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Bremerhaven

Country
Germany
State
Bremen
City
Bremerhaven
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

Bremerhaven literally ‘Bremen’s harbour’ is the seaport of the free city-state of Bremen, a federal state of Germany. It forms an enclave in the state of Lower Saxony and is located at the mouth of the River Weser on its eastern bank, opposite the town of Nordenham. Though a relatively new city, it has a long history as a trade port and today is one of the most important German ports, playing a crucial role in Germany's trade.

The town was founded in 1827, but there were settlements, such as Lehe, in the vicinity as early as the 12th century, and Geestendorf, which was "mentioned in documents of the ninth century".[2] These tiny villages were built on small islands in the swampy estuary. In 1381 the city of Bremen established de facto rule over the lower Weser stream, including Lehe, later therefore called Bremerlehe. Early in 1653 Swedish Bremen-Verden's troops captured Bremerlehe by force.



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How to Reach

By Train

Bremerhaven has three active passenger rail stations, Bremerhaven Hauptbahnhof in the city centre, Bremerhaven-Lehe north of the centre and Bremerhaven-Wulsdorf in the southern part of the city. A fourth station, Bremerhaven-Speckenbüttel near the border to Langen has been out of service since 1988, though it might reopen when the Bremen S-Bahn scheme becomes operational. Bremerhaven's central station lost its last long-distance train in 2001. Now only regional connections to Bremen, Cuxhaven, Osnabrück and Hamburg are available. The railways in Bremerhaven, however, still carry a heavy load of freight traffic, mostly new cars, containers and food.

By Road

Due to its unique geographic situation, Bremerhaven suffers from a few transportational difficulties. The city has been connected to the autobahn network since the late 1970s. The A 27 runs north-south, east of the city, connecting Bremerhaven to Bremen and Cuxhaven. Road connections to Hamburg, however, are poor. The Bundesstraße 71 and secondary roads therefore carry most of the heavy lorry traffic. A proposed solution is the construction of the A 22, the so-called Küstenautobahn (or "coastal motorway"), which would link Bremerhaven to Hamburg and Wilhelmshaven/Oldenburg (using the Weser tunnel). Roads leading to the overseas port are regularly overloaded with freight traffic, and solutions are presently being discussed, including a deep-cut road favoured by the city government and various interest groups.

Key places to visit
German Maritime Museum, Bremerhaven Radar Tower, Skyline, Overseas port of Bremerhaven, Columbus Center, Fischtown Pinguins, Alfred Wegener Institute, Tonnenhof


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Places to Visit

Bremerhaven Radar Tower

The Bremerhaven Radar Tower is a 106 metre reinforced concrete tower located in Bremerhaven, Germany. The tower, which was constructed between 1962 and 1965, accommodates numerous transmitting plants for maritime radio purposes, in addition to its radar equipment. A viewing platform is situated at the 60 metre level, and is accessible to the public.

Unlike other transmitting towers, the Bremerhaven facility belongs to the Bremerhaven Water and Shipping department and not Deutsche Telekom AG or a broadcasting corporation.

German Maritime Museum

is a museum in Bremerhaven, Germany. It is part of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Scientific Community. The main museum building was opened on 5 September 1975 by then-president Walter Scheel, though scientific work already had started in 1971. In 2000, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the museum, the Hansekogge, a ship constructed around 1380 that was found in the Weser river in the 1960s, was presented to the public after undergoing a lengthy process of conservation in a large preservative-filled basin.

Fischtown Pinguins

The Fischtown Pinguins, also known as Bremerhaven REV, are a professional hockey team in Germany's 2nd Bundesliga league.The team plays in the Eisstadion Bremerhaven.

Alfred Wegener Institute

The Alfred Wegener Institute of Polar and Marine Research is a scientific organization located in Bremerhaven, Germany. The institute was founded in 1980 and is named after revolutionary meteorologist climatologist, and geologist Alfred Wegener. The Alfred Wegener Institute is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres.

Right Time to Visit

January - June
June - August

Temperature

June - August -> 30(°C) - Summer


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