The green town on the North Sea

Wide lakeland areas, the Elbe river and a view of the North Sea just a few kilometres further on - the mix of nature and the sea makes Otterndorf a very special destination. Experience the changing of the tides on the mudflats. Beautiful lakes are ideal for swimming, canoeing, surfing and cycling. Otterndorf Youth Hostel is right behind the Elbe dyke. The idyllic town and its historical half-timbered houses enchant visitors.
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Opening hours
The reception is open

8.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m.


4.00 p.m. - 9.30 p.m.

Closing time

Open all year round except November 13th, 2021 - January 31st, 2022

Prices 2021

B&B from Half board from Full board from
€ 25.00 - € 33.00

Prices 2022

B&B from Half board from Full board from
€ 26.00 - € 35.00

Otterndorf lies at the point where the Elbe flows into the North Sea. The river appears like the open sea here. The hostel is located 2 km from the town centre; the train station is 2.3 km away. The trains run every hour from Hamburg.

The hostel at the Elbe dyke has 195 beds in single, double, 4-bed and 6-bed rooms, showers/toilets are located centrally, 8 common rooms, room with fireplace, disco room for groups, drying room with washing machine, a TV room, facilities for families with small children, W-LAN, table football, games for hire. The large outdoor area provides plenty of space to play in - with a badminton court, outdoor chess, 4 covered table tennis tables, shoot-out challenge, playing field with area for playing football, basketball court, playground and barbecue area.

Room Floor space
Max. number of participants
  • cinema
  • parliament
  • block
  • U-shaped block
    U-shaped block
  • circle
Floor Rent per day
Tagesraum 8 30 sqm 30 12 16 20 20 GF upon request
Tagesraum 9 (mit Schrägen) 85 sqm 30 16 16 16 16 AF upon request
Conference equipment

bluray player, DVD player, flip chart, free wifi, metaplan board, presentation case, projector, screen, speaker's desk, TV set

Room Floor space Height
Max. number of participants
  • Choir
  • Orchestra
Floor Daylight Rent per day
Tagesraum 4 43 sqm 4.2 m 30 20 GF yes upon request
Tagesraum 5 43 sqm 4.2 m 30 20 GF yes upon request
Tagesraum 6 43 sqm 4.2 m 30 20 GF yes upon request
Tagesraum 4+5+6 kombiniert 129 sqm 4.2 m 90 60 GF yes upon request
Tagesraum 9 (Dachschräge) 85 sqm 3.0 m 30 15 AF yes upon request
Rehearsal room equipment


Otterndorf - the green town by the sea

Otterndorf is called "the green town by the sea". Water and nature ensure a wealth of leisure options. The "Achtern Diek" leisure centre offers swimming lakes, swimming in the sea and running on the mudflats, an area for playing football, adventure playground, tennis courts and a skate park with half pipe. Stand on the dyke and watch the large ships on their way to the sea. The "Kranichhaus-Museum" ("Crane House Museum"), the air-locks and pumping stations along the Medem river , the studio "a" (modern art) and the "Johann Heinrich Voß House" are worth seeing. The Spiel- und Spaßscheune ("Fun and Games Barn") will thrill younger children in any weather. Trampolines, a giant slide, a climbing mountain and dodgems will make children's eyes shine with joy.

Trips and excursions

  • Cycling on the dyke
  • Boat trips and "Wattwagen" ride from Cuxhaven
  • Waterskiing in Neuhaus
  • Museum Natureum Niederelbe in Balje
  • Klimahaus ("Climate House") and Emigration Centre in Bremerhaven
  • Cities of Hamburg and Stade