The Alexander von Humboldt found international fame after featuring in an advertisement for Beck’s beer. The three-masted tall ship sailed the seven seas as a naval training vessel for many years before being decommissioned in 2011. Now, the ship with the distinctive green sails has found its way home and become another jewel on the Schlachte Embankment. Talking of Beck’s beer, the brewery is just a 15 minute walk from where Alexander von Humboldt is berthed and can be visited as part of a tour.
Bunks for the night and great food from the ship’s galley
There are 38 bunks on the ‘Alex’, which is berthed right next to the Admiral Nelson, also known as the Pannekoekship. The ‘Alex’ was completely overhauled, including the removal of all the old pipework, by Jörn Haumüller and Timo Westphal at BVT Brenn- und Verformtechnik Bremen GmbH in Bremerhaven. Some of the original wooden panelling was retained and some parts had to be repaired, while others were completely redesigned. The large eight-bunk chambers, known – not without good reason – as ‘puma cages’, were converted into nine comfortable double cabins and five four-bed cabins, all with ensuite bathroom (complete with sink, shower, toilet and heated towel rail), TV and Wi-Fi. The mess and the passageways are painted in a gleaming white, which combines with the dark timbers and wooden panelling to form a harmonious whole.
The restaurant’s menu changes every month and offers a range of freshly prepared, regional and seasonal dishes. A selection of wines and other drinks are available to complement the food. The kitchen is open every day between 11.30am and 9.30pm.
The legendary tall ship is also available to hire as a special venue for private events. The ‘Blue Lagoon’, the captain’s realm and heart of the ship, was formerly used for official engagements and has been preserved in its original state. The ship can accommodate small private parties and larger functions for up to 120 guests.