Bremen becomes a hub for all things nautical during the Maritime Festival, which takes place on the river Weser from 14 to 22 September 2013. Over the weekend, in particular, visitors are invited to discover the maritime heart of this Hanseatic city. The festivities begin with an atmospheric procession of motorboats festooned with lanterns, followed by a fireworks spectacular high above the Weser. Sailing enthusiasts young and old have their pick of events all weekend long. There's a maritime market, live music, activities out on the water and even a chance to see inside various historical or working ships – what more could a mariner wish for? The highlight is always the huge flotilla featuring ships of every kind.