Cruises to Helgoland Germany

Book one of MSC's European Cruises to Helgoland Germany and relax on the waterfront in the colourful quayside cafes and enjoy some ‘time out’ in a little-known destination. Discover to Helgoland Germany MSC Cruises.

MSC Cruises venture further afield: Heligoland, Germany’s natural archipelago is revealed

The sunny sea island of Heligoland (also Helgoland) in northern Germany is a unique place, only visited by a handful of travellers at any one time. Located 70 km off the mainland, Helgoland is a small archipelago; a tranquil, car-free oasis and one of Germany’s unique natural monuments. With the Gulf Stream promoting a warm climate, this delightful, remote little destination is conducive to unique fauna and wildlife.

Your luxury MSC cruise liner will dock at the local cruise terminal where you can leave the cruise ship for the day and be guided by our selection of shore excursion packages offering the best deals on top attractions. Whether you’re looking for a moment of natural beauty during your cruise vacation or some great holiday bargains (Heligoland is a duty-free zone), this little island offers a relaxing and enjoyable day onshore. Tour the island on a small ferry and spot the seals and sea lions that live freely here.

Heligoland is also a haven for seabirds, especially the elegant white gannets, with great opportunities for keen nature photographers. Relax on the waterfront in the colourful quayside cafes and enjoy some ‘time out’ in a little-known destination during our MSC Northern European and Nordic cruise itineraries

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 HGL01 - ISLAND WALKING TOUR (approx. 2 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  As Germany’s only permanently inhabited North Sea island, Heligoland rises out of the water as a mass of red sandstone that provides a habitat for a unique flora and fauna. Famed for its mild climate, this lovely little island is ideal to explore on foot. Starting in the little lanes of the so-called Lower Land along with its typical lobster booths, art galleries and antiques’ stores, the tour then proceeds to the so-called Upper Land for a brief stop at the “Lummenfelsen” (Birds’ Rock), located about 70 metres above sea level. The Rock is named after the thousands of birds that come to nest here every year. Your knowledgeable guide will explain the local flora and fauna, and show you the area in which the birds breed. Please note : guides available only in German. Guests have to walk 1.5 km on uneven terrain with some steps; this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $33.00 Adults $23.00 Children

   


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 HGL02 - HISTORIC BUNKER TOUR  (approx. 1.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Due to its ideal strategic North Sea location, the island of Heligoland was developed as a sea fortification during the 19th and 20th centuries. As part of these activities, a bunker was created for the purpose of accommodating 3,500 people during WWII. After the war, the British used the island as a detonation site for seized ammunition. The 6,700 tonnes of explosives detonated by the British in 1947 – known as the “Big Bang” – has gone down in history as the biggest non-nuclear explosion ever. It also changed the topology of the island and created the so-called Middle Land. The remaining parts of the bunker are open to the public today. Its history is brought to life with illustrations, pictures and stories. Please note : guides available only in German. Comfortable, sturdy shoes and warm clothes are recommended as there are 180 steps to get in and out of the bunker and temperature inside the bunker is constantly between 12-14°C. This tour is not suitable for guests who have walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $39.00 Adults $27.00 Children

   


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 HGL03 - DÜNE: HELIGOLAND'S KID SISTER  (approx. 2 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  As Heligoland’s “kid sister”, the tiny island of Düne – once joined to Heligoland until a storm separated the two in 1721 – is also called the “Jewel of Heligoland” due to its beautiful sandy beaches and lovely landscape. The island is also home to grey seals that bask in the sun and can be observed at quite close quarters. After the brief 1-km boat transfer, you will continue on a guided nature walk to explore the island. A knowledgeable guide will explain the flora and fauna to you and of course you will visit the grey seals. Have your camera ready to capture photos of these gorgeous creatures as they enjoy the sun. Another tour highlight will be a visit to the “Cemetery of the Nameless” – the resting place of all dead bodies that have been washed ashore over the centuries. Please note : guides available only in German. This tour is not suitable for guests who have walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $45.00 Adults $32.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.