Bremerhaven, a city at the seaport of the city of Bremen, is situated at the mouth of the River Weser on the North Sea.
While it’s a relatively new city (founded in the early 19th century), it has a long history as an international harbour, and today functions as one of Germany’s most important trading ports.
The seaside city festival will transform the city of Bremerhaven into a paradise for boat lovers. An impressive array of ships of all shapes and sizes, motor boats and yachts, and a colourful programme of events will take place in the new spectacular Harbour Worlds district of Bremerhaven (still under construction). There’ll also be acrobats, street food, maritime crafts, live music, as well as activities to entertain both young and old.
Have a chat with sailors from around the world and get a fascinating insight into life on board a the daily ‘open ship’ event.
While most ships stay at the harbour for the duration of the festival, two of them offer daily excursions. The red-sailed brig, ‘Eye of the Wind’, and the ‘Albert Johannes’ will set sail between 23rd and 26th May for excursions during the day and evening. Tickets for this romantic experience are available from the Bremerhaven tourist information office or online at: https://bremerhaven.reservix.de/p/reservix/group/249600 or https://bremerhaven.reservix.de/p/reservix/group/287873.
Note: In Germany, shops are generally closed on a Sunday. However, during the seaside city festival, many retailers will be open in Bremerhaven’s city centre.
Programme of events:
23rd – 26th May: Open ship events on participating boats.
24th – 26th May: Introduction of Bremerhaven’s twin cities.
26th May: Many retailers open up in the city centre (1-6pm). (https://www.bremerhaven.de/en/tourism/shopping-gastronomy/sunday-opening-times.23608.html)
Some ships will leave the harbour on Sunday.
The festival area (Havenwelten and the city centre) is around a 15-minute walk from Bremerhaven train station.
The closest major airport to Bremerhaven is Bremen (BRE/EDDW); 69 km from the centre of Bremerhaven (approximately 40 minutes by car).
By train, take the tram from the airport to Bremen Hauptbahnhof central station, (line 6, 20 minutes), and change onto the regional train to Bremerhaven (45 minutes). For times check www.bahn.de or https://www.rome2rio.com/s/Bremen-Airport-BRE/Bremerhaven.
From Hamburg airport, the train journey takes just under three hours with two changes. It’s approximately a two-hour drive.
Flights from the UK to Bremen:
From London Stansted to Bremen with Ryanair (www.ryanair.com)
Flights from the UK to Hamburg:
FlyBmi from Bristol, EasyJet from London Gatwick and Manchester, British Airways from London Heathrow and Eurowings from London Heathrow.
While in Bremerhaven you may like to visit:
- One minute you are feeling hot in the Sahara Desert, and the next you are walking through sub-zero temperatures in the Arctic, before finding yourself on a pacific island. Absolutely brilliant. Why not visit the Meteorological Centre ‘Klimahaus’, and experience our planet’s different climate zones for yourself, and find out how you can prevent climate change? https://www.klimahaus-bremerhaven.de/en.html?no_cache=1
- The German Emigration Centre is a museum dedicated to the history of German emigration, especially to the United States. It is Europe’s largest emigration museum. Visitors can experience the emigration process through interactive exhibits.