The district of Cuxhaven is situated in the centre of the German North Sea coast, directly on the Rivers Elbe and Weser. With an area of 2,072 square kilometres, this district is one of the largest in the land of Niedersachsen. The citiy of Cuxhaven, seat of the district administration, is the economic centre in the north of the district.
Cuxhaven is home to many important federal and state authorities as well as institutions which are responsible for waterways and shipping, environmental protection and disaster control and also perform sovereign tasks.
Thus, it is also the seat of the Maritime Safety and Security Centre, a joint institution of the Federal Republic of Germany and the coastal federal states, responsible for hazard prevention, accident management and sea surveillance in the North and Baltic Seas.
The Land-owned seaport of Cuxhaven is situated at the mouth of the Elbe in waters suitable for oceangoing vessels. Being situated close to the western entry to the Kiel Canal, Cuxhaven also provides rapid access to the Baltic Sea. For more information on the city of Cuxhaven, its economy and tourism see: