(Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Bremen)
Discover some of the signature Northern cities of Germany on this cultural tour. Taking you from Hamburg to Bremerhaven and Bremen, you'll be sure to be impressed by all of the sites along the way. One of the richest European cities, Hamburg is an historic city, with a beautiful center of neo-Gothic red brick buildings, half-timbered houses and medieval relics. Experience the heart of the city in the company of a local guide before traveling to the city of Lubeck - the historical part of the city survived from medieval times and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. Just north of Hamburg is one of the beach areas that German's love to frequent - this seaside resort has a sulphur spring and thus terms itself "North Sea healing spa and sulphur spring". 1,200 years have woven a rich tapestry of hanseatic heritage and cosmopolitan culture in the city of Bremen, which also enjoys UNESCO designation.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
Enjoy a breathtaking view over the entire "Binnenalster" and walk thru the "Spitalerstrasse" to the well-liked and longest shopping mile of Hamburg, the "Moenckebergstrasse". One of the sights, which the „Moe“ offers amongst the manifold possibilities for shopping, is the oldest main church of Hamburg, St. Petri. You will stop here for a short sightseeing. At the end of the shopping mile the incomparable and legendary town hall is situated, which is build in the neo-renaissance style. The sightseeing of the town hall is in the walking tour included. Along the Venetian-like "Alsterarkaden" and the biggest intra-urban and most modern shopping arcade of Europe you will go to the "Binnenalster" across the "Jungfernstieg", seeing the oldest big store of Hamburg, the "Alsterhaus", and arrive the tour endpoint, the "Gaensemarkt". Entrance fees are not included in the tour cost.
Enjoy the drive on the Autobahn to Lubeck, where you will watch the German countryside pass by. You will begin your tour with the two-towered Holsten Gate, part of the old defense wall system, as well as see the impressive, centuries-old salt warehouse. You will also see the historic Town Hall, the gothic St. Mary's Church, the Heiligen-Geist-Hospital and the Buddenbrook-House of Thomas Mann. There will also be time for a short stroll around the narrow alleys of Luebeck, or if you prefer, shopping for some of the world famous Niederegger Marzipan, before you transfer back to Hamburg. Entrance fees are not included.
Today you will be driven from Hamburg through an area that is known as the Altes land - a reclaimed marshland region which has Europe's largest orchards. This excursion offers you charming view of Hamburg’s scenic surrounding countryside. Stop at the town of Jork where afternoon tea at a traditional farmhouse is set in beautiful garden for your enjoyment. You also take a peek at Jorks interesting local heritage museum. Driving on through the area you pass many small and pretty villages like Buxtehude and Stade. On the way to Bremerhaven enjoy the diversity of the countryside. Entrance fees and tea are not included
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.
Take a short train ride from Bremerhaven to Bremen today. The direct train is typically about 45 minutes.
Enjoy a half day private walking tour of the historical centre of Bremen. 1,200 years have woven a rich tapestry of Hanseatic heritage and cosmopolitan culture in the city. Both modern and historical aspects are very present in the city - the latter which includes the impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site market square with the historical Weser Renaissance Town Hall and the graceful Roland statue. Also in the square, there is the delightful sculpture of the Bremen Town Musicians which remains a defining monument for the Grimm Brothers’ celebrated fairy tale. The city’s oldest living quarter at Schnoor, the exceptional structures in historic Boettcherstrasse and the imposing cathedral are etched in history and make for a very interesting and informative guided walk.
Outside of the interesting historical quarter of the city, there is plenty of other things of interest;
The Rhododendron Park in Bremen has won unrivalled recognition, containing around 680 of the world’s 1,000 rhododendrons, in addition to some 1,000 hybrids of each rhododendrons and azaleas. The park also boasts the green science centre Botanika, which is home to three dazzling attractions: discovery centre, the Himalayas/Borneo and a Japanese Garden.
The Kunsthalle, which rates among the country’s leading foundation museums, and the Neues Museum Weserburg, Germany’s largest collection of contemporary art, demonstrate just how much Bremen has to offer. Drawing from global treasures donated by the city’s merchant traders, the Uebersee Museum Bremen is one of the world’s leading showcases of natural history, anthropology and trade history.
Just minutes from the city centre, Schlachte (Waterway) with its wealth of trendy bars, friendly cafes, international restaurants and outdoor seating for some 2,000 people gives almost two million visitors each year plenty to watch over. The quayside is lined with vessels large and small, including a subtle pancake ship, the three-masted frigate Admiral Nelson and a replica cog ship, which typifies a Hanseatic vessel from the 13th and 14th centuries.
Centre of aerospace technology:
Those intrigued by space flight can step straight into today’s hi-tech aerospace industry at EADS Astrium to appreciate a full-scale walk-through of the European Columbus science module, which is expected to hook up with the International Space Station (ISS). The tour allows visitors to stand shoulder to shoulder with space engineers and find out about how astronauts take a shower, eat, run missions and rest in orbit, giving them the chance to explore what it takes to get man into space.
City of Science:
In 2005, the city-state was declared ‘City of Science’ as new attractions wow the crowd like no others with new ways of looking at the natural world and science. Cutting edge technology brings the universe alive in the Universum Bremen, which exceeded all expectations since the spectacular new building opened in September 2000. The triple attraction on earth, man and cosmos welcomes around 1,300 visitors to 200 visuals, interactive, simulations and playful settings where learning goes hand in hand with having a good time. Enjoy lunch at leisure (not included in tour price). Enjoy dinner at leisure (not included in tour price).
Enjoy a direct train today from Bremen to the Hamburg City Centre. The trip will last you approximately 1 hour, and are offered throughout the day. You may choose to take the fast-speed train to reach your destination quicker.
Enjoy a private train station transfer.
NH Hamburg City (4*) is conveniently located in Hamburg, within walking distance of the fairground, the city center and the harbour. The main railway station and several tourist attractions are, either close at hand or easy reachable thanks to the nearby underground stop. On-site facilities include: restaurant, bar, sauna, solarium, steam bath and garden. Hotel has 119 air conditioned rooms that include modern amenities such as mini-bar, telephone, Internet access, desk, hairdryer, and radios. Guests can also request non-smoking rooms or rooms designed for those with a physical disability.
Going away but wanting the comforts of home at the same time? Then let yourself be tempted: Enjoy the stylish ambience of the four-star-hotel in the center of Bremerhaven. The hotel rooms are designed for your comfort, filled with features such as an en suite bath, wireless LAN, cable TV and mini-bar. This hotel offers a breakfast buffet, to start your day off right. You can also make use of the fantastic facilities, and wellness spa, and watch your stress disappear as you relax in the sauna and swimming pool.
The Maritim Hotel (4*) is located in the heart of the city, between the main railway station and the extensive "Bürger" park, in a central yet tranquil location. With the direct connection to the Congress Centre, the Trade Fair and the "Bremen Arena", the place is the ideal refuge for business travellers and conference delegates. People who have to travel within the city value the short routes to the tourist attractions such as the "Bremer Stadtmusikanten", the idyllic fishing quarters at the "Schnoorviertel" and many other sights. There are a variety of gorgeous rooms, which provide satellite TV and Wireless LAN, among other fantastic features. Guests will thoroughly enjoy the Pool, Finnish sauna, Roman steam bath and solarium, as well as the fitness zone.
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April 21, 2014
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April 21, 2014
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November 06, 2013
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November 06, 2013
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October 22, 2013
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November 07, 2013
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September 24, 2013
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