There was a time when Bremerhaven had the largest fishing port and the largest emigration port in all of Europe. So it’s apt that this harbour city on the North Sea Coast should be dubbed the “Seestadt” (Sea City). Bremerhaven is an enclave of the Free City of Bremen, which lies 60 kilometres up the River Weser to the south.
Most of your activities in Bremerhaven will have something to do with the sea: You might step aboard a heritage U-Boat or fishing trawler, or pass time at the old fishing harbour, where the scent of brine and smoked fish hangs in the air. The old and new ports have been regenerated over the last 20 years by the “Havenwelten” scheme, which has brought cutting-edge visitor attractions, hotels, malls, and pedestrian zones.