WYC Floating Dockyard Lower Elbe
The floating dockyard, which is operated by the Wischhafen Yacht Club of the Lower Elbe, is located about half a nautical mile behind the lock gate. The lock gate is generally left open, but it closes on Tuesdays and Thursdays about one hour after the first high tide until low tide. The drawbridge is open on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from 1 May to 30 September and also upon request. Slips dry up at low tide, but the soft ground is suitable for burying deep keels. Guests are welcome to dock in Wischhafen. Power hookups are available on the floating dock, and there is also a water connection, slip facility, and derrick on the town side of the floating dock facility. Bathroom facilities are freely accessible in the clubhouse. Bicycles are available to borrow for free. Shopping and boat accessories are within walking distance. www.wycn.de
The ‘Maritime Stroll’ tour will give you a good overview of local maritime cultural history. Information boards posted along the route offer information, and you can also obtain a flyer with the route on it from the tourist information centre. www.tourismus-kehdingen.de
The former transfer and winter harbour for coastal trading vessels in Wishhafen is now a historic harbour. Historic ships are now anchored here.
The Kehdinger Küstenschiffahrtsmuseum (Coastal Seafaring Museum) is located in a former granary behind the dyke. www.kuestenschiffahrtsmuseum.de
Upstream of the Wischhafen on the Southern Elbe is the Neuland/Wischhafen brickworks lock. Wischhafen Harbour is a stop on the route of the Tidenkieker, the flat-bottomed ship that brings guests closer to the tidal landscape of the Lower Elbe. www.tidenkieker.de
The Elberadwanderbus bus makes two stops in Wischhafen. With or without a bicycle – the bus is a great way to explore the surrounding area. A ride from Wischhafen to Balje to the Natureum of the Lower Elbe (www.natureum-niederelbe.de) will take about a half an hour and offers visitors an impression of the Kehdingen landscape. Schedule and prices: www.elbe-radwanderbus.de
Hopping across the Elbe is easy with the Wischhafen-Glückstadt ferry, and on the other bank of the Elbe, the lovely old fortification and garrison city of Glückstadt are just waiting to be discovered. www.glueckstadt-tourismus.de