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Bremerhaven, the largest city on Germany’s North Sea coast, lies at the estuary where the river Weser empties into the North Sea.
The city is a maritime gem famous for its fish specialities, its fantastic shopping and its exciting visitor attractions that combine learning and fun. Bremerhaven’s Harbour Worlds complex, for example, is home to the Climate House Bremerhaven 8° East, the German Maritime Museum, the Zoo at the sea and the German Emigration Centre, voted European Museum of the Year in 2007. The Harbour Worlds reach to the banks of the Geeste river with the Historical Museum and the Wencke dock, Germany’s oldest dry dock.
The Schaufenster Fischereihafen has exclusive fish restaurants, cosy harbour pubs and a sea-fish cooking studio, and you can even watch fish being smoked there. Once the old fishing harbour, the Fischereihafen is now a popular promenade with attractions such as the Phänomenta Science Centre, Expedition Northern Seas and the “Gera” fishing trawler, which is now a floating museum.
There’s also a lot going on at the international ports, for example at the container port, where the world’s largest container ships dock, and the car port, which is Europe’s largest hub for automotive imports and exports. Visitors can only access this area on a HafenBus tour, which also takes in the Bremerhaven cruise terminal, one of the most modern in Europe.