Am Leher Tor 2, Bremerhaven, Bremen, 27568, Germany
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Inside the museum near the exit
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Travel Tips for Bremerhaven
Well, the Sail event only...
Well, the Sail event only comes along every fourth (or was it second?) year. And I didn't do anything else in Bremerhaven, so all I can say is: Don't miss the next Sail! The Ships, of course.
If you wanna see pictures, go to the travelogue!
Take a Bus Tour of the Harbor Area
There are harbour tours on offer by boat (one hour), or harbour tours by bus (two hours), which drives into the container harbour and gives you an insight into the history of Bremerhaven. Both are very interesting and very different in the view and presentation of Bremerhaven today. I would certainly recommend going on one of the tours if you have the time. Travel by double-decker bus enjoying the city tour along the ocean mile of Bremerhaven!
The HafenBus travels through the overseas harbors , via the impressive Container Terminal, the Automobile Terminal and the Lloyd shipyard in the northern part of the city. In the past, due to security reasons no access to this industrial-commercial terrain was not possible for visitors. The operators were afraid that curious onlookers might interfere with the container bridges and van carriers. But this problem has been solved. One of the most fascinating sections of the harbor can now be admired at close range.
Departure times: from January 1 - March 30 and from November 5, 2007
- Mo. - Fr. 02:00 p.m., if necessary additional at 04:30 p.m.
- Sa./Su./official holiday 02:00 p.m., if necessary additional at 11:00 a.m. and 04:30 p.m.
Departure times: from March 31 - November 5, 2007
- Mo. - Fr. 02:00 p.m. and 04:30 p.m.
- Sa./Su./official holiday 11:00 a.m., 02:00 p.m. and 04:30 p.m.
Station 1. Shop Window Fishery Harbour (above mentioned departure time)
Station 2. National German Maritim Museum respectively 10 minutes after departure 1.
Station 3. Gatehouse 1 respectively 30 minutes after departure 1.
- Travel duration circa 120 minutes
- Adults € 9,50
- Pensioners € 8,50
- Children/students/disabled persons € 7,00
- Families (2 adults + 2 children) € 24,00 (each additional child + € 2,50)
Tickets in the tourist information at the latest 20 minutes before departure or directly at the bus upon availability starting from 15 minutes before departure!
Important note: Visitors must hold a valid ID wihle staying in the international port area.
Mayor Smidt Memorial Church „Große Kirche”
The highest building in the town center.
The inhabitants of Bremerhaven call their seafarer church of 1855 simply „Big church” since the red, neo-gothic brick building is still the highest edifice in the town center.
In the site plan of the city at the time of its founding in 1827, a church was initially not planned. Construction was only decided in 1842. However, the first attempt to build the church failed in 1846 because of the soft marshland soil. Based on the plans of Simon Loschen, who had also designed the old lighthouse, 552 piles were rammed into the ground in 1853 in order to erect the church on this foundation with a nave and two aisles with an apse and west tower. The building was executed in red brick and decorated with coloured glazed clinker brick, the lateral facades received gothic pointed arches. The church displays many medieval details but is designed in accordance with classical principles. The ceremonial opening by mayor Smidt took place in 1855. The construction of the 86 m high tower with the concluding finial was only completed in 1970. The design of the apse displays the immense talent of the architect and master builder Loschen who made use of all available possibilities in the pediments and parapets of the choir.
A very unusual feature of the „Big church” is the fact that it is the only church in Germany which is dedicated to a (secular) mayor. The church was completely gutted in 1944. The old vicarage disappeared at the same time. The reconstruction was completed in 1960 and the church consecrated for a second time. On the western side are the sandstone figures of Christ, Luther and Zwingli which were put up in 1855 and have survived until the present day. The pleasant, light interior of the present church has nothing in common with the old church anymore. Both the construction of the original church and the rebuilding were funded to a significant extent by donations of the people of Bremerhaven.
Bremerhaven - Ships and animals
A trip from Cuxhaven brought me to the city of Bremerhaven. There we visited the zoo mainly showing animals of the cold zones of earth, like icebears and pinguines. the second sight we visited was the museum for ships. Both, the zoo and the ships museum are pretty close to eachother and therefore good to combine.
Check out the travelogues about these two places...
Another visit to Bremerhaven gave me the possibility to do a harbour cruise to have alook at the huge ships importing and exporting goods from all over the world. I am building up a travelogue about that. Some pictures are already included, but I will have to add more information as soon as time is available...
I was in Bremerhaven with the U S Navy from March 1953
to October 1955. Had a wonderful tour of duty there and have often wished I could visit again but have never made a real happening. From pictures and others
reports things have change dramatically since then!!
Loved the country and the people. Can still read and
speak the language fairly well. Picture of me when I
was there somewhere here.
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