Review: Bremerhaven city tour (Germany, Free Hanseatic City of Bremen) – Near the Bremen Musicians.
The city and port of Bremerhaven (German for “Bremen harbor”), and Bremen itself with its famous fabulous musicians is sixty kilometers south of Bremerhaven. Together the two cities form the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. At the end of the 19th and the first half of the 20th century it was the location of the largest shipping company in the world. Bremerhaven is on the banks of the river Weser, which flows into the North Sea. To get to the city from the sea, the ship is anchored at the pilot station and waits for a pilot, and on his arrival, the ship sails for a few hours on the river surrounded by beautiful surroundings. The city is small even by Russian standards, with a population of over a hundred thousand. But the port is the fourth largest in Europe in terms of cargo turnover and in first place in terms of cars. More than two million cars are exported and imported through it. By the way, Bremerhaven is a sister city of Kaliningrad. The ship arrived in Bremerhaven on the eve of the May Day and, as it turned out, the first of May is a holiday in Germany and is celebrated as the International Labor Day. The ship called at the port to load the brand new wonders of the German auto industry – the BMW Z4, the Volkswagen Touareg and the Audio. “There were no Mercedes for some reason. They were supposed to load a third of the ship’s capacity here, then go to Antwerp and Southampton for extra loading, but in the end all the cars, eight thousand of them, were fully loaded in Bremerhaven. I was a little upset about Southampton, the port from which the Titanic sailed for its final journey. But we stayed in Bremerhaven for four days and had plenty of time for sightseeing.
A small part of the cars waiting to be loaded.
After lunch I decided to go into town, and the cook (a woman) and the barmaid asked to join me. Well, it was more fun to see the sights in the company of the three of us. Even before we entered the town we saw rabbits on the port area, sitting quietly on the green grass and not being afraid of people passing by.
There was a Catholic cathedral not far from the port and we decided to visit it.
There were few parishioners and they were waiting for the service to begin. In the cathedral, I noticed the gorgeous stained glass windows, typical of most Catholic churches. This futuristic building in the form of a sail is a hotel “Atlantic Hotel Sail City”, it certainly does not compare in size to the famous “Burj Al Arab Jumeirah” in the United Arab Emirates, but built earlier.
The building of the ancient lighthouse, which has lost its original purpose, now serves as one of the city’s landmarks.
And this is the Kaiserschlöse lock – hydraulic structure on rivers and seas for the transition of ships from one water basin to another with different water levels in them by filling or emptying the chambers with the alignment of water level in them with the level of the upper or lower.
During my maritime career I passed locks (mostly a hundred years old or more) in Incheon, Mumbai and other ports, By the way, there are no locks in the Suez Canal, but there are in the Panama Canal, only huge ones not comparable to these, for the passage of huge ocean-going ships. Cars are always loaded at the so-called wet dock, where you can go in and out through two big locks. I wanted to take a picture of these locks at the entrance or exit, but I was too busy.
A monument to Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, who is considered the father of modern gymnastics, founder of several gymnastics societies.
Local cafe, afternoons.
I don’t know what the monument is, let it be “One Against All.”
The ancient cathedral, Sacred Heart Church of Jesus, which we had looked into the day before.
A strange futuristic block of stone is next to the cathedral.
Well, here we get to Bremerhaven’s main attraction, the German Maritime Open-Air Museum. It is part of the German Leibniz Association.
This is a ship’s propeller. The propellers are most often made of bronze, and the numbers vertically represent the draught of the ship (distance to the keel) in feet.
And this is the ship’s steeple, standing at the stern of the ship and serving to select, tension or loosen the mooring rope, which is wrapped by the rigging around the steeple. Underneath it, i.e. below deck is an electric motor and the spire can rotate clockwise or counterclockwise, there are usually three rotation speeds.
Next to the museum is a covered, transparent pedestrian viaduct, especially needed in rainy weather, and a television tower can be seen in the background.
