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Bremerhaven was founded in 1827 when the port of Bremen silted up. It is the second largest port in Germany after Hamburg. Not obviously a place to visit you might think. 95% of the port was obliterated in raids during World War II so reconstruction had been fast and brutal after the war. However our guide book suggested that it was worth a visit as the central harbours had recently been renovated. The guide book was not wrong.

Dominating the front are two specific buildings-the Klimahaus (a museum on climate change) and the Atlantic Hotel Sail city (modeled on Dubai’s Burj-Al Arab hotel) giving an interesting perspective to the front.

There was an excellent promenade along the water front with cafes etc and then behind the front next to the maritime museum the old harbour had a number of historic vessels including a rare U-boat.

Walking the other way was the pleasure harbour, and then walking further we were able to see the true working docks with their cranes etc. of Bremerhaven.

It was an excellent and very pleasant area to explore and we finished our day by visiting the Deutsches Auswanderen Museum or Emigration museum. The museum documents the story of the seven million émigrés who departed from Bremerhaven between 1830 and 1974 for the New World- America, Canada, Australia and South America. In the 1800’s Bremerhaven was the largest port of emigration in Europe. The museum not only took you through by means of dioramas but it also explained the underlying causes behind the emigrations. A very interesting museum.

We had thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Bremerhaven.

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