Bremen and Bremerhaven

Photo: © Wolfhard Scheer

Exciting sport and open-air events will tickle your fancy!

Sport moves the spirit, nourishes conversation, entertains and fascinates. This is why a visit to the stadiums in Bremen or Bremerhaven is always a good idea if you want to spend some entertaining hours: whether it’s soccer in the Weser Stadium with “Werder Bremen”, ice hockey in Bremerhaven with the “Fischtown Pinguins” or basketball with the “Eisbären” in Bremerhaven’s Stadthalle.

Besides the Bremen Town Musicians, one of Bremen’s other hallmarks is its football club, Werder Bremen, and with it the place that the green and white club’s fans call home. The Weser Stadium is one of Germany’s most popular stadiums thanks to its unique atmosphere. This footballing temple with its four iconic floodlight masts can accommodate 42,100 fans. To get to Werder Bremen’s riverside stadium in the heart of the city, you can walk, cycle, get the tram or even travel by boat. As part of the stadium’s most recent renovations between 2008 and 2011, it also became energy self-sufficient, thanks to the installation of solar panels. A look behind the scenes is also worth your while: a stadium tour offers fascinating insights into the venue. You don’t have to be a fan of Werder Bremen Football Club or the Bundesliga to enjoy the Wuseum in the Weser Stadium. In the exhibition, you can embark on a green-and-white journey through the club’s history, from the beginnings of the Bundesliga to the glorious successes of recent years. Werder is Bremen and Bremen is Werder!

For the first time in its short history the Bremerhaven ice hockey team “Fischtown Pinguins” is playing in the top league – and wowing both the league and the fans. Around 4,300 spectators watch the home games in Bremerhaven’s Eisarena, wildly cheering the team on, even on the odd occasion when they lose. Completed in 2011, the arena has seating for around 3,100, as well as several catering stations, and it can be easily reached to guarantee a comfortable evening of sport. The games generally take place on the weekend and are also attractive for people coming from near and far.

Right beside the ice arena you will find the Stadthalle Bremerhaven, home to the “Eisbären Bremerhaven” basketball team. The team has been playing in the top basketball league since 2005. The fans roar “Let‘s go Eisbären” at the tall guys on the court, firing up the atmosphere in the always well-filled hall. No sign of Northern German reserve here!

Bremen and Bremerhaven are not only known for excellence in sports, but also for their great maritime festivals and free open-air events. There will be lots of fun and music from April 29th to May 1st, 2017 at the Shop Window Fishery Harbour in Bremerhaven, as well as lots of food! This is when tribute is paid to “Neptune’s Kingdom”: the “Fish Party” is a must event for anyone who loves fish and the fruits of the sea. Tickle your palate with all sorts of delicacies such as soused herring, or “Matjes”, fresh from Holland. Your eyes can feast on the “fish bed” showcasing all types of fish, large and small, including rare fish as well. And your ears will certainly enjoy the wide range of musical performances.

There will be no shortage of seafaring romance and culture at the end of May 2017 in the Seaside City. With two of the world’s largest tall ships, the “Sedov” and the “Mir”, as well as more than twenty other sailing ships, the “2nd Seaside City Festival – Shore Leave Bremerhaven” will make the city a Mecca for ship lovers from May 24th-28th, 2017. As well as ship’s planks and canvas, fans of maritime flair can also admire hulls made of steel on the festival grounds just behind the Weser dyke with historic steam ships and motorised ships. A pleasant chat with seafarers from all over the world and the fascinating view from onboard of the happenings on land are possible during the daily “Open Ship”. A colourful market, the Street Food Festival, a market with historic-maritime arts and crafts and a diverse musical programme will ensure five fun-filled days.

Bremen’s La Strada street circus festival in June is a colourful and lively affair, showcasing the captivating and subtle art of circus entertainment. The squares around the town hall, the Roland statue and the Bremen Town Musicians statue are transformed into a giant circus ring. Street performers from all over the world come to Bremen and entertain and enthrall their audiences with spellbinding tricks and routines. With its fantastic line-up of acrobats and artists, dancers and dreamers, mime artists and multi-talented performers, this summer open-air spectacle is one of the largest and most lavish of its kind and is popular outside Germany as well.

The Breminale at the Weserwiesen in Bremen is a free, open-air event in July. From a one-man band to bands known all over Germany, the various acts perform in red-and-white striped marquees, on boats and on the Weser beach. There is also plenty to enjoy away from the stage: street performers showing off their skills, actors delighting the crowd, stallholders selling their wares, and an impressive range of food and drink stalls. The Breminale is a cultural experience for young and old, with a special children’s area offering a host of exciting activities.

Bremen & Bremerhaven offer entertainment, enrichment and a wide range of unique attractions for all ages. So come visit soon!

Event highlights


April 29 – May 1, 2017

FishParty in the Shop Window Fishery Harbor]

May 24-28, 2017

Seaside City Festival in the Havenwelten


June 14-18, 2017

La Strada street circus festival with acrobats and artists in the city centre

July 5-7, 2017

Open-air festival Breminale on the banks of the Weser

Photo: © Harald Schwörer

Great flight connections

  • Daily from London Stansted
  • From London City Airport Monday to Friday
  • From Manchester Monday to Friday and Sunday until March 2017

Tickets and Hotel Booking on

Bremerhaven Tourist Board
Tel: +49 (0) 471 809 36 100
Fax: +49 (0) 471 809 36 190

Tickets and Hotel Booking on

Bremen Tourist Board
Tel: +49 (0) 421 30 800 10
Fax: +49 (0) 421 30 800 58

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