Vegesack harbour is the oldest man-made harbour in Germany. The first artificial harbour in Germany was built in 1622 when the river Weser became increasingly silted up and ships were no longer able to get into the heart of Bremen. From here the goods were transferred to smaller and lighter boats and ferried into the city. As maritime trade was increasingly conducted via Bremerhaven from 1823 onwards the importance of Vegesack harbour diminished. Right up until the 1970s it was still a mooring point for fishing boats. Today the museum harbour at Vegesack, with its 23 historical ships, harbour basin and Maritime Mile, is a popular spot for a stroll. It also hosts regular events such as the Lugger Market, the Maritime Festival and, of course, the Vegesack Harbour Festival.