Refurbishment of the visitors’ gallery at Columbus Station completed

Following its refurbishment, the gallery in the north wing of Columbus Station is once again open to visitors. bremenports made use of the restricted access period during the pandemic to carry out urgent refurbishment work.

Owing to damage caused by damp, the entire floor structure of the arcades right down to the concrete slab had to be demolished and replaced. After the work on the floor was completed, the concrete was refurbished and extensive paintwork carried out.

The work involved not only the visitors’ gallery, but also another gallery underneath which was not open to the public. Inspections carried out in September 2018 had revealed that both these building sections were in urgent need of repair.

“Cruise shipping plays an important role at our ports,” said Dr Claudia Schilling, Senator for Science and Ports. “The gallery lets the people of Bremerhaven as well as tourists experience not only a maritime holiday flair but also provides a fascinating view into the world of cruise shipping. I am therefore very pleased that the refurbishment of Columbus Station has boosted the terminal’s role as a tourist attraction once again.”

In contrast to the situation before the pandemic, access to the visitors’ gallery is now only possible through the building at Steubenstrasse 7. There is no longer access from the cruise terminal CCCB

On ship departure days, the doors to the gallery open at 8 am and close half an hour after the ship has sailed. The first opportunity for “ship spotters” will be on 21 May, when two cruise liners are scheduled to arrive in Bremerhaven.