Bremerhaven, Germany

Introduction to Bremerhaven

Modern and vibrant harbour city.

Established as the port for the city of Bremen, 60km away on the River Weser, Bremerhaven was once Germany’s biggest port, and much of its history is based around its maritime past. The National German Maritime Museum is in the middle of the old harbour, with a unique collection of more than 500 model ships, including magnificent sailing ships, whalers and the oldest wooden merchant ship in the world. On the opposite side of the harbour is the submarine Wilhelm Bauer, dating from 1943.
More than seven million people emigrated from Germany for the New World, leaving on ships from the port of Bremerhaven. The German Emigration Centre in the town is a cutting-edge museum that celebrates this mass movement through video and audio installations.
 

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TOUR A - HISTORIC BREMEN

  • Explore Bremen with your knowledgeable guide    
  • Have your camera ready at the well known statue of the ‘Stadtmusikanten’
  • Enjoy free time to discover more of the city for yourself
Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApprox. 5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Free time includedFree time included

This classic Bremen tour will show you the best of the city, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site Market Square and iconic statue of the Grimm’s fairy tale animals.

Travelling by coach with an English speaking guide, you will depart Bremerhaven for Bremen – a journey of approximately one hour. During the drive your guide will talk about Germany in general and the history of the Hanseatic city of Bremen. 

Upon arrival in Bremen, you will commence a guided walking tour. All major highlights of the city should be seen within the next hour or so. The Cathedral of St Peter, set back from the Market Square, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, towers majestically over all other buildings in the Altstadt - Old Town. Originally designed in 1043 as the archbishop’s church, it was rebuilt in the 13th, 16th and 19th centuries. You will hear the story of the Bleikeller, or lead cellar, and the bizarre collection of mummified bodies of workers who fell from the roof during the construction. Their bodies were discovered in 1695. You will see the beautiful and impressive Rathaus, or City Hall, constructed from 1405 and combining both Renaissance and Gothic styles.

In front of the Rathaus stands the Roland statue from 1404 – the landmark of Bremen and freedom symbol of the Hanseatic city. Also nearby is the bronze statue of the Bremen Town Musicians immortalising the Grimm Brothers’ charming fairy tale about a donkey, dog, cat and cockerel. The animals are stacked one on top of the other in a constant pose for the ever present cameras.

You proceed to the ‘Schnoor’ – Bremen’s oldest quarter – where your guided walk will finish. With its many small restaurants, cafés and houses dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, the Schnoor is very picturesque. You will have a little free time here, perhaps for shopping or refreshments (at your own expense). You will also see Böttcherstraße – a street with imaginative brick architecture and courtyards.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This walking tour of Bremen covers a distance of approximately four kilometres, during which a certain pace is required and cobblestones will be encountered. It is therefore not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Refreshments are not included – you will have a little free time in which to purchase refreshments if you choose. The sights visited will be viewed from the outside only – apart from the City Hall which you will go inside, subject to closure at short notice. The itinerary may operate to a different order than that described.


TOUR AX - HISTORIC BREMEN & CHRISTMAS MARKET

  • Explore Bremen with your knowledgeable guide    
  • Browse the delightful Christmas Market for unique presents to take home
  • Savour a warming Glühwein
Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApprox. 5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

This classic Bremen city tour has an added feature of one of the best Christmas Markets in northern Germany.

Travelling by coach with an English speaking guide, you will depart Bremerhaven for Bremen – a journey of approximately one hour. During the drive your guide will talk about Germany in general and the history of the Hanseatic city of Bremen. 

Upon arrival in Bremen, you will commence a guided walking tour. All major highlights of the city should be seen within the next hour or so. The Cathedral of St Peter, set back from the Market Square, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, towers majestically over all other buildings in the Altstadt - Old Town. Originally designed in 1043 as the archbishop’s church, it was rebuilt in the 13th, 16th and 19th centuries. You will hear the story of the Bleikeller, or lead cellar, and the bizarre collection of mummified bodies of workers who fell from the roof during the construction. Their bodies were discovered in 1695. You will see the beautiful and impressive Rathaus, or City Hall, constructed from 1405 and combining both Renaissance and Gothic styles.