Many yachts with Bremerhaven flags on their masts are moored at the pier. In the background you can see the Deutsches Auswandererhaus (German emigration center), dedicated to the history of German emigration, especially to the United States, Canada and South America.
In addition to yachts, vintage ships and sailing vessels can also be seen here. Somewhere nearby is the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research.
This little vessel is called a Hanseatic cog. Christopher Columbus sailed across the Atlantic to find India on similar caravels. And the cog, built in 1380, was accidentally excavated in 1965, restored and placed here in perpetuity.
A monument to the German sailors captured by the Americans and later killed. I had to translate with an electronic translator, as there is no inscription in English.
And between the plastic palms on the territory of the German Maritime Museum hammocks are hanged and hung them not by chance, because in the last century sailors slept in hammocks, because the ships were experiencing merciless rocking and to sleep on the beds was unbearable.
Not far from the Maritime Museum is the mentioned hotel Atlantic Hotel Sail City (Sail). At the very top of the hotel there is an observation deck, the whole city and the port as if on the palm of your hand.
A small river barge, I think non-self-propelled, about a hundred years old, maybe more.
For me the most interesting piece of the maritime museum is the submarine “Wilhelm Bauer” XXI U-2540.
Why is it interesting? Because there is also a Soviet submarine S-56 in Vladivostok, only not on the water, but at the Memorial to Fallen Navy Seamen near the Pacific Fleet headquarters. It was originally cut into several compartments for this purpose, and was carefully assembled in place with welding machines and will remain in place indefinitely. As for the Wilhelm Bauer, I can’t say the same about her; she has to be towed to the dock every few years for repairs, in particular to remove corrosion, prime and paint on several layers of the underwater part of the hull. Like our C-56, the German boat has a museum inside.
The rescue steam tug Seefalke, built in 1924.
This is most likely a small fishing boat of postwar construction.
In the foreground are anti-ship mines from World War I and World War II.
A fishing boat, or possibly a passenger boat, and two anchors near it.
This is none other than a sixties whaling harpoon.
It is a hydrofoil boat, far removed from the Soviet Comets.
The three-masted sailing ship “Seute Deern”, built in 1919, with Hamburg as her port of registry. Hamburg, by the way, also has a similar sailing ship.
Even for me the construction is not clear at all, I wish I had read the explanatory plaque. Perhaps it is a top of a lighthouse with a powerful lamp and lenses.
A monument to some local famous sailor with a map in his left hand and an anchor
and some German frau. Perhaps a saleswoman – there is a weight on the right side of the cart.
I don’t know, it doesn’t look like an angel – no wings, but clearly a maiden trying to save a drowning sailor. On the right in the picture, the cook and the barmaid are talking to a Polish woman who has been working in Bremerhaven as a housekeeper for several years. The fifty-year-old Polish woman spoke Russian fluently and without an accent, was satisfied with her pay and was in no hurry to go home.
A monument to the mayor of Bremen and the founder of Bremerhaven, Johann Schmidt, who founded the city in 1827.
The pedestal has two human figures on each side. Here an enlightened German is teaching a native boy to be reasonable.
The building of the city theater, quite modest in size.
A local fountain, an alternative to the Belgian peeing boy.
An old riveted bridge over one of the arms of the Weser.
Near this bridge we saw a beer restaurant and decided to pay it a visit. We ordered beer and the traditional fried sausages (we refused the cabbage). There were not many customers, and two guys in their twenties were struggling with two “one-armed bandits”. As it turned out, they were Russians and lived in Riga and toured various cities in Germany. And what would it cost them, citizens of Latvia, a member of the European Union. Leaving Bremerhaven on May 2, having celebrated May Day the day before, at the wharf we saw two Russian steamships – the research vessel Akademik Fedorov and
fellow countryman from Vladivostok, container vessel “FESCO Vladimir”. FESCO- Far Eastern Shipping Company.
