Bremerhaven Things to Do

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    8th degree longitude

    by christine.j Updated Sep 21, 2012

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    on an Pacific island - I think this bear got lost

    Even more impressive, at least for me:
    The Klimahaus.
    Since Bremerhaven is on the 8th degree longitude, visitors in the Klimahaus follow this 8th degree around the globe. In Switzerland you get to melk a cow, then cross a glacier - this room is very, very cold. But once we were in Africa, I longed to be back on the glacier, it was unbelievably hot.
    In the Pacific you see, hear and even smell the ocean, on the Hallig back in Europe you can stand in the middle of these tiny islands and watch the tide come in until your feet get wet.

    I had checked what people said about the two museums, and many had complained about the Klimahaus,saying it was too expensive and the staff were very unfriendly. That's not what we experienced at all. Everybody was very friendly, the museum is extremely interesting and well worth the money.
    Entrance fee was 14 Euro per adult.

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    Emigration Museum

    by christine.j Written Sep 21, 2012

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    Each visitor in the Auswandererhaus is assigned an emigrant and can follow his/her way into a new country, from the moment of saying good-bye to one's family and friend to the arrival in the unknown.
    All these are real stories of real emigrants, not some fiction.

    What impressed me most was the difference between third and first class on the big ocean liners which brought people across the Atlantic.

    Entrance fee is 12,30 Euro per adult.

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    Take a Bus Tour of the Harbor Area

    by ringleader Updated Apr 4, 2011

    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

    Entrance fees/Conditions:
    - 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.

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    The National German Maritime Museum

    by ringleader Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Schiff and Columbia Center

    Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum

    In connection with the collections of the museum and the historic surroundings, the park-like area with its large maritime objects on land and the vintage ships of the museum fleet in the Old Harbor forms a unique ensemble of German maritime history. The attractions of the German National Maritime Museum range from the world`s oldest boat and the Technical Museum Submarine „Wilhelm Bauer” to the only remaining Hansa cog of the Medival Era. The museum owns more than 500 model ships, including splendid, magnificent sailing ships intended to conquer colonies. Impressive whalers, two-masters and three-masters that carried the emigrants to their new homeland can also be admired. The new extension should not be overlooked either. Since 2000, it houses collections on the history of polar and marine research, fishing and whaling, raw materials from the sea, as well as the traditional craft of building boats from wood.

    Opening hours:
    - April 1 - October 31 daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    - November 1 - March 31, Tuesday - Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed on Mondays)
    Entrance fees:
    - Adults € 6,00
    - Pupils/students/pensioners/unemployed persons/soldiers doing their basic military service/disabled persons with an official identity card € 4,00
    - Children (above 5 years)/young persons (below 18 years) € 4,00
    - Families (parents and children up to and including 17 years of age) 3-6 persons € 12,50
    - Special tariff for primary and secondary school groups accompanied by their teachers; per person € 2,00

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    Simon-Loschen Lighthouse

    by ringleader Updated Apr 4, 2011
    Simon-Loschen Lighthouse, Bremerhaven

    One of the most famous landmarks of Bremerhaven.

    The oldest mainland lighthouse on the North Sea coast is still in service today and certainly one of the most beautiful lighthouses anywhere. It was built in 1853 by Simon Loschen, the architect of the Mayor Smidt memorial church. The lighthouse is a successful synthesis of the architectural styles of North German brick Gothic and concessions to the requirements of the age of technology. The lock leading to the New Harbor is located below the lighthouse.

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    Walk along "almost" North Sea to the Lighthouse

    by ringleader Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Bremerhaven Promenade

    Stroll along Bremerhaven’s Weser dyke – where the river Weser is almost the North Sea – between the harbors and the Geeste and enjoy incomparable views.

    This is the harborside promenade that runs in front of the Columbusstrasse where you'll find shopping at the Columbus Center, the history of German-American emigration, and the National Maritime Museum.

