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Bremerhaven: maritime museums and benevolent spirits

Seafaring is an integral part of Bremerhaven's past and present. Indeed it was the ambitious sailing voyages of the early 19th century that led to the founding of the town in 1827. Today Bremerhaven preserves a great deal of Germany's maritime heritage as a shipbuilding centre, international port and setting for important museums, research institutes and cultural organisations.

From Bremerhaven to the New World
The city of Bremen, situated 60 kilometres upriver from the coast, required a sea port and so purchased land from the Kingdom of Hannover, where it then proceeded to build a harbour basin. The docks continued to grow and the young town became a major port for fishing and international shipping. Leading the way was the service from Bremerhaven to New York, which was operated by Bremen's celebrated Norddeutscher Lloyd company with huge passenger liners. Millions of emigrants hoping to find better lives in the USA or South America said their final farewell to the old continent in Bremerhaven. For many, the last glimpse of land would have been the Brinkamahof lighthouse, which then stood outside the borders of the town. In 1980 it was moved six kilometres to the fishing harbour to become a new Bremerhaven landmark and also the town's smallest bar.

Lighthouses and many other aspects of maritime life are the subject of the Historical Museum of Bremerhaven. The building – an attraction in itself with its bold, visionary architecture – is situated in one of the prettiest parts of the town, right in the centre but in a quiet, leafy spot. Adopting a modern, interactive concept, it explores the past, present and future of an entire region through realistic, multifaceted exhibitions. The museum opened in 1906, marked its centenary in 2006 and continues to be a leading attraction in the town.

A benevolent spirit for sailors in days gone by

Bremerhaven is also home to the mythical Klabautermann who protects sailors at sea. This diminutive character can be seen in a fountain close to the German Maritime Museum. According to folklore this barely two-foot tall imp is the spirit of someone who died and whose soul took up residence in a tree. Should this tree become a mast of a ship, the spirit will become a Klabautermann and watch over the ship and the crew, even if it can occasionally lose its temper. An endearing legend – and one that could surely only have originated in a maritime town such as Bremerhaven.

Events
Enjoy the wonderful Christmas atmosphere in the North.

From November 26th to December 23rd, 2018 the beautifully decorated Bremerhaven City Center presents it's Christmas Market. 

While enjoying a warm mulled wine let yourself be inspired by the festive atmosphere of the Christmas program and take in the aroma of candied fruit, cotton candy and other delicacies offered at the many wooden stalls.

Upcoming dates:

28.11.2019 - 22.12.2019

Venue

Große Kirche/ Theodor-Heuss-Platz
Bürgermeister-Smidt-Straße
27568 Bremerhaven
Fon: 0471/ 80936 160

Organiser

Erlebnis Bremerhaven GmbH
H.-H.-Meier-Str. 6
27568 Bremerhaven
Fon: 0471 414141
Fax: 0471 80936 190
touristik@erlebnis-bremerhaven.de
http://www.bremerhaven.de

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

The stars of Bremerhaven Festival Week are ships from all corners of the globe – from motor boats to historical sailing vessels. 

Ship captains are on hand to take you aloft – and you'll hear a few entertaining sailor's yarns. Back on dry land, you can enjoy the biggest festivities on the North Sea coast with over 100 stalls around the Harbour Worlds complex. Bremerhaven's excellent international credentials will be on show at the Europadorf, where the city's twin towns will be presenting.

Upcoming dates:

12.08.2020 - 16.08.2020

Venue


Alter und Neuer Hafen
27570 Bremerhaven

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.
Every five years the „Queens of the Seas“ set course for the Seaside City. When the impressive sails can be seen on the horizon, this is the start of the SAIL Bremerhaven.

From August 12-16, 2020 during the "SAIL Bremerhaven 2015" Bremerhaven becomes the "Windjammer Capitol". More than 200 traditional sail-, steam- and motor vessels from over 20 nations invite you on board during open ship or cast off on one of the many offered sail trips. With an abundance of activities and events on land, at sea and in the air, satisfying all maritime wishes.

Upcoming dates:

19.08.2020 - 23.08.2020

Venue

Havenwelten Bremerhaven
Am Alten und Neuen Hafen Bremerhaven
27568 Bremerhaven
Fon: 0471/ 80936 100
Fax: 0471 80936 190
touristikservice@erlebnis-bremerhaven.de
www.bremerhaven.de

Organiser

Erlebnis Bremerhaven GmbH
H.-H.-Meier-Str. 6
27568 Bremerhaven
Fon: 0471 80936 100
Fax: 0471 80936 190
touristikservice@erlebnis-bremerhaven.de
http://www.bremerhaven.de

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

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