DISCOVER NEW THINGS AS THINGS CHANGE
Join in the digital paper chase of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
The 300-hectare area of Überseestadt and neighbouring Gröpelingen are parts of the city with a long history which have undergone a lot of change in recent years. Following the trail of old history and new developments, you can now find out what has been initiated with European funding in the last few years.
Use the ERDF app or a combination of map and GPS, and get set to see interesting places and learn exciting facts!
We have hidden a total of ten geocaches for you to find. Seven places along a 5.5-kilometre route are there for you to discover in Überseestadt.
In Gröpelingen the places to visit are stretched out along a route of about 1.5 kilometres.
Whether you go by bike or on foot – it’s worth making the trip. Both routes take in cafés and restaurants where you can take a breather and enjoy some refreshment.
The weekend is the best time to investigate all the places in one go. There is a ferry every thirty minutes between Überseestadt and Gröpelingen on Saturdays and Sundays. Expect to take around 3 hours for the entire 7.5-kilometre route.
Route 1 (3 km)
Takes you from Schlachte to the centre of Überseestadt.
1. Connections - 2. Green axes - 3. Sheet pile walls - 4. Art and information
Route 2 (2.5 km)
Starts in the centre of Überseestadt and takes you to the water.
4. Art and information - 5. Open areas - 6. Waterways - 7. Green and sandy
Route 3 (1.5 km)
Starts in the centre of Gröpelingen and takes you along 1.5 kilometres to the water.
10. The East - 9. Culture lives here - 8. A site with history.
At the weekend, the ferry is a great way to combine routes Routes 2 and 3 in either direction.
But it’s also worth looking for individual geocaches!
If you need digital assistance, use the ERDF app with all the caches and the city map.
Simply scan the QR code and load the app.
Apart from that, you can find the places using the coordinates and notes below.
Connections: N 53.081935°, O 8.787937°
The geocache is located in a part of Bremen which is named after the pole-based constructions erected in the 13th century to reinforce the banks. The old Uferhafen harbour was reconstructed at the end of the 18th century as a riverbank promenade with an area of vegetation, and was destroyed in the Second World War. The removal and stabilisation of ruins from the War led to the creation of the upper and lower areas. Until the 1990s, this area was rather neglected and was mainly used as a car park. But then people started thinking back to old traditions, and the area underwent a thorough revamping with financial support from the EU.
The cache can be found in the newly built area which now connects two previously separate parts of the city.
Green axes: N 53.085002°, O 8.783633°
This geocache is hidden in the green areas of the redesigned cross-connection in Überseestadt. Two roads financed with money from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) now connect the coffee neighbourhood with Europahafen port.
The Kellogg’s production site can be seen not far away. Before the War, this was a separate part of the city, called Muggenburg. It was a densely built-up area with packing houses, stables and port-side pubs. The construction of Europahafen port made Muggenburg into a lively peninsula bordered by the customs fence and the River Weser. The village inside the city was completely destroyed in a British air raid in 1944.
Sheet pile walls: N 53.086044°, O 8.779697°
This cache is hidden where Bremen’s new boulevard begins.
In 1888, this port was opened as a part of a new free port. The free port was a typical general cargo facility. Steamers with bananas, oranges, cotton and coffee were unloaded here. At the end of the 1980s, the port became less important due to the onset of container shipping. The area has since been redesigned using money from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Where there used to be a roll-on roll-off facility, there is now a square with steps leading straight to the water. The old quayside has been restored, and its lower promenade and upper boulevard invite you to take lengthy walks along the waterside.
Art and information: N 53.096935°, O 8.769813°
This geocache can be found where the development of Bremen’s new neighbourhood began. At 400 metres, the building stretches all along Obernstraße, and it survived the War virtually unscathed. In 2003/2004, the building, which is listed as a historic monument, started attracting art exhibitions, and many other institutions and companies followed in their wake.
At more than 300 hectares, Bremen’s newest district is one of Europe’s largest port areas undergoing restructuring. The master plan for this area involved the realisation of a large number of projects and infrastructure measures with funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). But you can also learn a lot of history here.
Open areas: N 53.099105°, O 8.759804°
You can find this cache on the way from the Europahafen port to Überseepark. It is in a green area where inline skaters can often be found. This is also where the second construction phase of Überseestadt begins. Around five hectares of open space are going to be developed in the coming years. Between the turning basin, the Weser riverbank and Überseepark, the Hafenkante will emerge as a new neighbourhood to live and work in. The necessary infrastructure for this, with sewage pipes, roads, auxiliary facilities and paths has been put in place using money from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Waterways: N 53.096974°, O 8.760780°
Take the new promenade in the west of Bremen. The cache is hidden where the ferries stop in the shadow of Bremen’s highest bar to take on passengers.
The landing stage, funded with money from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is just the beginning of a further expansion of Bremen’s waterways. ERDF funding is currently financing the drafting of a concept for further landing stages on the left bank of the Weser. These are to include Woltmershausen, the area around Beck’s and the Stadtwerder area.
Green and sandy: N 53.104363°, O 8.755066°
The geocache is hidden in the north-western end of Überseestadt. Look around where the ships turn. Today, there is still a large riverbank area with stones piled up, but soon the end of Überseestadt will be green and sandy. 19,500 square metres of beach park will be created at the end of Überseestadt by August 2018. To this end, paths are being built, trees planted and around 130,000 cubic metres of sand are being used to create a 300-metre beach.
Work on realising the Weiche Kante is to start this year using money from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and federal funding for national urban development projects. A beach feeling in the west of Bremen.
The beach will be built right by Überseestadt’s final breakwater. The Mäuseturm tower can be discovered here. The tower and breakwater area are now listed as protected monuments.
A site with history: N 53.112761°, O 8.750650°
The cache is located close to a former works council building of AG Weser. The entire site and the building play an important role in Gröpelingen’s history: the building was occupied in protest against the closure of the shipyard. In 1991, artists discovered the building and gave it its current name due to its atrium. The community of artists lived and worked around the gallery, and put on congresses, exhibitions and events.
Subsequently, the building was carefully restored using funding from the EU’s URBAN community initiative. Along with the gatehouse, neighbourhood library and the Gröpelingen multicultural centre with the Roter Hahn studio, the complex is the outcome of more than 10 years of reconstruction work in Gröpelingen.
Culture lives here: N 53.112694°, O 8.753608°
This cache is hidden at the gateway to the part of the city between Wümmewiesen and the Weser. A cultural association is now based in the building and has been working to improve the district for more than 15 years.
Using art and culture to break down borders, whet people’s interest and get people talking: that is the aim of the association based here. Its work is funded with money from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The East: N 53.116366°, O 8.763454°
The cache can be found in a very young place in Gröpelingen. Since 2015, it has offered advice, education, art and good food for school students.
The aim here is to help children, parents and residents in Gröpelingen.
This element is just one of many which will be realised in this neighbourhood in the coming years using money from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). One of the aims of ERDF 2014-2020 is to strengthen and connect neighbourhoods.