Welcome to Breezy Bremerhaven!
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Bremerhaven, Germany. It was last September when I visited Bremerhaven for the first time. I was craving to see some water so I decided to take a train up north. When I arrived, the city was basking in sea breeze and sun.
I became immensely excited! By the way, the name Bremerhaven means “Bremen’s harbour”, thus this city is an extension of the city-state of Bremen.
Life’s A Beach
The beach, or der Strand, can be reached on foot from the Bremerhaven main train station.
I was expecting that I could sit by the sea and just breathe in the sea breeze from the north. So I leisurely walked on and marvelled at the views. Bremerhaven is a small, young city benefitting from port activities. Everywhere you go, the sea seems to call you.
I kept walking for a good fifteen to twenty minutes and then I saw the ships. Well, museum-ships, actually. The ships that I saw belonged to the nearby German Maritime Museum. One of them, the Seute Deern, is a restaurant-ship made in the USA.
I felt instantly in awe when I saw the U-boat for the first time. This particular submarine served during the Second World War under Nazi Germany. Today, after being decommissioned in the 1980s, it serves a museum-ship protected by the German Maritime Museum.
And then, the beach. It may look like a beach, but it is actually mouth of a river.
The water in front of me is the mouth of the Weser. The sea is still kilometres away from where I was. I love the view, despite the water not being blue, partly because it was silting and windy that time. According to a friend, the water was blue last summer. But, nevertheless, I enjoyed . I stayed by the beach to just think and look around. Having seen this body of water — a mouth of a river, at the least — made me feel better. The tropical person in me has been made content, even by sitting by the river.
Thankfully, weather cooperated with me at the time. So it was sunny and bright, but chilly because of the sea breeze.
How to Enjoy Bremerhaven In One Day
If you feel like walking along the stretch of the beach besides meditating by it, here are a few places you can visit:
• German Maritime Museum. You may see their outdoor ship collection while walking to the beach, but it’s best that you come inside the museum building for their expansive, interactive exhibits. Admission fee is EUR 6. Open daily from 10am to 6pm during the months of April to October. The museum is open same time on Tuesdays to Sundays during November to March, but the museum harbour is closed in winter.
• German Emigration Centre. This museum is dedicated to telling 300 years’ worth of stories of emigration from Europe to America, and immigration to Germany. Just like the German Maritime Museum, the German Emigration Centre presents an interactive journey for visitors. Admission price is EUR 14,50.
• Klimahaus 8° Ost. Here’s another interactive exhibition centre dedicated to exploration, climate, and climate change. A must-see for climate science fans! Admission price is EUR 16.
• Bremerhaven Zoo/ Zoo am Meer. If you’re into polar bears and seals, this place is for you. Entrance fee is EUR 9.
• Atlantic SAIL City Viewing Platform. On the 20th and 21st floors of the Atlantic SAIL City Bremerhaven is a look-out deck 90 metres above sea level. You can enjoy unobstructed 180° view of the city and the sea. Entrance fee is EUR 3. Maximum stay on the viewing platform is 30 minutes.
• Das Mediterraneo. If you’re looking to shop till you drop, here’s a mall where you can do so in peace. Mall hours are from 10am to 7pm, and restaurants hours are from 10am to 9pm, Mondays to Saturdays.
Bremerhaven is truly a wonderful city blessed with the breeze! I’m hoping you’ll include Bremerhaven in your itinerary! For now, I’ll leave you with a photo of the Atlantic SAIL City by the Weser.