On Wednesday 7 June, the scientific program will be paused at lunchtime. The afternoon will be used for guided excursions in and around the cities of Bremerhaven and Bremen. You will be able to select your three top choices during the general registration process. All excursions will commence at around 13:00 from the Sail City Hotel in Bremerhaven via bus or by foot. All excursions will have food options for dinner, but these are not included in the conference fee and must be paid individually in the restaurant. We will update the excursion descriptions here over time. Here are your options:
BHV01 - Fishery-harbour (“Fischereihafen”)
The first excursion in Bremerhaven starts with a short bus-trip to the famous fishery-harbour area of the city. The 100-year-old area around the so-call “Show Window Fishery Harbour” is unique for northern Germany and is hosting a wide range of gastronomy, accommodation and small local shops. As part of the excursion, you will board a small tour-boat ("Barkasse") that will get you in the right mood for fish, drinks and more in the evening hours, before heading back to the city center.
BHV02 – Museum “Klimahaus” & tour-boat
The second excursion in Bremerhaven is in direct proximity of the conference hotel - a visit to the Klimahaus ("Climate House") museum that will take you around the different climatic zones of the earth within just a few hours. You will even have the possibility of a short visit to our German overwintering base in Antarctica, Neumayer Station III – so cool, literally. Afterwards, you will board a small tour-boat in the new harbour area to explore this newer part of the city with a stint of sea-water in your nose.
BHV03 – Museum “Auswandererhaus” & tour-boat
The third excursion in Bremerhaven is in direct proximity of the conference hotel - a visit to the distinguished German Emigration Center ("Deutsches Auswandererhaus"), recognizing Bremerhaven’s important role as a main European emigration hub to the New World . Follow in their renewed and extended exhibition of unknown life stories from Europe and the world. You can even trace and explore emigrant routes of your own family! Discover the everyday life of emigrants: in the country of arrival and the history of the Federal Republic through the eyes of immigrants. Afterwards, you will board a small tour-boat in the new harbor area to explore this newer part of the city with a stint of sea-water in your nose.
BHV04 – Canoe on the Geeste
This excursion is for the sportive among you. Pack your dry clothes and get into the canoe! The entrance is a short bus ride away - at the Schiffdorf lock. From there you can explore the reed, small channels and green fields of the area on a 2-3 hour tour. Pure nature!
BRE01 – Bremen and the aircrafts
The tour takes you to the city of Bremen (60 km away from Bremerhaven) and into the hangar of the Alfred Wegener Institute, where the two research aircrafts Polar-5 and Polar-6 (Basler BT-67, are based. You will see the inside of the aircraft and learn more about the different sensors, especially those used by the sea ice physics group on sea ice surveys like IceBird. The visit of hangar is followed by a guided tour through the old downtown of Bremen. You will see the famous town musicians as well as the impressive town hall, belonging to the UNESCO world heritage sites. The tour takes you also along the Weser River and to the oldest quarter of Bremen, called Schnoor.
BRE02 – Bremen and the Drop Tower
Bremen Drop Tower and city Bremen tour: The Drop Tower is probably the most prominent building on the University of Bremen campus. Here microgravity experiments are conducted in the fields of astrophysics, biology, chemistry and more by dropping a capsule from 120 m height and thereby creating 4.74 seconds of zero gravity (or more precisely microgravity). The visit of the Drop Tower is followed by a guided tour through the old downtown of Bremen. You will see the famous town musicians as well as the impressive town hall, belonging to the UNESCO world heritage sites. The tour takes you also along the Weser River and to the oldest quarter of Bremen, called Schnoor.
CUX01 – Climbing Forest Cuxhaven
It goes high up! An approx. 45-minute bus ride takes us to the North Sea coast. And once again, it will be unique and sporty at the same time: The high ropes course in Cuxhaven is the only one in the world directly on the Wadden Sea World Heritage Site. Fasten your climbing harness - and off you go on one of the 7 courses through the tree tops. But one should not be afraid of heights here! Afterwards we come back down to earth - and follow the mud worms in the surrounding mudflats of the Wadden Sea, when the tide is low in the evening hours. A very special experience - for which a towel should not be missing!
CUX02 – Coastal pasture Cuxhaven
But the North Sea coast can also be a little quieter, as we will learn on our second tour in the region. A guided tour through the coastal pasture with exciting stories about the breath-taking nature will quickly immerse us deeply here. Afterwards we will join the previous group and follow the mudworms in the surrounding mudflats of the Wadden Sea, when the tide is low in the evening hours. A very special experience - for which a towel should not be missing!
WORPS01 - Torfkutter
A bus-ride of approx. one hour will take you to the beautiful small town of Worpswede – a place of art, culture and traditional crafts situated in the Teufelsmoor, northeast of Bremen. Over 130 artists and craftsmen call or called this place their home. In Worpswede, you will enjoy a guided tour through the surrounding nature on one of the traditional peat boats. Afterwards, you will have plenty of time to explore the town with their famous art exhibitions, ateliers, cafés and restaurants.