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Useful information for excursions in Bremerhaven
In the following paragraphs, you will find information about the cruise port, the most beautiful sights and a lot of useful information for shore excursions in Bremerhaven.
The most beautiful sights in and around Bremerhaven
The port city Bremerhaven is located on the western edge of the Elbe-Weser triangle, in the northwest of Germany, about 31 miles (50 km) from Bremen. It is the largest city on the German North Sea coast and is divided into nine districts. Bremerhaven is the most important fishing port in Germany and looks back on a long tradition as a port city, which is why the city has the nickname “Fischtown” and the inhabitants the nickname “Fischköppe”.
Let the maritime flair of the port city enchant you. Worthwhile attractions for half-day or full-day excursions are waiting for you!
Klimahaus Bremerhaven 8° East
Exploring five continents and nine places in one day is not possible? Yes, it is! In the Klimahaus Bremerhaven 8° East, the knowledge and experience world of around 22,484.6 square yard (18,800 m²), you have the opportunity to go on a world tour along the 8th degree of longitude. The interactive museum deals with the countries along the 8th degree of longitude, as well as with the topics of climate change, people and weather. In the various places you will pass through, you will freeze, sweat, be amazed and meet people who tell you about their everyday life and how they are affected by climate change. Impressive room installations, elaborate media stations, living animals and a tropical flora will let you experience the climate zones of the earth up close and personal in an exciting way.
German Emigration Centre
Embark on a historical journey through time in the world of immigration and emigration. The German Emigration Centre is located in the New Harbour in Bremerhaven, a historical location from which almost 1.2 million people left for the New World until 1890. During your tour you will be introduced to 300 years of German migration history by means of 33 real family stories. You will hear the moving stories of one emigrant and one immigrant each and the reasons that led them to leave their homeland. After your tour you will have the opportunity to search for emigrated ancestors yourself. The German Emigration Centre was awarded the European Museum of the Year Award in 2007 for its innovative concept.
German Maritime Museum
Bremerhaven looks back on a long history of shipping and so it is not surprising that the Old Port is also home to the largest national shipping museum in Germany. View over 500 ships and ship models and marvel at the original Hanseatic cog from around 1380 on your tour. Multimedia stations invite those interested to follow the trade routes of the cogs in the Middle Ages and to better understand the living conditions on board the ship. In addition to the exhibition, you have the opportunity to visit the open-air museum and the museum harbour. In addition, there is a research institute connected to the museum, which is intensively engaged in the subject of shipping and also houses an extensive maritime library.
Zoo by the sea
The zoo by the sea is one of the smallest theme zoos in Germany, but there is a wide variety of different species to admire. It is located in the historic New Harbour, directly on the dyke of the Lower Weser near the Great Lighthouse. The zoo’s architectural concept focuses on lifelike landscapes to show aquatic and Nordic species such as arctic foxes, polar bears and seals in their natural habitat. On an area of around 14,352 square yard (12,000 m²) you will discover not only animals from the colder regions but also various species of birds, chimpanzees and pumas. The highlight is the daily public feeding of raccoons, sea lions and penguins.
Historical Museum Bremerhaven
Are you interested in the history of the city and would like to learn more about it? Then you should definitely visit the multi-award-winning Historical Museum Bremerhaven! Let yourself be transported back in time and learn more about the history of Bremerhaven and its surroundings on approx. 3,947 square yard (3,300 m²). The permanent exhibition, which is divided into seven departments and on two levels, shows, among other things, the most important gold find in Northern Germany and also reconstructions of a harbour pub, a fish shop or a shipyard. The museum landscape is multimedia-based and shows in an interesting way the history of past living and working worlds on the coast. In addition to the permanent exhibition, special exhibitions round off the extensive range of exhibits at the Bremerhaven Historical Museum. By the way, admission is free of charge.
Sail City viewing platform
The public viewing platform in the ATLANTIC Hotel SAIL City provides an unforgettable panoramic view at 94 yard (86 metres) above sea level over the port city of Bremerhaven, the overseas port, fishing port and the surrounding area. Circumferential glazing helps to protect the platform from the wind. With its 161 yard (147 metres) in height, the hotel is one of the highest buildings on the German North Sea coast.
Shop window fishing port
The Fischereihafen showcase is located in the more than 100-year-old Bremerhaven Fischereihafen I. Here you can feast, shop and enjoy. The promenade offers a varied range of upscale gastronomy, cosy harbour pubs, maritime shops with souvenirs, clothing or handicrafts and many different events such as the fish party or the vintage car meeting.
Map of the cruise port in Bremerhaven
The Columbus Cruise Centre Bremerhaven is the most modern passenger terminal in Europe and was already extensively rebuilt in 2003. Around 260,000 cruise passengers started their cruise from here in 2019. In the past, the port was the starting point for eight million emigrants who set off for the New World in the hope of leading a better life. The check-in and waiting area can accommodate around 4,000 passengers and 380 parking spaces are located directly at the terminal. Four cruise ships of all sizes can dock at the quay, which is approximately 1,094 yard (1,000 metres) long.
Things to know before your trip to Bremerhaven
Cruise lines and routes
Various shipping companies offer you a wide range of services. Besides Phoenix Reisen, Costa Cruises and TUI Cruises, AIDA Cruises also starts and ends at the Bremerhaven terminal. Nordland cruises are the most frequently used routes from and to Bremerhaven. TUI Cruises departs from the port city for destinations including Norway, Iceland with Scotland and the coast of Western Europe. AIDA Cruises goes to Greenland and Iceland and Costa Cruises as well as Phoenix Reisen in the direction of the Netherlands, Great Britain, Spain, Portugal, Italy, whereby Phoenix Reisen also offers trips to Scotland, Iceland and Norway’s fjords.
Entry and visa
Bremerhaven is in Germany and if you hold a British Citizen passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Germany. If you’re planning a stay of longer than 3 months, see our Living in Germany guide and contact the German Embassy if you have further questions.
In case of doubt, it is advisable to carry your passport with you. To be on the safe side, please check with your cruise line about the valid entry regulations for your cruise.
Taxi and public transport
You can easily reach the centre of Bremerhaven by public transport or by using the taxis located in front of the terminal building. The BREMERHAVEN BUS will take you from the Columbus Cruise Centre Bremerhaven in the direction of the main railway station. Adults pay € 7.00 for the Columbus ticket. Children up to and including 14 years of age travel free of charge. The tickets are available directly from the driver.
In Bremerhaven, as everywhere else in Germany, payments are made in euros. If you would like to pay cashless, you can do this with the usual credit cards.
A trip to Bremerhaven is worthwhile from May to September. In summer you can enjoy the sun on the beach at up to 21°C and use the weather for swimming in the approx. 20°C warm water. January is the coldest month of the whole year with an average temperature of 0.8°C. The main season for cruise trips in Bremerhaven is May to October.
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