See food? See port? Take a day and visit Bremerhaven if you’re in the area!
Founded as a city in 1827, this port belongs to Bremen, but was a settlement since way back in the 12th century. As Bremen isn’t exactly by-the-sea, Bremerhaven functioned as it’s North sea port, and entry gate to the Weser river, on which ships and good were transported the few miles inland to Bremen.
Bremerhaven became an important European emigration junction, as millions of mostly Germans, but also other European nationalities left for Northern and Southern Americas from Bremerhaven in late 19th and early-to-mid 20th century. The German Emigration Center, the largest emigration museum in Europe, bares witness to the amounts of people looking for a better life abroad. The museum is definitively worth a couple of hours of your visit, as it quite cleverly activates you in the emigration process from back in the days.
Another museum worthy of your time and money is the Climate House Bremerhaven 8 degrees East, which offers you a walk through every single climate zone present around the earth at the 8 degree longitude.
What’s best about Bremerhaven is, in my opinion, it’s walkability. For those that have read a few of my posts, this is the common denominator – I like to walk, a lot, for extended periods of time. I’m a wanderer. And I like to see as much as possible on my walks.
Even though Bremerhaven is a small (geographically, population-wise and tourist-wise alike) town, it offers a few miles of beachfront walkways as well as a walkable high street. Being a modern city, that grew up around the port right after WWII, Bremerhaven offers very little historic buildings – what it does offer in means of history, are the amazing ships.
I’m not a maritime person, but I got pretty much starstruck before these giants.
You have your XXI U-boat (Elektroboote), the first submarine designed to be primarily submerged at all times, instead of as it’s predecessors, being a surface vessel that could be submerged if needed be.
Then you have the Hansekogge from 1380, a shipwreck from the Weser river, the Seute Deern and the Seefalke from 1924 – not to forget the ice breaker Elbe 3. All open to the public – tickets available onboard each individual ship.
And, of course – all these statues. Feels like lately, I’ve been stalked by a lifeless, inanimate objects. They were all over Bremen. They were all over Skopje. They probably creep up to my bedroom windows at night and stare at me with their dead, inanimate eyes… but they are pretty, so here’s a compilation.
Bremerhaven is nice to walk in. To sit down on the embankment and enjoy the sun. To grab a beer at any of the waterfront cafés and watch people enjoy life. On a sunny day, Bremerhaven slows you down, reminds you to just breathe and be for a moment. And that is lovely.
And for me, that was just what the doctor ordered!