Coming to America: From Northern Germany to the “New World”

In the 19th and 20th century, millions of people were coming to America. They left Europe via the North German ports of Hamburg and Bremen respectively Bremerhaven in search of a better life in the “New World”, mostly the USA.

sculpture called Die Auswanderer, emigrants, on emigrants coming to America
This sculpture called Die Auswanderer, emigrants, is standing on the shore of the river Weser and remembers the seven million passing through the port of Bremerhaven. Actually, this statue by Frank Varga was donated by the German-American Memorial Association.

As a counterpart to the arrival halls in Ellis Island, several museums in German cities remember the adventurous journeys of the emigrants in transit.

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BOOMTOWN BREMERHAVEN. A complete guide.

Last week, I’ve guided you through Bremen. It is Germany’s smallest Federal States and consists actually of two relatively small cities. There is Bremen and its exclave Bremerhaven. Latter is located about 60 km up North where the river Weser empties into the North Sea.

Seute Deern
Let me introduce you right away to one of Bremerhaven’s greatest attractions, the Seute Deern (which in Low German means Sweet Girl), world’s last cargo sailing ship made entirely of wood.
Today, this fine lady houses a museum and a lovely restaurant.

This, by the way, was the main reason to build Bremerhaven in the first place. It grants Bremen direct access to the open North Sea.

After a changeful history, today the city is almost secretly evolving into a Boomtown.

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