Take an all-encompassing look into Germany’s maritime influence, past and present, by touring a maritime museum and commercial areas of the port that were once off limits.
Depart from the pier and enjoy a short drive to the German Maritime Museum in Bremerhaven, a seafaring city that has rapidly become the largest German port on the North Sea. Much of that history is detailed in the museum, a wonderful repository of vintage ships and maritime objects. As you browse the exhibitions, you will gain a deeper appreciation of Germany’s significant, long-standing relationship with the sea.
Highlights include the remains of a Hanseatic cog, which is estimated to have been built in 1380. Single-mast wooden cogs were among the most prevalent merchant ships used in medieval Europe.
Continuing on, you’ll be treated to a private, behind-the-scenes panoramic tour of the commercial area of Bremerhaven port. One of the world’s largest automobile hubs, the port often stores and ships up to two million vehicles a year. Similarly, Bremerhaven is one of Europe’s largest container terminals and boasts the world’s longest riverside quay with 14 berths for mega-container vessels. It’s fascinating to watch the nonstop activity as cars and containers are moved about like clockwork, as they are prepared for transport to their next destinations.
Finally, there’s a modern fish-processing center next to the oldest part of the port, where you’ll have time to absorb the atmosphere and stroll about before returning to your ship at the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of panoramic driving and 1-hour of easy to moderate walking, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There are a few steps to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability and may make arrangements with the guide to not participate in some of the walking portions of the tour. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain.