Waterways of interest – Germany

Main tourist attractions, routes or businesses

In Bremerhaven maritime flair unites with adventure and  knowledge worlds, and a great variety of fish and shopping enjoyment. In the tourism area Havenwelten Bremerhaven (Harbor Worlds) you enjoy fantastic attractions and an exciting means of transferring knowledge in the Climate House Bremerhaven 8° East, in the National German Maritime Museum, in the Zoo at the Sea and in the German Emigration Center, awarded as „European Museum of the Year 2007“.The Havenwelten reaches to the bank of the Geeste River where you will find the Historical Museum and the Wencke-Dock, Germany’s oldest dry dock.

Bremerhaven is historically known as the most important port of emigration of the continent and was until the 1970s an important port for passenger traffic over the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The German Emigration Center developed a project on “Heritage tourism” to attract more long-term US-Americans with German ancestry to a journey into the land of their ancestors.

Fish restaurants, the sea fish cooking studio and fish smoking „live“ can be found in the Shop Window Fishery Harbor. Today the old fishery harbor is a strolling mile with exciting attractions such as the science center Phaenomenta and the museum trawler „Gera“. You will also find a lively atmosphere in the Overseas Harbor. There is a constant hustle and bustle at the container-terminal, where the world’s largest container ships dock and also at the automobile-terminal, Europe’s largest hub for automobile transshipment. Guests can only visit this area up close with the HarborBus and will pass by the Cruise Terminal Bremerhaven, one of Europe’s most modern terminals.

The annual Fishparty Bremerhaven, a festival for foodies and fish fans is the oldest and biggest event in the fishing port and one of the biggest festivals on the subject of fish at the German North Sea Coast. The culinary festival is a magnet for visitors.

Every five years Sail Bremerhaven is held, a large sailing convention that attracts tall ships from all over the world. The next time it will be held is in 2015. In 2011 Bremerhaven set the record for the largest ever parade of boats, with 327 vessels in the parade.

Cycling routes: Bremerhaven is crossed by the Weser cycle path that accompanied the Weser from its beginning to the mouth and continues to Cuxhaven, and the North Sea Cycle Route.

Cultural heritage route: Since January 2010, Bremerhaven is endpoint of the “German Fairy Tale Road” with its legendary ship’s kobold figure “Klabautermann”.

Description of the organization and its role in the region

The municipal company „Bremerhaven Tourist Board“ is the central point of contact for all matters relating to the tourism development in Bremerhaven. We act as professional and innovative partners for tourist offers, events, fairs and organisations at the Seaside City of Bremerhaven. We see ourselves as competent, careful and output-orientated partners and service providers.

We are experienced in European transnational projects (e.g. Interreg B North Sea Region: SEAPORT, Waterways for Growth, i-Transfer, Smart Cities) as well as in regional projects, e.g. with the Metropolitan Region Bremen-Oldenburg.

Bremerhaven Tourist Board is a member of the association of NIWE Network Inland Waterways of Europe.

Bremerhaven Tourist board is closely connected to the tourism boards of the surrounding regions via various thematic task forces, joint projects, marketing and services.

A section of our wide range of services offers:

  • Travel arrangements for groups, companies and travel agents, individual tourists and families. The arrangements vary from standard offers to special organised programs, from daytrips to complete arrangements for more than one day.
  • Incentives, conferences and events – from the guidance, conception and organisation to the professional support, hotel and catering arrangements inclusive. Sailing trips and charters of ships for groups and individuals.
  • We provide information about anything which is offered and staged in Bremerhaven and the region.
  • Two tourist information centres, web based information systems, visitor way conducting systems and 33 information terminals in Bremerhaven and the surrounding area offer bookings, guidance, tickets, souvenirs, accommodation.

Thematic focus in tourism is

  • Cycling (Pedelecs) / mobility / reduction of CO2 emissions
  • Water tourism (incl. routing and berth management systems, implementation of a focal service station (refuge / shelter) as a best practice model, implementation of Yellow Wave, Blue Ribbon, etc.)
  • Ship compounds in the North Sea area (Transport)
  • Cruise tourism (attractiveness of shore excursions, stay upstream or Ending in Bremerhaven)
  • Demographic change and accessibility (Target group Mid Ager), eg Wheelchair route
  • Services for families, child-friendly service development
  • Climate-City Bremerhaven (Electro-bus as a transport between Havenwelten Bremerhaven and Shop Window Fishery Harbor including the use of guided tours)
  • European Cultural Route on “fish”/ North Sea Food Route
  • Development of web-based topic-specific apps (WebApp)
  • Establishment of service quality in service providers and quality assurance

Main aim: More of guests and overnight stays, duration of the stay of day visitors, expansion of the season, new target groups

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