About 40 miles up the River Weser, where the river empties into the North Sea, you'll find the relatively new city of Bremerhaven. Literally meaning 'Bremen's Harbour', this important port has a long maritime history and is a great place to visit on a day trip from Bremen. Major attractions such as the German Emigration Center, the Climate House 8° East, the German Maritime Museum and the Zoo at the Sea can all be found within the newly revitalised Havenwelten district. Why not head up to the viewing platform at the top of Atlantic Hotel SAIL City for fantastic views of the city and out to sea.
The Shop Window Fishery Harbor is another area worth checking out. Along this mile of restaurants, bars and other attractions, you will be able to sample some of the fresh fish caught in Bremer Haven. You can also learn about the trawlermen of the past on board the ship 'FMS Gera' and even see how to prepare your own fish at home in the Seafish Cooking Studio.
Did you know?
Seaside City Festival - Shore Leave Bremerhaven takes place from May 23rd – 26th. The four-day event features live music, street food, maritime traditions and an ‘open ship’ policy on many of the vessels.
- Flight time from London: 1hr 25min
- Bremen Airport: 69km from the city centre; transfer time about 55 min
- Nearest railway station: Bremerhaven Hauptbahnhof
- Currency: Euro
German Maritime Museum
See just how important sea trade was and is to this area and get an insight into life at sea, in this fascinating museum. It also includes a harbour full of original ships.
German Emigration Center
Located on the very spot from which emigrant ships once departed, the award-winning museum allows you to experience the stations of emigration hands-on as well as understand immigration to Germany over the past 300 years.
Zoo at the Sea
Home to polar bears, penguins and seals, this wildlife attraction focuses on animals who live their lives at sea. There are however chimpanzees which sailors used to bring home from their travels.
This unique attraction allows you to travel around the world along the 8th longitude and experience the climates found in some of the most extreme places on Earth.
Restaurant PIER 6
Pier 6 is the ideal spot to enjoy the stunning waterside views of Bremerhaven. Here you can enjoy an every changing menu of the freshest cuisine including local seafood and steaks.
This lovely restaurant has a warm and cosy atmosphere for you to enjoy lunch and dinner. Choose from a variety of locally caught seafood and indulgent steak dishes.
2018 marks 60 years since Elvis Presley landed in Bremerhaven. The King arrived here in 1958 having joined a tank battalion in the Second World War. Here are a few attractions that are commemorating this event.
- There is a plaque on the Columbus Quay, where he first set foot on October 1, 1958
- The Historical Museum's permanent exhibition always displays the arrival of Elvis Presley in 1958 in Bremerhaven.
They show film excerpts of the arrival and a jukebox with Elvis records is also displayed.
- The German Emigration Center also used this topic for their presentations for the „Long Night of Cultures“.
Here a theme wall is still on display until the end of the year with the following bi-lingual text:
Elvis at the Columbus quay
"Muss i denn, muss i denn, zum Städtele hinaus..." - this song often sounded between 1927 and 1974 at the Columbus quay in Bremerhaven.
It was a place of farewell where millions of migrants boarded ships to find a new home in the distance. For example German emigrants, Eastern
European Jews or wives and friends of the American GIs. The scene, which took place here on October 1, 1958, was not a moment of farewell,
on the contrary: Bremerhaven welcomed the "King of Rock 'n' Roll". Elvis Presley entered German soil at Columbuskaje to do his military service
in Friedberg, Hesse. The song "Muss i denn ...", which for many people was closely connected with the "quay of tears", Elvis liked so much that he took
it back to the US. It became known as the "Wooden Heart".