Cuxhaven is an Elbe River/North Sea cruise port and town in Germany's Lower Saxony state (Cuxhaven district) with population around 50,000. The port (locode DECUX) is on the North Sea, and at the river's mouth. The distance between Cuxhaven and Bremen is approx 100 km (60 mi), to Hamburg is approx 130 km (80 mi). Trains to Hamburg and Bremen depart every hour.
Tourism is of great economic importance. Its origins go back to 1816 when in Cuxhaven was founded the seaside resort Seeheilbad.
Cuxhaven is an important homeport for commercial fishing boats and a registration point for ships approaching Hamburg and the Kiel Canal. Neuwerk Island is to the northwest of Cuxhaven.
Cruise ships to Cuxhaven dock at either Europe Quay or Humber Quay. The cruise terminal has 2 restaurants, taxi rank, tourist information, car parking. Shuttle bus services are provided.
The distance between the cruise port and downtown is ~2 km (1,2 mi), and to the nearest train station (Bahnhof Cuxhaven) - approx 1,5 km (1 mi). Cuxhaven-Nordholz Airport (approx 11 km / 7 mi from the port) serves only charter flights.
Fast ferries between Cuxhaven and Hamburg provide daily scheduled service, with crossing time ~2,5 hours. Transportation from Hamburg's ferry pier (Landungsbrucken stop) to the Hamburg Hauptbahnhof (main railway station) is provided by either the underground (line 3) or the trams S1 or S3.
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