    Also, it is a very close, few-minute walk to the city center where there is a pedestrian-only zone and the Big Church built in the Late 1800's right along with the old lighthouse and the entire New Harbor.

    This Arial photo is from the Bremerhaven Tourist Website and shoes the promenade to the left of the boat, the lock (center), and the Simon lighthouse (right). Up a short way to the left would be the Maritime Museum, the Columbus Center, and the Emigration Museum.

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    Schifffahrtsmuseum (National Maritime Museum)

    by chancay Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Wonderful museum with a lot of history infop about german and worldwide shipping. There are a lot of ship models and also an outside area with some real ships to visit. Besides there is the "Hanse- Kogge", worldwide the only exemplar exisiting, found more than 40 years ago (10-8-1962) on the ground of the river Weser it is now after 18 years in a conservating bath for restauration to visit. The ship has been constructed originally around the year 1380. Most complicate has been first to rebuild the ship out of the more than 2000 pieces and second to conservate the wood.

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    Technikmuseum U-Boot Wilhelm Bauer

    by Mandy23 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    You could visit the Technikmuseum U-Boot 'Wilhelm Bauer'.

    The submarine 'Wilhelm Bauer' (ex U 2540) is a technical monument. It´s the only remaining submarine of type XXI. For detailed information (in German) about the submarine, you could have a look here:
    http://www.dsm.de/DSM/3ubor.htm

    The height inside of the submarine is perfect to get yourself some colourful bumps if you don't take care ;-)

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    Find emmigrated relatives

    by gubbi1 Updated Jul 18, 2009
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    Bremerhaven was one of the main ports for emmigration in the 19th and early 20th century. The historic museum in Bremerhaven provides two terminals for online research in a database holing around 4.000.000 entries. But as you are already sitting in front of an online-PC, why not using their online database.
    Follow the link below to the online database which is available in German and English. Maybe you can find relatives of yours. Good luck!

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    German Emigration Museum

    by ringleader Updated Jul 1, 2007
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    DEUTSCHES AUSWANDERERHAUS

    This is a fantastic museum that shows the journey of emigrants to USA from the Bremerhaven port. Our ancestors came to the US from this very area, so this museum is particularly special to us. Our German relative visited here and couldn't say enough good things about his experience here. There is even a ship you board in the museum!

    There are cards that are available in several languages which you swipe through the stations at this walk-through museum.

    There is also a restaurant in the museum.

    "Between 1830 and 1974, more than 7 million people emigrated overseas via Bremerhaven. The historical location of the old harbor / new harbor is the site of the German Emigration Center, Europe`s largest adventure museum on the subject of emigration. While you wander through two centuries in the exhibition, they tell you the life stories of emigrants and their descendants in the America of today. Extensive reconstructions and multi-media sets give you a fascinating, close-up experience of emigration. In addition, the German Emigration Center presents topical aspects of global migration and allows you to personally initiate a search for emigrated ancestors. Our youngest visitors find their own experience on the subject of emigration and travel in the Kid`s World. The restaurant and café „Speisesaal” invites you to relax and enjoy culinary highlights from the Old and New World, even if you are not visiting the exhibition. The shop offers a broad selection of books, specialties and beautiful things for young and old."

    The opening hours of the German Emigration Center are from April – October from Sunday- Friday 10- 18 o’clock and Saturday from 10- 19 o’clock. From November- March from Sunday- Friday 10- 17 o’clock and Saturday from 10- 18 o’clock. The Ticket costs 9 euros for adults and reduced 7,50 euros.

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    Fishery Harbor

    by ringleader Updated Feb 5, 2007

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    This „mile“ in the historic part of Bremerhaven`s Fishery Harbor Has restaurants, cafés, bistros, pubs, maritime shops, the Forum Fischbahnhof with the seawater aquarium Atlanticum, the seafish cooking studio and many other attractions.

