Überseestadt cycling tour
If you're looking to explore Bremen on a bike, Überseestadt is the ideal place.
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Bremen's Überseestadt district is a 300-hectare urban development project. The transformation is progressing rapidly, and every day it looks a little different. This tour will give you an idea of the rich variety that defines the area, which accommodates everything from dream homes to industry.
Coffee quarter and Europahafen
Here you ride by Hilde Adolf Park to the Europahafen harbour area, passing modern port buildings on one side and the old Speicher I warehouse on the other. There's also a discount supermarket here if you need to stock up on provisions. The route continues past the Hafenhochhaus tower towards Holzhafen.
Holz- and Fabrikenhafen – coffee, art and streetwalkers
Holzhafen is well known among locals as a hotspot for prostitution, though it's something you're unlikely to notice much of during the day. Nevertheless, there are plenty of other things that distinguish the area, such as its history of coffee production – which you can experience on a detour around the Café HAG building, home of Lloyd Caffee. This makes an excellent place to stop for a break. If it's open to the public, Hagstrasse also offers a scenic shortcut through to the river.
The film 'A rapid cycle ride through Überseestadt' begins at this point of the tour.
The route continues past the old fire station and the Hafen-Casino trucker stop to Speicher XI, a former warehouse that's now home to institutions such as Bremen's University of the Arts. If you're looking for a fun way to take a break, you can play a round of black-light mini golf at the SchwarzLichtHof or try your hand at a variety of games at the HafenRummel. When you're ready to get back on track, head past the warehouse towards the skate park in Überseepark.
Molenturm and Landmark Tower
The Molenturm lighthouse, also known as 'Mouse Tower', is Überseestadt's signature attraction. A project is under way to transform the edge of the basin into a recreational area with a beach, which will be known as the 'Weiche Kante'. The route then heads back along Überseepromenade towards the Landmark Tower.
In summer, a ferry runs from the Molenturm to the Waterfront shopping complex or to Lankenauer Höft.
Return to Europahafen and the home stretch
Tracking the edge of Europahafen you then head towards Schuppen Eins. This is the perfect place for another break, if only to admire some of the classic cars on display. The final leg will take you around the head of the harbour, passing the marina, the port buildings and a variety of restaurants and cafés. It's worth making a quick detour to Schuppen 2 as well, simply for the stunning view. From there, head back along the Muggenburg towards the Weser Tower. Finish off with a parting lap of the Weser Terminal and once you're done, you can sit back and relax by the riverside.