views over the North Sea and the Wadden Sea.

Municipal theater

The Landesbühne Niedersachsen Nord was founded in the post-war period and is located in Wilhelmshaven. What makes it special, however, is that the staff travels between and plays a total of 12 fixed venues. The program is wide-ranging and offers performances for young and old.

Maritime Mile

The Maritime Mile stretches around the Great Harbor and the South Beach and offers five worlds of experience around the theme of the sea: The Coastal Museum, the German Maritime Museum, the Aquarium, the UNESCO Wadden Sea World Heritage Visitor Center, and the harbor tours with the MS Harle Kurier. The ideal opportunity to devote a whole day to discovering the sea.

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