Thanks to excellent co-operation from Colonel Kubiak for GAF Jever, Lt Col Schär for Brockzetel and Colonel Badia and Lt Col Linke for GAF Wittmundhafen we are able to offer another opportunity for those who wanted to see Jever, Brockzetel and Wittmundhafen again but missed our coach visit last year. There was no organised means of transport to and from Jever but
Brian Walker provided some helpful tips below. Attendees were expected to arrive at the meeting points at the times shown below under their own steam.
Wednesday 7th May 2008
1. 09:00 hrs Met by Lt Col Linke at GAF Jever Guardroom for tour of GAF Jever.
Thursday 8th May 2008
2. 09:30 hrs Met by Lt Col Linke at Brockzetel Guardroom for a tour of the Control and Reporting Centre which is now part of the National Air Policing Centre in Kalkar.
3. 14:00 hrs Met by Lt Col Linke at GAF Wittmundhafen domestic site to visit Fighter Wing 71 "Richthofen".
The following attending:
- Dave Cobbold, 101SU, 57-58.
- Celia Cobbold
- Maurice Gavan, 101 SU Ops B. Clarinet in Jade Basin 5+1. Dec56-Jul58.
- Gunter Kipp, Co-author of RAF Hunters in Germany, lives near Oldenburg.
- Maurice Parker, Arm Sqn Feb57-Aug59 Lives in Schortens
- Lori Parker
- Tom Sharratt, 101SU, Leave Clerk, 55-57.
- Brian Walker, 101SU Dec56-Jul58
- Marion Walker
Whilst not organising a visit for everyone, Brian was happy to share with attendees the results of his research on getting to and from Jever and where to stay.
JEVER TRAVEL INFORMATION
There are flights to Bremen from most regional airports with KLM and Lufthansa as well as various ferry crossings to the Continent, both followed either by car or train travel to Jever. The high-speed, jet foil, car ferry crossing, that we used for last year's visit by coach, from Harwich to the Hook of Holland is believed not to run this year.
For flight information go to http://www.flights.airlinecodes.co.uk or simply type into Google the name of your regional airport to Bremen e.g. Bristol to Bremen or London City to Bremen then click GO.
I've so far found the following UK departure airports to Bremen:
London Gatwick (expensive),
London Stansted (by far the cheapest).
There is one change with KLM flights at Amsterdam. Lufthansa flights may change at Paris.
Prices are fairly consistent from most regional airports, but from Stansted the prices seem to be extremely cheap ranging from 1p - £5+.
The Bremen airport web site is: http://www.airport-bremen.de
The telephone number of the Bremen Tourist Office is:
0049 1805 1010 30
web site: http://www.bremen-tourismus.de
email address: email@example.com
A tram service runs every ten minutes or so (Number 6) between the airport and the main railway station. The tram stops 25 yds from the airport check-in area which is very close to arrivals as well. The journey to and from the station takes approximately 17 minutes. A single ticket costs €1.95/£1.41 each way. The distance is 3.5 km. Allow 20 minutes for a taxi journey depending on traffic.
There are regular hourly trains from Bremen either to Jever itself or passing through Jever to the coast with two changes at Oldenberg and at Sande (near Wilhelmshaven). I'm told the connecting train for Jever is usually waiting in the station at Sande to immediately board.
For train information go to http://www.reiseauskunft.bahn.de and fill in your journey details. The train journey takes approximately 1 hr 40 minutes with the two changes.
One is not able to book the journey until 80 or so days beforehand. The name of the railway station at Jever is: ZOB/Bahnhof, Jever.
The Jever Tourist Office email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone number: 0049 4461 710 10.
Hotel accommodation is plentiful in Bremen and Wilhelmshaven, less so in Jever. (Information given in our brief for the 2006 visit you may find helpful - click to see). However, the Schutzenhof Hotel (tel: 0049 44 6193 70) is still operating as a hotel after all these years with good DB&B rates. Three of our visitors who made their own way there last year stayed at the Schutzenhof. I'm told by the tourist office that the hotels in Jever are not exceptional, but still very nice and comfortable. Check out http://www.tourisline.de for hotel accommodation.
Maurice Parker, our local man who lives in Schortens has written with the following:
It will be a pleasure to see you over here and anyone else come to that.
I have extracted the important pages and they are reproduced below. Should anyone be interested then please let me know and I will mail them a copy.
Here are the Hotel and Pension Details. We are only interested in the light brown columns for May2008. Maurice has kindly translated the important details for those who do not speak German. The locations are shown on the map at the bottom. The prices per person per day including breakfast for Hotels and Pensions below range from (exchange rates as at 15Feb08): €25/£18.55 to €55/£40.82.
The locations are shown on the map at the bottom. The prices per person per day including breakfast for Bed and Breakfast below range from (exchange rates as at 15Feb08): €12/£8.91 to €41/£30.43.
The locations are shown on the map at the bottom. The prices per day for Holiday Appartments below range from (exchange rates as at 15Feb08): €28/£20.78 to €58/£43.05.
Here is the map showing where the accommodation is located. The light blue column on the left of the tables contains the map references.