And for the appetizer. Already on the way to the North Sea we met the largest container ship in the world at that time, “Evelyn Maersk” four hundred meters long.
Today, in my opinion, container ships of half a kilometer length already plough the expanses of the world ocean. This is one of the oldest lighthouses in Europe.
I regret that there was not enough time to visit the famous zoo with sea animals on the banks of the river Weser and the no less famous climate museum. We began the long journey from the North Sea to the South China Sea with the unloading of brand new German cars first to Guangzhou, then to Shanghai via the Suez Canal Gulf of Aden with Somali pirates. If you’re wondering which cars were loaded and a little bit about Somali pirates you can read in my short review of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum.
Bremerhaven, Germany: Science and technology attractions, sea vacations, tourist reviews
Located about 50 kilometers north of Bremen, Bremerhaven, which translates as “Bremen harbor,” was founded in the 19th century as a port of the Hanseatic city and retains its function as an important international harbor covering a large area. But Bremerhaven is also a city of modern science, with several scientific institutions headed by the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research. The city has a fine selection of museums, attractions, and stores, making it an attractive tourist destination on the German North Sea coast.
Bremerhaven (Photo© Vulkan / en.wikipedia.org / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 1.0 Generic License)
What to see in Bremerhaven: Science and technology attractions
Bremerhaven has several historic buildings, the main street and the city center are almost entirely postwar. The main attractions are in the Peace Harbor (Havenwelten), the maritime quarter.
– Science and Exhibition Center, offering visitors the opportunity to take a virtual journey around the world along the 8th meridian east longitude and 172nd meridian west longitude from the North Pole. It is shaped like a boat and explores the subject of climate change over an area of 18,800 m² in three exhibition areas.
- The German Maritime Museum (Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum) has a Hanseatic Kogg from 1380, excavated in Bremen in 1965, the historic harbor (Museumshafen) with a number of ships, among them the submarine type XXI, U-2540 Wilhelm Bauer, the Seute Deern (a wooden three-masted sailing ship from 1919) and the lifeboat Seefalke, built in 1924.
- German Emigration Center (Deutsches Auswandererhaus), dedicated to the history of German emigration, especially to the United States.
- The Atlantic Hotel Sail City has a terrace for visitors on the 20th floor at a height of 77 meters. A second viewing platform at a height of 86 meters is accessible from the terrace.
- Zoo am Meer near the Weser with polar bears, sea lions, fur seals and Humboldt penguins.
What to do in Bremerhaven: Leisure activities at sea
- View cruise ships up close from the Columbus Cruise Center gallery (check the Columbus Cruise Center website for ship arrivals).
- Be enchanted by the park idyll at Thieles Garden (Thieles Garten) with many sculptures along several ponds, old villages and exotic plants, the “Moorish House” gallery.
- Sunbathe, build sandcastles, relax in a lounge chair, play beach volleyball in Weserstrandbad. Grab a bite to eat at the Seaside Restaurant and have a drink at the Luv und Lee beach bar.
Where to eat and drink in Bremerhaven
- Fisch 2000 – fish variety in the fish port (in hall VI 2): fried fish (perch, pollack, cod, etc.) with side dishes, fish cutlets, sandwiches with salmon, crabs, smoked halibut, eel and many other delicacies.
- Opposite the fish port restaurant “Natusch” with its cuisine attracts everybody – port workers and businessmen, pensioners and young people, and of course tourists. Large portions at reasonable prices.
Reviews of tourists about Bremerhaven:
- A cozy and interesting town that is a must visit, especially if you are in Bremen.
- Incredible climate museum that amazes adults and children alike!
- A charming zoo on the shores of the North Sea. Mostly you can see the inhabitants of the seas, although there are other animals such as monkeys. At certain hours there are shows. The area with excellent infrastructure, there is a cafe and a playground, modeled in the form of a ship that washed ashore.
A video about the city of Bremerhaven can be seen below:
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