Tomorrow marks the official start of spring break at Jacobs University! One of the reasons why it’s so great to live in Bremen is because we have a Ryanair terminal at our airport. Ryanair offers extremely cheap prices and offers you the opportunity to fly directly from Bremen to Estonia, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom!
But what do you do if your budget is kind of tight and you don’t want to plan a long trip? Don’t worry! There are awesome things to see in the area that you can reach with the Semesterticket that all Jacobs students have. It allows you to use trains and public transport for free in the Bremen and the Lower Saxony area! Here are a few examples of places that you can reach with your Semester ticket and explore:
Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany with a population of over 1.7 million inhabitants. Its official name is Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. The name points to its membership of the medieval Hanseatic League, which used to be a commercial and defensive confederation. Bremen is also a Hanseatic city! It would be impossible for me to describe all of the sight-seeing highlights of Hamburg, so you will have to do a bit of your own research. However, I can recommend walking down Mönkebergstraße and doing some (window-) shopping to then take a walk along the Alster.
You could also visit the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (Museum for Applied Arts). It’s right next to the train station and has a beautiful permanent exhibit but also really exciting temporary exhibits that range from photography, interactive media installations and comics to medieval instruments, clothing and porcelain. It also has a very nice Café with good food and drinks. Visit the website here: http://www.mkg-hamburg.de/en/
Another tourist highlight of Hamburg is the “Miniatur Wunderland”. Its miniature replicas of different cities and countries, train stations, airports expand past an area of over 2000 square meters and are made with such detail that there is much to discover. It also had the largest model railroad system in the entire world! Visit the website here: http://www.miniatur-wunderland.com
Bremerhaven is a city at the seaport of Bremen, located at the mouth of the Weser. It’s one of Germany’s most important ports. The two main things that I would recommend to visit in Bremerhaven are the Klimahaus (climate house) and the German Emigration Museum.
The Klimahaus takes you on an interactive journey through the different climate zones of the world and explores topics such as which factors have an impact on weather and what causes climate change. Visit the Website here: Klimahaus Bremen
The German Emigration Museum was built in order to showcase the fact that Bremerhaven was once the largest port of emigration in Germany. Here you can learn about the journey of emigration from Bremerhaven to North America and you can even see various original documents! Visit the website here: http://www.dah-bremerhaven.de//ENG/en.museum.php
Hannover is the capital city of Lower-Saxony and has a population of over 500,000. Each year the CeBIT computer expo is held in Hannover. The city has a lot to offer for a day trip as well. You can follow the Red Thread through town. This is literally a red thread painted on the pavement throughout the city which links the 36 most important sight seeing attractions and a great way to start if you don’t know the city very well.
You can visit the old and the new town hall and walk through the small alleyways of Hannover’s old town or along the Maschsee, a lake in the middle of the city!
See? It is possible to have a nice spring break and discover new places without even having to pay for a ticket! 🙂 I hope you explore some of these places!