Situated in Northern Germany, Bremen has more than 1200 years of history and was once part of the medieval Hanseatic League. Its beautiful land and rich cultural history culminate to provide a delightful experience, leaving you feeling warm.
Join us on our 4-day custom designed private heritage tour where you will visit the only town hall in Germany still in use after 600 years; see the oldest cask of wine in Germany known as ‘rose wine’ and the only UNESCO-listed winery; learn about the art of beer brewing at Becks Brewery; explore the world in 3 hours at Klimahaus; view a truly globally unique artefact – a Hanseatic cog dated from 1380 – at the National German Maritime Museum and step into the shoes of an emigrant at the German Emigration Centre, from the moment of departure to arrival in the New World.
Your Battered Suitcase experience will include international flights, hotels, selected lunches; incidental transport and tour and attraction admissions.
Arrival at the Bremen airport
Transfer to Bremen city centre either via taxi or using the local tram system. (15-20min)
Check-in at Motel One Bremen
If room is not available then leave luggage and head into city centre, 5 min walk.
Choose from the many fine bars and restaurants for lunch, we provide you with a Schlemmerteller voucher to help with your selection
Mercedes-Benz factory tour (official guided tour)
Discover what makes Mercedes-Benz cars so remarkable and see for yourself how a Mercedes is built. Find out what makes Mercedes-Benz cars so special and take a look behind the scenes at one of the most modern automotive factories in the world, witnessing the genesis of the SL, SLK, C-Class, E-Class Coupé and the all-terrain GLK.
Your Mercedes-Benz tour guide picks you up by shuttle bus from the Wachtstraße coach park in the city centre and takes you straight to the factory. Here you spend some 90 minutes walking around and watching the car bodies being put together and undergoing final assembly. Once the tour finishes, you are then taken to the Mercedes-Benz customer centre to enjoy a complimentary drink and a bite to eat. Here you also have the opportunity to see one of the many exhibitions. Once completed you are transferred back to the city centre.
Duration: approx. 2.5 hours.
The rest of the day is at your leisure we recommended the Schlachte Embankment at the river Weser – A wealth of restaurants with beer gardens. Riverboats, quayside, antique and flea markets, Schlachte Magic. Relax – experience – enjoy
09:45 Leave your hotel for the guided walking tour of city centre with Town Hall and Ratskeller 10.00 Meet your guide at the Roland Statue on the market square. The guided tour takes you to the highlights of Bremen's historical city centre. Many of these are concentrated on the market square, the focal point of the city and undoubtedly one of the prettiest squares in Germany. Of particular note are the magnificent town hall and the stone statue of Roland, which were jointly, accorded UNESCO World Heritage status in June 2004, and the sculpture of the Bremen Town Musicians from the Brothers Grimm fairytale. Also on the itinerary is the Böttcherstraße, the Schlachte Embankment and the Schnoor quarter.
Included in the walking tour is a guided tour of the Town Hall which was constructed between 1405 and 1410, with a Weser Renaissance-style facade added in the 17th century. One of the most attractive town halls in Germany. The tour includes the impressive Upper Town Hall and the splendid Golden Chamber. The town hall and the Roland statue on market square are on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites since 2004.
Post walking tour we have booked a table for you at the famous Bremer Ratskeller restaurant and wine cellar for lunch this includes a tour of the cellars. This is the cellar beneath Bremen's World Heritage site it houses the oldest cask of wine in Germany. Known as 'rose wine' after the decoration in the cellar where it is stored, it dates from 1635 and actually tastes more like a sherry than a wine these days. Previously, the cellar master and the mayor were the only ones permitted to sample a few precious drops on special occasion. But even they have since been denied this pleasure since the Town Hall and Roland statue came under World Heritage protection.
Becks Brewery tour. The tour provides a wealth of fascinating information about the brewery, the art of beer brewing and the Becks and Haake-Beck brands. It covers the museum; ingredients store and brew house, and runs past malt silos, fermentation and storage tanks. The tour is followed by beer tasting in the guest room.
Walking distance from the Ratskeller approx. 20 minutes. You can take trams part of the way.
In the evening why not try some more of the establishments on the Schlachte Embankment at the river Weser maybe the Alexander von Humboldt, the historical three-masted ship with the bright green sails, which has gained international recognition through television and cinema advertising, will be anchored temporarily at Europahafen in Bremen’s Überseestadt district. The on-board hotel and restaurant is now open.
You will check-out of Motel One in Bremen take tram 1 to Bremen main train station. Take express train to Bremerhaven leaving from platform 7 upon your arrival at a taxi will be waiting for you at the train station to take you to your hotel. Check-in might not be possible at this early time, but you can deposit your luggage and make your way over to the tourism area "Havenwelten" and to the Tourist Information Center Hafeninsel. This is around a 15 min walk.
Here you can pick up a optional audio guide tour of the Havenwelten in English as a starter to give you a good overall impression of our tourism area and the history of the city. You can bring back the equipment either directly after your tour, before closing at 6:00pm or on the following day. In between the city and the River Weser promenade there are 22 exciting locations which tell the story from the first cutting of the spade for the Old Harbour to the completion of the Climate House Bremerhaven 8° East (Klimahaus® Bremerhaven 8° Ost). Some more, some less well known locations and buildings tell about the young Seaside City and its important location at the entrance to the North Sea.
