"Walking The Mudflats: Observe Timetable" Top 5 Page for this destination Tides Tip by Kathrin_E
Tides, Cuxhaven: 2 reviews and 10 photos
Walking the mudflats is not dangerous during low tide and good weather but you MUST observe the hours. The time of the next high tide (Hochwasser) and low tide (Niedrigwasser) as well as the hours for swimming/bathing (Badezeit) and tideland hiking (Wattlaufzeit) are displayed on blackboards as in photo 2 everywhere at the entrances to the beach. Check because the hours of the tides change daily.
Take a watch and observe the hours.
Watch the red balls on the beach - when they are pulled up it's time to return.
Do not set out on foggy or rainy days with bad visibility or if a thunderstorm is approaching.
Don't go too far unless you're with a local who knows.
If the ground feels muddy, don't go any further. Avoid the area outside the salty meadows between Duhnen and Sahlenburg.
Take care when crossing a Priel (water current), the current may be strong. If the water becomes too deep, better not continue.
Rescue baskets (photo 1) are put up far out, in case someone gets stuck beyond the Priels. The water out there will go up to the red or even the green ring on the pole! The basket is supposed to hold up to 7 people. Not exactly comfortable!
The life saver guys are on the watch. But if they have to come and get you and it's your own fault, you'll face a nice big bill!
The Red Ball
At the life-saving stations on the beach, a red ball is pulled up when the tides change to call tideland hikers back to the shore (photos 3-5). They pull it up right after low tide has reached its lowest level. If you are far out, this means it is time to turn round and return. Close to the beach you can still keep walking for a while, but don’t go too far, don’t cross any Priel any more. See the tip about the rising flood.
The red ball can also indicate dangerous weather conditions that do not permit bathing or tideland walking. It is the official warning.
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