Glückstadt Outer Harbour
The Glückstadt Outer Harbour is generally not dependent on the tides. It can be navigated at any water level and under any weather conditions. Boat slips are available at the Glückstadt Sailing Club floating docks (with power and water) as well as along the opposite waiting dock north of the lock entrance. The floating docks are suitable for yachts up to 13 m in length, while larger ships must dock at the long floating dock north of the lock entrance (waiting dock). From time to time there may be strong currents toward the north west, since the Rhin drains out at the facility’s location through sluices and pumps. A yellow flashing light above the outlets turns on when it is pumping. There are water and power hookups at the facility, while the bathroom facilities as well as the harbourmaster’s offices are located on the northern side of the inner harbour in the ‘Alte Mühle’ clubhouse. www.sv-glueckstadt.de
The historic district of Glückstadt is definitely worth touring. Christian IV of Denmark had the city designed in the Renaissance style from the get-go. At the centre of the star-shaped layout is the marketplace paved in cobblestones. The Brockdorff-Palais (Brockdorff Palace) built in 1631/1632 now houses a museum. Am Hafen Street is now home to numerous historic buildings such as the old salt storage building, the royal bridgehouse, and the Wiebeke Kruse Tower that Christian IV built for his beloved. The Provianthaus from 1705 (Am Proviantgraben 1) now serves as an art and cultural centre. www.provianthaus-glückstadt.de Glückstadt harbour is a boarding harbour for the ‘Tidenkieker’ boat tour. In this flat-bottomed boat, guests can explore the fascinating tidal landscape of the Lower Elbe. www.tidenkieker.de
Riding the ‘RIGMORE von Glückstadt’, the oldest seaworthy sailing boat in Germany, has long ceased to be a secret tip. Anyone wanting to charter this floating historical monument can find the schedule for traditional public rides at www.rigmor.de.
Every year, Glückstädt Herring Week is the unchallenged highlight of the maritime events calendar. www.glueckstadt-tourismus.de