Bremen-Trip, 28 - 30 September 2016
End of September, the members of the 16 Federal States group travelled to the smallest twin city states of Germany, Bremen, on the Weser and Bremerhaven on the North Sea. The group had ladies from 16 nations. After a reception by the Mayor, Mrs. Karoline Linnert and a subsequent tour of the imposing 600 years old Town Hall of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen the group explored among other quarters, the famous Böttcherstraße and the Schnoor quarter. Before the drive to Bremerhaven, the ladies had a festive dinner at the Imperial and Senate Room of the historic Ratskeller and had as a highlight, a guided tour through the apostles wine cellar with wines from the 18th century.
The next morning in Bremerhaven, the energetic and cordial Chief of Protocol, Mrs. Sabine Ollech-Zietelmann accompanied the group to the largest fish factory "Deutsche See" where an insight into the complex processing and refining of fresh fish and seafood was given. The next stop was the steamship "Hansa", a lunch invitation by the manager of the BBU Mr. H.W. Busch. All ladies thoroughly enjoyed the fresh fish delicacies from the North Sea and later in the day switched to a glass roof boat, on a tour of the "Harbor Worlds Bremerhaven". The emotional highlight of the day was the visit to the "German Emigration Center". This museum is in a league of its own. It takes the visitors on a journey through time during 1830-1974, more than 7 million people have emigrated to the New World from Bremerhaven. In the late afternoon a ride on the Harbor Bus followed on a 1 1/2 hour exclusive World Port and Container Terminal Tour, which ended at "Gatehouse 1".
A warm welcome awaited the group by the host Eurogate Container Terminal Bremerhaven represented by Mr. Schiemann. The location on the 6th Floor with a view of the port with its shimmering lights was amazing. There were festively decorated tables and a delicious buffet. It was a very enjoyable farewell evening in the presence of the President of the City Parliament Mrs. Brigitte Lückert who had also come welcome our group to Bremerhaven. On the last day of our excursion, "Climate Houes 8 ° East" was on the program. This is a unique adventure/interactive exhibition where one goes along the 8th degree of longitude on an adventurous journey around the world, visiting 5 continents, while dipping into the fascinating climate history of our planet.
ORBI TERRARUM APERTI - OPEN TO THE WORLD.
Our sincerest thanks go to the Senate of Bremen and the City Authority Bremerhaven for the excellent organization and loving care.