Bremerhaven is located in the federal state of Bremen. The city is situated in the Elbe-Weser triangle, where the Weser flows into the North Sea. Therefore, it is not actually situated directly on the North Sea but this is what is always said. The estuary lies a few kilometers away from the city border and also the border between continental waters and the Seestraße lies a few kilometers north of the city´s border. The maritime city of Bremerhaven has one of the largest European harbours and it is an important centre for export for the entire Federal Republic of Germany.
The eastern city centre crosses the A 27. If you take the exit to the centre, you arrive at the city centre of Bremerhaven in no time.
For journeys via plane. Ideally you would choose Bremen airport. You can reach the city centre via the A 27 in less than one hour. Alternatively you can take the train from the airport, the rail services between Bremen and Bremerhaven run on a regular basis.
Bremerhaven is divided up into 9 urban districts. They then all divide again into towns. Every district has its own unique character. Leherheide is a very interesting place for the inhabitants of Bremerhaven. After the Second World War, several residential neighbourhoods were established here and almost all of which were modernised in recent years. There is enough residential space available. In order to make the place more attractive and to also make it interesting for people, various green spaces were built in recent years.
The district of Fischereihafen is characterised by the harbour and by trade. Only around 250 inhabitants live here despite the fact that an area of 450 hectares belongs to the district. It is a destination for many tourists because the Schaufenster Fischereihafen mit dem Atlanticum “Showcase Fishery Harbour with the Atlanticum” is situated here and it is well-known far beyond the city´s boundaries.
A city, for which its proximity to the sea is so important, also has the most tourist attractions to offer relating this theme. The landmark of Bremerhaven is a lighthouse. The Loschenturm „Loschen Tower“ or the building named the old lighthouse or the large lighthouse, is the oldest active lighthouse on the mainland of the North Sea. It is situated on the North side of the new harbour and it is almost 40 meters high. The building of the lighthouse took place between 1853 and 1855. In the year 1856, the lighthouse was put into operation. During the Second World War, the residential building located near to the tower was destroyed but the lighthouse remained untouched. Since the 1960´s, the Loschenturm has shared the burden of work with a classical red-white lighthouse.
The Columbus Center is a centre for tourists at the harbour. Several shops and restaurants have popped up here. The Seute Deern at anchor is located close to the building. The ship which dates back from the year 1919, has been anchored in front of many harbours. During the Second World War it was elaborately restored and refurbished. After the Second World War, the boat was given the task of a cargo carrying training ship. Since 1966, the Seute Deern has sat in front of Bremerhaven and since 1972 it has belonged to the Deutschen Schifffahrtmuseum “German Maritime Museum”.
Culturally speaking, there are also a lot of themes relating to fish in Bremerhaven. With the Atlanticum, an adventure centre was created on this topic. It is located in the old fishing harbour and it was laboriously restored so that people can experience the art and culture of the city. The Atlanticum houses an aquarium amongst other things and it holds 150000 litres of water. Thus you can get a glimpse of the water world from the side or underneath. In the seawater aquarium you will find habitants of the North Sea and the North Atlantic such as plaice, lobster and also cat sharks.
The Deutschen Schifffahrtmuseum „German Maritime Museum“ is also well worth a visit. It is located in the Weser Dyke and it gives you an insight into German maritime history with its 8000 square meter installation area including the open spaces. Here you can directly touch the shipping and thus you will be able to witness it at first hand. Several historical ships, many documents, slides, sea maps and records are exhibited.
A real tourist attraction is the restaurant Treffpunkt Kaiserhafen at the Kaiserhafen III. It calls itself the „last pub before New York“ and „the almost seaworthy sailor´s pub”. Where else can you eat and drink as though you yourself were on board a ship? It has maritime furnishing, the food is better than in a sailor´s pub, it is fish first and foremost. However, you can also get meat dishes such as the regional lobscouse.
Also the fishing harbour restaurant – Natusch, which is located in the fishing port, is well-known far beyond the city. It is a gourmet restaurant that is ranked time and again as the best restaurant for the surrounding area. You will predominantly find fish specialties on the menu but you will be able to find meat on the menu. You can order a pork schnitzel including side orders for less than 20 euros.