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Wilhelmshaven

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Specialty Museums · Aquariums · Beaches
Wilhelmshaven is a coastal town in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated on the western side of the Jade Bight, a bay of the North Sea. Wilhelmshaven is the centre of the "JadeBay" business region (which has around 330,000 inhabitants).The adjacent Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park (part of the Wattenmeer UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site) provides the basis for the major tourism industry in the region.HistoryThe, built before 1383, operated as a pirate stronghold; the Hanseatic League destroyed it in 1433. Four centuries later, the Kingdom of Prussia planned a fleet and a harbour on the North Sea. In 1853, Prince Adalbert of Prussia, a cousin of the Prussian King Frederick William IV, arranged the Jade Treaty (Jade-Vertrag) with the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg, in which Prussia and the Grand Duchy entered into a contract whereby Oldenburg ceded 3.13km² of its territory at the Jade Bight to Prussia. In 1869 King William I of Prussia (later also German Emperor) founded the town as an exclave of the Province of Hanover and a naval base for Prussia's developing fleet. All the hinterland of the city remained as part of the Duchy of Oldenburg.
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Deutsches Marinemuseum Wilhelmshaven ©
Specialty Museum
Deutsches Marinemuseum Wilhelmshaven
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Sudstrand
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Aquarium Wilhelmshaven ©
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Aquarium Wilhelmshaven
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Rosarium Wilhelmshaven
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Rosarium Wilhelmshaven
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Wilhelmshaven

Lange Anna ©
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Lange Anna Helgoland
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Meyer Werft Papenburg
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Seehundstation und Waloseum Norden
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The Wadden Sea, Germany
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The Wadden Sea, Germany Norden
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Hidden gems in Wilhelmshaven

Stoertebeker Park ©
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Stoertebeker Park
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Bunker Museum Wilhelmshaven ©
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Bunker Museum Wilhelmshaven
4.3
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Kustenmuseum Wilhelmshaven ©
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Kustenmuseum Wilhelmshaven
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Spas in Wilhelmshaven

Nautimo
Spa
Nautimo
3.3
Duration: 4 hours

Museums in Wilhelmshaven

Wattenmeerhaus
Specialty Museum
Wattenmeerhaus
3.0
Duration: 2h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Wilhelmshaven

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