In front of the Rathaus stands the Roland statue from 1404 – the landmark of Bremen and freedom symbol of the Hanseatic city. Also nearby is the bronze statue of the Bremen Town Musicians  immortalising the Grimm Brothers’ charming fairy tale about a donkey, dog, cat and cockerel. The animals are stacked one on top of the other in a constant pose for the ever present cameras.

The Christmas Market of Bremen spills from the Market Square through the City centre. During your tour, you will visit the market with your guide, introducing you to some German Christmas traditions. Before exploring the market on your own, you are invited for a cup of “Glühwein” – the famous German mulled wine. You may take your decorated cup home as a souvenir.

After the free time you proceed to the ‘Schnoor’ – Bremen’s oldest quarter. With its many small restaurants, cafés and houses dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, the Schnoor is very picturesque. You should have a little free time here, perhaps for more shopping or a hot drink (at your own expense). You will also see Böttcherstraße – a street with imaginative brick architecture and courtyards.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 CHRISTMAS CALL ONLY

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This walking tour of Bremen covers a distance of approximately four kilometres, during which a certain pace is required and cobblestones will be encountered. It is therefore not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. The sights visited will be viewed from the outside only. The itinerary may operate to a different order than that described.


TOUR B - BREMEN & BECK'S BREWERY

  • Do not miss the chance to visit the famous Beck’s Brewery  
  • Taste the golden pilsner
  • Explore Bremen with your knowledgeable guide   
Price£80.00 - £90.00
DurationApprox. 5.5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

From Bremerhaven, the home of the renowned Beck’s beer is accessible and this tour combines a visit to the brewery with the highlights of Bremen.

Travel from Bremerhaven to Bremen – a journey of approximately one hour. You will learn more about Bremen’s vibrant history and its major role as an important Hanseatic City. Upon arrival in Bremen, you commence a guided walking tour. All major highlights of the city should be seen within the next hour. The Cathedral of St Peter, set back from the UNESCO listed Market Square, towers majestically over all other buildings in the Old Town. Originally designed in 1043 as the archbishop’s church, it was rebuilt in the 13th, 16th and 19th centuries. Construction of the beautiful and impressive Rathaus, or City Hall, which combines Gothic and Renaissance styles commenced in 1405. In front of the Rathaus stands the Roland statue from 1404 – the landmark of Bremen and freedom symbol of the Hanseatic city. Also nearby is the bronze statue of the Bremen Town Musicians – Stadtmusikanten - immortalising the Grimm Brothers’ charming fairy tale about a donkey, dog, cat and cockerel. The animals are stacked one on top of the other in a constant pose for the ever present cameras. Proceed to the ‘Schnoor’ – Bremen’s oldest quarter with many small, old houses dating from the 15th and 16th centuries, and a selection of restaurants and cafés.

After a short transfer, you visit the home of one of the world’s most well known beers – the famous Beck’s Pilsner. You will visit the brewery where this golden liquid is brewed and bottled. Starting in the brewery’s own museum, with its old working tools and interesting displays giving an insight into the art of brewing beer in medieval times, you will then learn about the raw materials such as yeast, barley and malt before seeing for yourself how the brewing is done. You also visit the historic horse stables, where old carriages are displayed. Before leaving the site you will have a glass of the famous Beck’s!

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR D1329 CRUISE CALL ONLY

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: The walking tour of Bremen covers a distance of approximately three kilometres, during which a certain pace is required and cobblestones will be encountered, and the visit to Beck’s Brewery covers a distance of approximately one and a half kilometres, plus 30 steps. Therefore this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. The minimum age for entering the Brewery is 16 years, and 18 years for receiving a glass of draft beer. The itinerary may operate to a different order than that described.


TOUR BX - BREMEN & BECK’S BREWERY

  • Do not miss the chance to visit the famous Beck’s Brewery   
  • Taste the golden pilsner
  • Explore Bremen with your knowledgeable guide    
Price£70.00 - £80.00
DurationApprox. 5.5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

From Bremerhaven, the home of the renowned Beck’s beer is accessible and this tour combines a visit to the brewery with the highlights of Bremen.

