10 tips Bremen
10 tips Bremen
Geographical classification and key data
The municipality and capital of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, which is completely surrounded by Lower Saxony, currently has 557,000 inhabitants and is the eleventh largest city in Germany. Bremen lies on both sides of the Weser and only about 60 kilometres from its mouth in the North Sea. The city area of Bremen, which is 38 kilometres long and 16 kilometres wide, is one of the twenty largest cities in Germany in terms of area. Bremen is 50 kilometres from Oldenburg, 110 kilometres from Hamburg and 120 kilometres from Hanover. Bremen is especially well known nationally and internationally for the football club Werder Bremen, the Bremen Town Musicians and the town hall, which is honoured with the UNESCO advertising title. Every year, especially in spring and summer, Bremen attracts thousands of culture-loving tourists, mostly for a weekend.
Tips for excursions and sightseeing
Since many tourists only make a short stopover in the Hanseatic city, it is recommended to develop some plans before the trip, which one would like to visit and experience during a stay in the northern German city.
Among the most beautiful and interesting leisure activities and sights in Bremen:
1 The Bremen Town Musicians
The Bremen Town Musicians are four fairy tale animals for which Bremen is known worldwide. The origins of the fairy tale lie in the Middle Ages and illustrate the importance of solidarity between the weak (“lower animals”) in the group against the strong (in former times for example heraldic animals) and the victory of the united weak against every form of rule. In the 19th century, the history of the Bremen Town Musicians was written down by the Brothers Grimm. In the old town of Bremen, locals and tourists will find numerous monuments and depictions reminiscent of the Bremen Town Musicians. On the west side of the town hall (accessible by tram lines 2 and 3), the most famous depictions of the donkey, the dog, the cat and the cock can be found throughout the city. The bronze sculpture was conceived in 1951 by the artist Gerhard Marcks.
2. The town hall and the Roland
Especially worth seeing in Bremen is the Roland statue erected in 1404 in front of the town hall directly on the market square. The statue is considered a landmark of the city and has been a listed building since 1973. The statue’s clothing and hairstyle give a hint that the figure is a free man of a knightly way of life. The sword he raised symbolizes urban jurisdiction as a typical badge of the knight. The shield with the eagle coat of arms of the empire is to be interpreted as a sign of Bremen’s long struggle for independence from the empire. In 2004, the statue of Roland and the Town Hall were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
3. The district Schnoor
Bremen’s oldest district, the Schnoor, attracts countless tourists every year, as it is a beautiful and listed part of the city, in which even driving is prohibited. Artists, craftsmen and craftsmen have preserved their tradition, which has its origin in the Middle Ages, until today and live and work mainly in the Schnoor. The district scores with original small shops and an unbeatable experience gastronomy and is particularly popular with families. Narrow streets, lined with beautiful old buildings, as well as imaginative fountains and sculptures invite to extensive walks in this quarter, in which time seems to have stopped.
Vegesack is one of the northernmost districts of Bremen. Almost 400 years ago, Germany’s first artificial harbour was built in Vegesack. For a long time, the inhabitants of this part of the city lived exclusively from fishing. Today, the district enchants with its rustic harbour house, a fountain column and a bronze whale pine. In the last few years, modern shopping and leisure centres have settled here, which represent Bremen’s modern orientation, in addition to the rather contemplative souvenirs of a long time gone by. In the Vegesack both culture and shopping enthusiasts get their money’s worth. On the first weekend in June, the Vegesack Harbour Festival takes place. In addition, a visit to the first German training ship in the Lesum estuary in Vegesack is worthwhile. For many years the merchant navy trained the trainees here, before the ship was converted into an educational institution.
Böttcherstraße is an approximately 100 metre long street in the old town of Bremen. Due to its unique architecture, the road is one of the most frequented by tourists in the city. Already the entrance of the street convinces with the golden facade relief “Der Lichtbringer” by the artist and sculptor Bernhard Hoetger. The Böttcherstraße fascinates with a wide range of hotels, museums, handicraft workshops, shops and restaurants and leaves nothing to be desired by tourists!
6 The Schlachte
This maritime mile is located right in the centre of Bremen, within walking distance of the market square and the Bremen Town Musicians. On this mile, tourists can relax and watch the ships, go on a boat or boat trip, stroll, indulge in culinary delights or celebrate. On Saturdays there is also a large antique and flea market in the area, which invites you to stroll and haggle to your heart’s content. When the weather is fine, the numerous terraces and beer gardens, which offer space for up to 2,000 people, invite locals and guests to linger.
The culinary offer here is hardly to be surpassed: Thus the guests have the agony of the choice between the typical Bremen beer or a Bavarian measure. Many events take place along the mile, especially when the weather is fine. In the summer months, for example, every Saturday is rung in with lively live music.
7 The Overseas City
The overseas city has been under construction in western Bremen since the beginning of the 2000s. The overseas city is only about two kilometres away from the Schlachte entertainment mile and will in future house a mix of apartments, commercial, offices, services, trade and logistics. Bremen’s infrastructure has been specially adapted so that the overseas city can be easily reached by car as well as by public transport. The project is supported by WFB Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH. With a total area of around 300 hectares, the Überseestadt is one of the largest urban development projects in Europe and is also known throughout Europe for its major port renewal programme. Further building projects on this site speak for a gastronomy, cultural and leisure stronghold to be built in the near future.
8 The Art Hall
The Kunsthalle Bremen, which is easily accessible on foot from the Old Town, regularly attracts guests from Germany and abroad to the Hanseatic city with its diverse exhibitions of national and internationally renowned artists. The impressive building of the Kunsthalle has been a listed building since 1977 and is therefore a real magnet for tourists who are not necessarily interested in art. The Kunsthalle’s website provides timely and detailed information about the constantly changing exhibitions. The Kunsthalle is also currently the only museum in Germany with a large art collection from the 14th – 21st centuries and is still privately owned.
9 The offer of museums
Like hardly any other German city, the Hanseatic city boasts an enormous number of museums and cultural institutions. These include, for example, the Universum Bremen. The building, which already looks imposing from the outside, houses around 300 exhibits in the Science Center there. A spacious outdoor area and constantly changing exhibitions round off the sightseeing offer there perfectly. Botanika Bremen is also worth a visit. Guests can stroll through fascinating plant worlds and experience the Asian way of life and construction. A special highlight is the big golden peace Buddha in the Japanese garden. The peace symbol was set up in Bremen at the initiative of the Dalai Lama. Expressly the figure should not be regarded as a place of worship. After visiting the Botanika, a relaxing walk through the Rhododendron Park, through the Rose Garden and past the Japanese Garden is recommended. A real holiday feeling is guaranteed!
10. Space guidance
Anyone interested in how the crew of the ISS communicates with Earth or who absolutely wants to know how food and water get onto the ISS space station should not miss a visit to the visitor centre at Airbus Defence & Space in Bremen. Here, guests can experience first-hand how the experts on the ground communicate with their colleagues in space and get lots of insider information from the friendly museum guides. The entire tour lasts around two hours and is offered every Saturday from 2 pm to 4 pm. The entrance fee for adults is around 18 euros, pupils and students pay just under 15 euros. It is also possible to look over the shoulders of scientists in their daily work.
Due to Bremen’s wide range of leisure and cultural activities, a visit to the Hanseatic city, even if only for a (long) weekend, is definitely worthwhile. The tranquil and traditional atmosphere, in which the typical hectic pace of a big city has not yet prevailed, guarantees visitors an unforgettable time and complete relaxation.