Hafen Holstenkaten Harbour
This harbour run by the Reiherstieg Sailor’s Club is located on the northern side of the Southern Elbe – at kilometre 613.7 – in the Holstenkaten Marina. The marina is in a quiet and protected location bordering directly on the Heuckenlock natural preserve. Due to its shallow depth, it is best to approach the marina up to one hour before or after low tide. Guests are welcome to dock their boats (sailors as well as those with a motor boat). The Sailor’s Club has WLAN. Bathroom facilities with showers are available in the clubhouse. You will also have a grill pavilion with a view of the harbour at your disposal. There are power and water hookups and shopping in the nearby shopping centre, approximately 10–15 minutes away by foot. There is also a dockyard, sailmaker, ship chandler, police station, post office, and motor workshop. The Sailor’s Club also has slips available on the Lower Elbe. www.svr-hamburg.de
The nearby Heuckenlock nature preserve is the only one of its kind in Europe. Nature lovers will find it to be a veritable treasure trove, with its great diversity of plant life (over 700 species) as well as its wealth of bird species for whom the tall reeds (up to 5 m) serve as perfect breeding grounds and a plentiful source of food. At low tide, you are likely to run across tidal channels in the Heuckenlock that refill quickly at high tide.
Directly across from the Heuckenlock on the other side of the Southern Elbe is the Schweenssand nature preserve. Heuckenlock and Schweenssand, while large areas, constitute only what is left of the formerly much more extensive grassy freshwater marshland subject to the ebb and flow of the tides.