Travel from Bremerhaven to Bremen – a journey of approximately one hour. You will learn more about Bremen’s vibrant history and its major role as an important Hanseatic City. Upon arrival in Bremen, you commence a guided walking tour. All major highlights of the city should be seen within the next hour. The Cathedral of St Peter, set back from the UNESCO listed Market Square, towers majestically over all other buildings in the Old Town. Originally designed in 1043 as the archbishop’s church, it was rebuilt in the 13th, 16th and 19th centuries. Construction of the beautiful and impressive Rathaus, or City Hall, which combines Gothic and Renaissance styles commenced in 1405. In front of the Rathaus stands the Roland statue from 1404 – the landmark of Bremen and freedom symbol of the Hanseatic city. Also nearby is the bronze statue of the Bremen Town Musicians – Stadtmusikanten - immortalising the Grimm Brothers’ charming fairy tale about a donkey, dog, cat and cockerel. The animals are stacked one on top of the other in a constant pose for the ever present cameras. Proceed to the ‘Schnoor’ – Bremen’s oldest quarter with many small, old houses dating from the 15th and 16th centuries, and a selection of restaurants and cafés.

After a short transfer, you visit the home of one of the world’s most well known beers – the famous Beck’s Pilsner. You will visit the brewery where this golden liquid is brewed and bottled. Starting in the brewery’s own museum, with its old working tools and interesting displays giving an insight into the art of brewing beer in medieval times, you will then learn about the raw materials such as yeast, barley and malt before seeing for yourself how the brewing is done. You also visit the historic horse stables, where old carriages are displayed. Before leaving the site you will have a glass of the famous Beck’s!

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 CHRISTMAS CALL ONLY

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: The walking tour of Bremen covers a distance of approximately three kilometres, during which a certain pace is required and cobblestones will be encountered, and the visit to Beck’s Brewery covers a distance of approximately one and a half kilometres, plus 30 steps. Therefore this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. The minimum age for entering the Brewery is 16 years, and 18 years for receiving a glass of draft beer. You will see the Christmas Market during your tour of Bremen, however it is unlikely you will have free time to view the stalls. The itinerary may operate to a different order than that described.

 


TOUR D - THE EMIGRATION CENTURY

  • Visit the award winning German Emigration Centre
  • Experience the emigrants’ journey
  • Have the chance to browse the ancestry database
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApprox. 2.5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

Your tour will take you to the award winning German Emigration Centre, which allows you to follow the stories of some of the seven million emigrants who passed through the port of Bremerhaven.

Starting from the harbour of Bremerhaven, drive through the port facilities for a short transfer. Arriving at the German Emigration Centre you will be immersed into the world of the late 19th century and live through all the stages of emigration.

The very lively scenarios with stage character shows and displays start with you “arriving at the port facilities in 1870” bound for America. You will learn about the people’s hopes, their national and social backgrounds, reasons for leaving Europe, how the emigrants felt and how they were treated. Next “board the vessel” and experience the different grades of accommodation on board - third, second and first class. What did the bedrooms look alike? What food was served? What were the bathrooms like?

Next is the “arrival to the New World” with the immigration authorities and formalities, the new life in a strange new world, how people tried to make their way, how they strived, were exploited, used and lead to luck. You will learn about where the newcomers settled down, what became of them and if they made a fortune how they had originally planned. Finally you experience modern day migration - where and why it happens, who the people are and how we react to it. This interactive museum is a true experience and your guide will help you understand a very versatile subject in an enjoyable way.

Before returning to your awaiting ship, you will have approximately 30 minutes of free time to either browse the ancestry database at the museum, go back to view exhibits again, have refreshments in  the cafeteria (at your own expense) or spend time at the museum shop.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR D1329 CRUISE CALL ONLY

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: After an approximate ten minute transfer to the Museum, you will be welcomed by your guide and guided through the interactive tour. To get the most from the experience, approximately 50 steps will be encountered - lifts are available but would change the experience of the tour. All participants must be able to board the coach unaided. You will spend approximately two hours at the Museum, including the free time. Please note that refreshments are not included. We would like to point out that you could visit the Emigration Centre independently, however, this tour is accompanied by a fully qualified, English speaking guide in order to enhance the experience.


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