After your audio tour here are some suggestions for a lunch break. The shopping arcade Mediterraneo (building with glass dome) located right next to the Climate House here there are a few Italian restaurants. On the New Harbor there is a boat "Klibfisch" which sells fish rolls etc. to eat "out of the hand" and fried fish • Lloyd's restaurant is located directly next to the Tourist Info Hafeninsel
Visit to the zoo and come eye to eye with polar bears, seals, penguins, polar foxes and see its recently opened aquarium home to marine life from the North Sea’s various habitats. It’s not a large zoo but make an interesting visit and you can enjoy a nice cup of coffee.
Next on your agenda is Klimahaus Bremerhaven 8° Ost (Climate House), its closing time is 7:00 pm and the suggested length of stay is 2-3 hours, however it is very easy to spend at least 4 hours or more. Take a trip around the world and experience the world’s climate zones. A journey around the world beginning and ending in Bremerhaven, always following the longitude circle of 8° East. From the refreshing coolness of the Swiss Alps, through the scorching heat of the Sahel to the iciness of the Antarctic as well as the heavenly climate of the South Seas and the unsettled weather in Northern Germany. On the “Journey” in the Klimahaus® Bremerhaven 8° Ost visitors can experience firsthand how the people live in the Earth’s most important climate zones. This unusual tour around the world leads through sceneries that are built true to original locations.
Once you have “returned” to Bremerhaven you may wish to take dinner at one of the following suggestions in the Havenwelten. The Seute Deern experience maritime cuisine and history on a Tall Ship in the museum harbor (Old Harbor). Strandhalle is located directly on the dike next to the Zoo Originally opened in 1913 as a waiting hall and restaurant for the North German Lloyd shipping company, the Strandhalle is now a restaurant, reflecting traditional style and a notable part of local cultural history. • Pier 6 - located on the New Harbour across from the New Harbour Lock Restaurant Pier 6 offers a modern atmosphere with an appreciation for tradition
If you prefer, take a taxi a short distance to the historic part of Bremerhaven`s Fishery Harbour with restaurants, cafés, bistros, pubs, maritime shops, the Forum Fischbahnhof, the sea fish cooking studio, the Shop Window Fishery Harbour is almost unsurpassed in terms of variety, creativity and ideas when it comes to providing unforgettable impressions for the guests of the maritime city of Bremerhaven. Here you have a wide choice of good restaurants. Stroll around the 100 year-old red-brick building and check out the menus.
Today you visit the Deutsches Auswandererhaus (German Emigration Center) in the Havenwelten. How does it feel to leave your homeland and begin a new life? In the German Emigration Center you can experience the fate of an emigrant from the moment of departure and farewell, to the crossing and arrival in the New World. In the new wing the museum also presents the stories of those, who came to Germany to find fortune and success. The winner of the European Museum of the Year 2007 Award allows a new view on the diversity and richness of today’s society. You should allow around 2-3 hours to complete your visit, the café at the centre does serve a very nice lunch
The final visit of your tour is to the National German Maritime Museum, located on the Old Harbour in the Havenwelten. It presents the history of seafaring. On an exhibition area of more than 8.000 square metres and a park-like area with large maritime objects on land and the vintage ships of the museum fleet in the Old Harbour it forms a unique ensemble of German maritime history. One of the highlights is the globally unique Hanseatic cog dated from 1380.
The original ships in the museum harbour, hundreds of valuable historical Maritime objects, including ships models, paintings, impressive dioramas, models to touch and try out inside and outside promise an entertaining as well as informative expedition through maritime history. The DSM is one of the eight national research museums in Germany and a member of the Leibniz Association. Welcome aboard!
As an option you can take a harbour cruise to the Overseas Harbuor (narration unfortunately only in German, but the ride and the sites are still quite interesting). Cast away to a 1-hour cruise through all 7 overseas harbours. Experience the hustle and bustle of harbour life up close along with the gigantic ships, automobile transshipment, docks and shipyards. Enjoy your cruise with the glass-roofed ship-cabriolet through the New Harbour, the Emuperor's Harbor, the connecting harbour, the turning basin and the North Harbour. The tour leaves at 16:30 and takes an hour.
Please be sure to be at the Bremerhaven main train station no later than 6:20 pm. To make it to the airport with ample time for your departure, you should take the regional express train to Bremen leaving at 6:28 pm from platform 2. There are a few bus connections leaving from the Havenwelten bus stop (harbor basin side). Once you get to the Bremen Central Station you can take a short tram back to the Airport.
Included in your tour is:
Return airfares to Bremen
All train and tram travel
Taxi to collect you from Bremerhaven station to your hotel
3 nights’ accommodation 3* and 4* hotels with private facilities (2 nights in Bremen 1 night in Bremerhavern)
All tours and attractions admissions as detailed above
Two lunches on day 1 and 2 as per detail above
Many optional extras are available, please talk to us.