This is an overview of last years excursions:
Bremerhaven (Klimahaus and Auswandererhaus)
On the 28th of July our group set off on a journey to Bremerhaven a wonderful town next to the sea. This trip included a visit of two museums the “Climate house”. This is a museum focused on weather and climate change. It transports its visitors from the desert to the north pole , to a tropical forest. Multimedia-installations, interactive exhibits and large aquariums make the Klimahaus a theme attraction of a new generation. The unique experience is best reflected in the moto of the Museum “Your destination – Our world”. The famous Irish songwriter Mr. Bob Geldof who was invited to the opening of the museum, as it became part of the urban landscape of Bremerhaven in 2009, described it as “a love letter to our planet”. The Klimahaus plunges you into a multi-facetted world of knowledge and adventure which will inspire and amaze with its installations, exotic creatures and plants, and much more.
You can find more info here: http://www.klimahaus-bremerhaven.de/en/
The Auswandererhaus is another wonderful location. This museum allows its visitors to experience what it was like to emigrate from Europe to the United States during the 1890’s. It transforms the visitors from the Harbor in Bremerhaven to Elis Island in New York. With a view on to the Harbor from which as many as 1.2 million immigrants left everything behind and sailed away to the New world often with nothing but a suitcase, this museum provides visitors with personal insight on what the whole process might
have entailed. Once you reach the end of your Journey you might be interested to visit the Family Research center where they have records of all the people who left to the United States from Bremerhaven and other ports. You can research your ancestors’ last names on the computers there and there is always someone there who can assist you in your search. You will have access to thousands of documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, ship records. If you find anything about any of your own ancestry you can of course print a copy and takeit with you.
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Cuxhaven (Wadden Sea)
On the 31st of July we headed out to Cuxhaven where you will enjoy the beauty of the German seaside. Here we had an excursion into the Wadden Sea. The word Wad (Wat in German) means flat mud. The Wadden Sea is a world heritage site protected by UNESCO it is a shallow body of water that lies along the northern European coastline in Germany the Netherlands and Denmark. The sea often retreats completely leaving a large area of land that looks like mud. This area is famous for its rich biodiversity. We walked on the famous Wadden Sea and discovered the secrets of the sea floor.
Participants had the opportunity to visit a community farm. Best translated as community supported agriculture this is a farm where may people help gather, plant and harvest the fruits and vegetables. In return they receive a small portion of what they gather. There are a few of these sustainable organic farms in every city in Germany and we will go to visit one of them. Participants got some information on how things work there and even got to help with the harvest!
Dialogue in the Dark
A wonderful exhibit in Hamburg drawing attention to what life might be like for the visually impaired. A unique tour that takes place almost completely in the dark. The tour allows to feel on a different level how less is more, perhaps not just in being more sustainable in your trash production but also to feel the implications of this concept on a level of perceived physical restriction .
City Tour in Hamburg
A city tour like no other. Participants learned about the most important landmarks and monuments of Hamburg but make no mistake this is no ordinary city tour! Participants also got information on Hamburg the sustainable city, on how climate change and the industry has affected the life of the population and changed the physical and cultural landscape of this beautiful city.
From what used to be a landfill to a green energy site. The Georgswerder energy Hill has changed the landscape of the city. Only 13 minutes away from the Main train Station of the city this large green area has managed to integrate into the communities that surround it. Participants received a guided tour of the entire hill and found out how it continues to contribute to the sustainable development of Hamburg.