Bremerhaven is the largest city on the German North Sea coast. Ever since it was founded in 1827, Bremerhaven has been characterised as a north German centre for business and investment by water and proximity to the sea. Today Bremerhaven ranks as the largest fishing port of Europe, one of the continent’s leading traditional shipbuilding complexes, a major seaport for world trade, a centre for scientific research, and an increasingly attractive and dynamic regional metropolis with a population of 114,000, which is now rapidly making a name for itself as a maritime tourist destination and holiday center.
Maritime tourism is a core activity, and a new economic factor for Bremerhaven as a location. With the Havenwelten tourist quarter – which includes the Climate House Bremerhaven 8° East (Klimahaus Bremerhaven 8° Ost), the German Emigration Center, the Mediterraneo shopping mall, the German Maritime Museum, the Museum Harbour, the Sail City Hotel with the look-out-platform, and the popular Zoo at the Sea – Bremerhaven offers its guests a world of maritime knowledge and adventure. Events such as the international Windjammer Festival SAIL and the maritime Festival Week, together with the arcade in the city centre, which was completely rebuilt in 2002, many new catering businesses and shopping opportunities, and the Shop Window Fishery harbor (Schaufenster Fischereihafen) in the south of the city, all attract over 1.5 m visitors every year. Over the last 10 years, Bremerhaven has been given a facelift – innovative ideas, offers and concepts that further expand and enhance the tourism profile of the city are always welcome.