• 0
Bremen and Bremerhaven: the city, the countryside and the sea.

Bremen and Bremerhaven: the city, the countryside and the sea.

Bremen: a regional capital and trading city with a long-standing maritime heritage. Bremerhaven: 1,000 years Bremen's junior but still steeped in history and with many tales to tell. These two cities together form Germany's smallest federal state – a world of experiences that is cosmopolitan, welcoming and full of pleasures, open to the new and respectful of the old.

Bremen's history goes back more than 1,200 years and is perfectly encapsulated by the baroque and Renaissance ensemble on the market square, home to the UNESCO World Heritage Town Hall and Roland statue, patrician town houses and the Schütting, Bremen's historical guildhall. Sightseers won't even need a map to find their way around. Two thousand nails made of brass and steel guide visitors from the courtyard of the Church of our Lady via the market square to Böttcherstrasse. Once a tradesmen's alley, this narrow lane is now a centre for art and culture, and a jewel in the crown of European cultural history. The people here appreciate the finer things in life – internationally renowned coffee, chocolate of the highest quality, rare spices, tasty fish specialities and, of course, world-class beers. These can all be found in the city's charming shops, where time seems to have stood still, or in more than 1,000 cafés, restaurants, bistros and bars. Just 60 kilometres downstream lies Bremerhaven, first established in 1827. From its port, millions of emigrants stole their last glance at Europe before going in search of a better life in America. Many found it, others failed. The German Emigration Centre® recounts their fates in fascinating multimedia exhibits that bring their great adventures back to life. By contrast, the Harbour Worlds complex is rooted firmly in the present day. Here you will find ATLANTIC Hotel SAIL City with its bold curved design, Klimahaus® Bremerhaven 8° Ost and the German Maritime Museum – three absolute must-sees.

Not far from the Maritime Museum is a fountain featuring a small gnome-like character known as the Klabautermann (water sprite). According to folklore this barely two-foot tall imp is the spirit of someone who died and whose soul took up residence in a tree. Should this tree become a mast of a ship, the spirit will transform into a Klabautermann, a welcome figure – in spite of all his bad moods and terrible jokes – because he watches over the ship and its crew. A charming legend – and a classic example of Bremerhaven's maritime heritage. You can find out about life at sea, and about the past, present and future of the entire region at the centrally located History Museum, whose bold, visionary architecture is a standout feature of one of the prettiest and most tranquil parts of this port city. Back in Bremen, another unusual exhibition building is the Weserburg, Bremen's museum of modern art. It is housed in four converted warehouses in the middle of the river and enjoys international acclaim as one of Germany's biggest contemporary art galleries and Europe's first collectors' museum. Staying by the water, the very modern Schlachte is Bremen's newly regenerated promenade alongside the Weser. There's always a great buzz here in the delightful beer gardens and outdoor eating areas – and all with beautiful riverside views, of course. If you find yourself heading back towards the nearby market square from here, don't forget to pay your respects to the Bremen Town Musicians, the world-famous characters from the Brothers Grimm fairytale. Touching the donkey's legs is said to bring good luck, but remember to use both hands. As far as the locals are concerned, using only one hand is simply a case of two donkeys shaking hands. And no visitor to Bremen deserves that!

City Highlights

Built between 1405 and 1408 in the heart of the old quarter, Bremen town hall is one of the most significant Gothic and Weser Renaissance-style buildings in Europe, a historical gem and a venue for prestigious events. The magnificent building with its splendid banqueting halls was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2004 for being a "unique testimony to civic autonomy and sovereignty in the Holy Roman Empire". Not a world heritage site, but still worth a visit, Bremen's Ratskeller has a collection of German wines unparalleled in size.

Bremen's Weserburg Museum of Modern Art is located on the river Weser.

Set in four converted warehouses which housed a coffee roastery until 1982, it is Europe's first collectors' museum. With 6,000m² of exhibition space, it is one of the largest museums of modern art in Germany, enjoying great renown around the world since it was founded in 1991. The Weserburg Museum of Modern Art employs an unusual museum concept and showcases original works by influential contemporary artists.

Over the last ten years, Bremen's Überseestadt – one of the largest urban regeneration projects in Europe – has rapidly developed into a new and vibrant part of the city. The extended Schlachte Embankment takes you on a leisurely stroll along the river Weser and through the area around St. Stephen's church to the Hanseatic quarter of this dynamic district. Traditional port industries and other crafts have been preserved here and contribute to the area's unmistakable atmosphere. Open-air festivals are often held at the Europahafen harbour and there are regular markets at the restored Speicher XI, a former warehouse in the wood and factory harbour.

Pretty little half-timbered houses dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries line the narrow, winding lanes like pearls on a string in Bremen's oldest quarter, the Schnoor. This part of the old fishing quarter is also where ropes were made (low German Schnoor = string), and it is possible that the name of the quarter derives from this. Close to the river Weser, visitors can browse for arts and crafts and hand-made gold, rest their legs in one of the many cafés and restaurants or stroll around the many small shops.

Show more
Events
A baby brother of the Freimarkt fair on the Bürgerweide outdoor grounds.
                           .

Upcoming dates:

12.04.2019 - 28.04.2019

Venue

Bürgerweide
.
28215 Bremen

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.
The international conference > music > markets > management. Infectious jazz rhythms. A sensational line-up of top acts. Country of partnership 2018: Poland
                                                 

Upcoming dates:

25.04.2019 - 28.04.2019

Venue

.
.
28195 Bremen

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.
1,600 varieties of rhododendron and azaleas create a colourful sea of flowers in the largest park of its kind on the continent.
.                                                   

Upcoming dates:

01.05.2019 - 31.05.2019

Venue

Marcusallee
.
28195 Bremen

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

Events

Event search
other search criteria
Reset all