- Bremerhaven's top sights
- Bremerhaven - what else there is to see
- Bremerhaven - Other activities
- Conclusion Bremerhaven attractions
Bremerhaven is part of the Free and Hanseatic City of Bremen. While the historic Hanseatic city of Bremen is valued worldwide, Bremerhaven leads the life of a wallflower. Wrongly as we think, the big city offers a number of interesting sights even to well-traveled visitors.
Bremerhaven's top sights
German emigration center
The German Emigration Center is one of the main attractions of Bremerhaven. In the Migration Museum, visitors travel back in time through history. On the one hand, the lavish presentations are based on the idea that visitors should authentically experience the mostly poor conditions on board the emigrant ships.
German emigration center
On the other hand, the fates of more than 7 million people who moved to the USA, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and Australia between 1830 and 1974 are examined in Bremerhaven on the basis of detailed family histories. Visitors can use two databases to research emigrated ancestors.
German Emigration Center - luggage stowed on board
The German Emigration Center is the largest adventure museum on the subject of emigration and immigration in Europe. The history of immigration to Germany has also been shown since 2012. The museum area reserved for this purpose offers a journey back in time to Germany in 1973. Several shops modeled on that time, an ice cream parlor and other objects transport visitors back in time. Overall, the museum illuminates the effects of migration using 33 individual examples.
German Emigration Center - Endless lists of names
Location: Bremerhaven, Columbusstrasse 65
Ticket price: Adults 15,80 euros - Various discounts are granted.
German Maritime Museum
The German Maritime Museum is only a few hundred meters away from the emigration center. The National Maritime Museum is an institution of the Leibnitz Association.
The collection shown in a building complex, an outdoor area and a museum harbor is used for exhibition purposes and research. The museum has an extensive maritime library. The show's highlights are a Hanseatic cog from 1380, the paddle steamer Meißen, various ship models and nautical equipment.
German Maritime Museum
In the outdoor area of the museum, along with other ships on land and at sea, the Bark Seute Deern, the deep-sea tug Seefalke or the whaling ship RAU IX can be viewed.
German Maritime Museum - Ships in the museum harbor
Note: The museum has been completely refurbished for years. There are restrictions during operation.
Location: Bremerhaven, Hans-Scharoun-Platz 1
Ticket price: Adults 6,00 euros. - Discounts are granted.
Klimahaus Bremerhaven 8 ° East
A visit to the Klimahaus Bremerhaven 8 ° Ost is almost a “must”. Along the 8th east longitude, visitors to the scientific exhibition center explore different climate zones around the world. Visitors cross five continents and visit nine locations. Among other things, they get to know the Swiss alpine pastures, the scorching heat of the Sahel zone and the freezing cold of the Antarctic. The journey leads across paradisiacal South Sea regions back to the changeable climate of northern Germany. From the West African rainforest at night to the downpour in Samoa, visitors are offered a lot on an area of 12.000 square meters.
Location: Bremerhaven, Am Längengrad 8
Ticket price: Adults over 18 years pay 17,17 euros - discounts are granted.
Sail City observation deck
With a height of 147 meters, the ATLANTIC SAIL CITY including its antenna system is the tallest building in Bremerhaven. At a height of more than 80 meters, visitors can enjoy incomparable panoramic views of the city, the Weser and the surrounding area from two viewing platforms on the 20th and 21st floors. The view extends up to 30 kilometers.
The Sail City Hotel towers over all buildings
Location: Bremerhaven, Am Strom 1 (next to the Klimahaus)
Ticket price: adults 4,00 euros.
Bremerhaven - what else there is to see
Old harbor basin
In 1830 Bremerhaven's first harbor basin, today's "Old Harbor", was completed after more than two years of work. For the working conditions at that time and the technical conditions, the short period of time was an outstanding achievement. At the present time, parts of the port are used by the German Maritime Museum as a museum harbor.
Old harbor with the three-masted barque Seute Deern
Cranes at the old port
There are various types of harbor cranes in the old harbor. A hand crank crane from 1875 is particularly striking. It is located on the outside of the German Maritime Museum.
Historic crane in front of the Seute Deern
Historical water level indicator of the German Maritime Museum
The water level indicator was installed in 1903. It was in operation until 1973. It indicated directions of flow and water levels analogously during day and night. After the introduction of electronic measuring and reporting processes, the device was taken out of service in 1973 and placed under monument protection at the beginning of the 1980s.
Historical water level indicator
Semaphore on the north pier
There is a wind indicator (semaphore) almost 20 meters high next to the entrance to the New Harbor. Its original location was the "Hohe Weg" lighthouse at the mouth of the Weser. The device also comes from the analog time. Its task was to show the seafarers the wind conditions off Borkum and Helgoland. The German Weather Service still provides the facility with updated wind data every two hours. The information is displayed optically on the semaphore.
Simon Loschen lighthouse
Bremerhaven's lighthouse, built in the north German brick Gothic style between 1853 and 1855, stands next to the lock to the New Harbor. It is one of the oldest mainland beacons.
Zoo by the sea
The focus of the smallest scientifically managed zoological garden in Europe is primarily the animals of the northern hemisphere and the water. Polar bears, seals, fur seals, penguins and arctic foxes delight visitors. The zoo is also home to lynxes, otters and waterfowl. Chimpanzees and marmosets occupy a special position. They are a reminder that seafarers occasionally brought monkeys home with them from their travels. The facility was laid out as a walkable rock landscape.
Location: Bremerhaven, Herrmann-Heinrich-Meier-Str. 7th
Ticket price: Adults 9,00 euros - discounts are granted.
Bremerhaven - Other activities
Moin Outlet Shopping Center ex Mediterraneo
A different kind of shopping center. More than 50 shops and several catering establishments are arranged around a piazza crowned by an octagonal glass dome. Visitors feel transported to a city in southern Europe. The shopping center is next to the Klimahaus.
One-hour harbor tours are organized between March 1st and November 30th. The departure point is the south quay in the New Harbor. The expertly commented trips lead to all seven overseas ports, to the traditional ships, the floating docks, the car transshipment points and the cruise ships moored at Columbuskaje.
Ready for the harbor tour
Ticket price: Adults pay 11,50 euros - discounts are granted.
Ride with the Weser ferry
The journey by car ferry to Nordenham-Blexen in Lower Saxony takes twelve minutes. In good weather conditions, the short trip over the Weser offers good views of the silhouette of Bremerhaven with the ATLANTIC SAIL CITY Hotel and the Klimahaus.
Ticket price: Adults pay EUR 4,70 for the return trip.
Day trip to Bremen
A visit to Bremen, 70 kilometers away, is also suitable as a day trip. The journey time by train is less than an hour, and there is far more to see in Bremen than in Bremerhaven. Highlights include the town hall built in the Weser Renaissance style, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the Evangelical Lutheran cathedral, the figure of the Bremen Town Musicians and the monument to Bremen's Roland. The Roland stands for the market rights and freedoms allegedly granted to Bremen.
Bremer Roland in front of a historical backdrop
Conclusion Bremerhaven attractions
Bremerhaven offers its guests a variety of impressions. The city is an underrated cruise destination.
We describe our shore excursion in Cruise diary Bremerhaven.
Update October 2020