    A maritime attraction, unique in Northern Germany, is located in the historic part of the more than 100-year-old Bremerhaven Fishery Harbor: the Shop Window Fishery Harbor. Upscale restaurants and cosy harbor pubs are located next to each other in the former Packhalle IV.

    Here you also have a chance to observe how the smoking of fish is carried out. A great variety of seafood is not only sold and eaten here, but in the Seafish cooking studio they'll also give you valuable hints on how to prepare it properly at home.

    See flounder, rays, dogfish, etc. close up in the seawater aquarium.

    In the nearby harbor basin, the last German side trawler FMS „Gera“ provides you with an insight into the drudgery of the fishermen, the authentic potato ship „Hansa“, the popular harbor cruises, and the new bicycle station with Tourist Information complement this tourist area.

    In the evening, you can enjoy a varied cultural program in the TiF, the Fishery Harbor Theatre.

    Open year-round

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    The Sea-Side Zoo

    by ringleader Written Feb 5, 2007

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    Zoo am Meer Bremerhaven GmbH

    An experience for young and old. Eye to eye with polar bears, seals, penguins, etc. On land with a view of the ocean or through huge underwater windows.

    There are polar bears, polar foxes, common seals, fur seals and penguins in settings created to imitate their natural habitat. Underwater views allow you to see penguins flying under water, diving polar bears and gliding seals. Seamen brought monkeys with them to the city from their foreign travels – so, they must also have their place in the harbor zoo.

    Children have the chance to playfully compete with the skills of the animals on parallel adventure trails or to explore the small adventure playground. You can also relax on the terrace with a cup of coffee and enjoy the endless expanse of the ocean – not an everyday view!

    Visitors can also see the animal feedings and the seal training.

    Opening hours:
    - April – September from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    - March/October from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    - November – February from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Entrance fees:
    - Adults € 6,50
    - Children (aged 4-14) € 3,50
    - Pupils/students € 4,50
    - Dog (at short line) € 1,00
    Each Monday is family day:
    - Adults € 5,00
    - Children € 2,50
    - Pupils/students € 3,50
    Groups price on request.

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    Mayor Smidt Memorial Church „Große Kirche”

    by ringleader Updated Feb 4, 2007

    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.

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    Lock of the New Harbor at Bremerhaven's North Sea

    by ringleader Updated Feb 4, 2007

    Schleuse Neuer Hafen

    The first dock lock leading from the Weser to New Harbor caused a sensation around the world in 1852. The rebuilding of the year 2005 is in no way inferior to the original. The difference: the lock built between 1874 and 1852 could only be used during high tide; the new chamber lock with sector gates and swing bridges which was completed after 27 months of constructions is ultra-modern and technically unique worldwide. This should especially please weekend skippers who will now find a fast route from the New Harbor to the river Weser or to the harbor with their sailing or motor yachts. Nevertheless, the Lock New Harbor is not a pure ´sports-boat lock´ but suited to accommodate all ships that fit into the lock chamber measuring 50 x 14 metres. And in good weather, the length of the lock can even be extended to 62.50 m. The double front of the lock to seaside then becomes a single gate pair or sector pair.

    Dimensions:
    - usable length: 50.00 or 62.50 m
    - usable width: 14.00 m
    - depth: 5.50 to 6.50 m sea level
    Usage:
    - lock times 10 min to 45 min, depending on occupancy and water level difference
    - highest water level for lock operation = sea level + 2.80 m
    - lowest water level for lock operation = sea level - 3.00 m
    Operating times:
    - year-round
    - during the season from 01. May - 30. September daily from 06:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    - outside of the season from October - April daily from 10:00 a.m. to 03:00 p.m.
    - outside from the season at core times the lock also works on order

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    A Boat Tour with HaRuFa Maritime Tourismus GmbH

    by ringleader Written Feb 4, 2007

    At the new harbour (built in 1850) 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.



    For the harbour tour by boat please email or visit their webiste for information on prices and tours.

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