The area in which Bremerhaven lies has a long history as an important port for trading, with settlements dating back to the 12th century. The town was officially founded in 1827 as a part of the city-state of Bremen. Since the 17th Century, this port city was important to Germany's emigration of Europe and America, as well as shipping and trading with other countries. Today, this port is the fourth largest European container port, and the sixteenth largest in the world, and Bremerhaven is the largest German city on the North Sea coast. Its location has made it an important location for maritime history and education in Germany, with many museums and other educational sites.
Location: Where the Weser Meets the North Sea
Bremerhaven is located in Lower Saxony on the eastern bank of the mouth of the River Weser, near the North Sea. There are three railway stations for passengers, one in the center, one in the north and one in the south, with mostly regional services available. These railways also carry freight traffic to and from the port.
Business: Large Container Port Trading with Europe and the World
One of the largest industries of the city is shipping and trading, especially automobiles. The town is also home to the Alfred-Wegener-Institute of Polar and Maritime Research. There is a Conference Center centrally located to most of the activities and sights in the city that has state-of-the-art congress technology. It offers six event rooms that overlook the River Weser.
Culture: Emigration and Maritime History
There are only a few historical buildings left in the city, as many were destroyed by a bomb in World War II. Visitors enjoy learning about the stories of German emigrants and immigrants since the 1600s at the German Emigration Center. There is also the German Maritime Museum, which features the oldest cog ship in the world, the Bremerhaven Zoo that has Arctic wildlife, such as polar bears and penguins, and several museum ships in the harbor to tour.
Activities: Enjoy Parks and Seaside Resorts
The Climate House provides an experience to see the different climates around the world located on the longitude-circle of 8 degrees East. There are also cruises of the area, including the harbor and the River Weser. The town also offers many parks in which to walk, run, or cycle. There are also dyked waterfront promenades for walking and several bicycle paths around, including in the marshy countryside and seaside resorts in the north.