Groups: Maritime Bremen
If you come to Bremen between April and the end of September, why not start your day with breakfast on board one of the Hal över riverboats. These scheduled services set off from the Schlachte Embankment beneath St. Martin's Church and head for Bremerhaven, stopping off at various landing stages along the way. If you have hired bikes from the main train station or your hotel, you can take them on board and get off, say, one hour later in Bremen-Vegesack to see the best of maritime Bremen. Vegesack is also very easily accessible by car or rail.
Cycle or stroll along the Maritime Mile. Stretching for 1.8km, the route features a number of attractions from Bremen's seafaring past including the training ship Deutschland moored on the quayside. This square rigger, the last remaining fully-rigged sailing ship in Germany, is open to the public. Groups and individuals can also stay overnight on board. A whale jaw stands as a reminder of the days when the whalers used to set out from Vegesack harbour. Built in the 17th century, this was Germany's first man-made harbour. The Spicarium is an interactive exhibition in an historical harbour warehouse where you can learn about topics such as the research into marine bionics being conducted at Bremen University of Applied Sciences.
On the way back to Bremen, cyclists can stop off at Grohn and the Moorlose Kirche church. The popular cycle route runs along the banks of the Weser and the Werderland nature conservation area.
Time for a leisurely lunch at the restaurant by the church. On the return journey, you can cycle to the station in Bremen-Burg and catch a train back to the city centre. If you did not travel to Bremen's north by bike, there are plenty of delightful restaurants in Vegesack where you can stop off before making your way back to the city.
If you travel to Bremen with your group at the weekend, we can recommend the exclusive experience of watching Werder Bremen play at home in the Weser Stadium. This is the only stadium in Germany that can be reached by boat. The Hal över riverboats stop at various points between Vegesack and the stadium at different times – depending on what time the match starts – e.g. 2.45pm at St. Martin's quay if kick-off is at 3.30pm.
Those who are not interested in football can cycle along the Schlachte Embankment to Bremen's newest district, Überseestadt, which is being developed on the site of Bremen's former docklands. A cycling tour through this extensive area is the ideal way to discover the striking juxtaposition of unpolished port life and gleaming modern architecture.
Spend the evening relaxing at one of the many bars and restaurants along the Schlachte Embankment, on the site of Bremen's old port. The historical vessels moored up along the Weser stand as a reminder of the good old days. One of these is the Roland von Bremen, an authentic replica of a medieval cargo ship. Your group can visit the ship by prior arrangement – if you arrive during the week and before dinner (tel. +49 (0)421 33 89 89).
When planning your visit, be aware that many museums and other attractions close for one day during the week (usually Monday).