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Bremen: Hanseatic and cosmopolitan.

Bremen: Hanseatic and cosmopolitan.

Bremen has many faces. The Hanseatic city is the beating heart of north-west Germany and home to the world-famous Town Musicians of Bremen. It is a multifaceted city where history, tradition, science, nature and culture come together in a blend that is fascinating without fail. Bremen is well worth a visit and interest in the 1,200-year-old city by the river is booming.

Bremen perpetuates tradition

Its citizens are proud of Bremen's long tradition as a Hanseatic city, but they would never boast about it. Tradition and a cosmopolitan lifestyle come together here by the Weser. You can enjoy a coffee in the "gute Stube" (best room), the name given to the area around Bremen's market square with its magnificent Town Hall (UNESCO World Heritage Site), or sip a chilled beer on the lively "Schlachte" waterfront. In days gone by, ships from all over the world docked here. You can still see some great classic vessels, including the Alexander von Humboldt. The city has so much more to explore, including the Schnoor – Bremen's oldest district – or the unusual architecture on the elegant Böttcherstraße. Autumn is a time for fun and celebration among Bremen's residents and visitors, as this is when the Freimarkt, Germany's oldest and third-largest funfair, opens its doors. Every year, over four million visitors enjoy all the thrills of this great annual fair with its countless rides and beer tents.

Bremen inspires curiosity

A trip to Bremen can also involve a flight to the stars, a walk through a whirling tornado or an expedition through the humid jungles of Borneo. Visitors can experience the tremors of the earthquake sofa at the Universum Science Center or embark upon an eighty-minute voyage around the globe at the Übersee-Museum. Bremen's educational attractions make you eager to discover more and set off on new adventures. How about a visit to the International Space Station, built in Bremen? Or maybe some off-road training in one of Germany's most modern car factories?

Bremen is brimming with art and culture

Old masters and a vibrant youthful culture come together in perfect harmony in Bremen. Take a stroll along the "culture mile", visiting the internationally renowned Kunsthalle art museum or the sculpture or design museum along the way. The nearby theatre also has a lot to offer. Just a few steps from here, by the banks of the river, Bremen's inhabitants come together in summer for the Breminale, a great riverside festival, and daring acrobats arrive for the La Strada street performance event. The Hanseatic city by the Weser is certainly a vibrant destination offering a wealth of experiences.

Bremen invites you to enjoy the finer things in life

Bremen is so much more than just a "beautiful historic city". It is also "unpretentious" and a "stress-free family city" with a wide range of recreation facilities. At least, that's what people across Germany said when questioned in a recent survey. And Bremen is green! Not just because of two of the Hanseatic city's great emblems – Werder Bremen football club and the traditional brewery Beck und Co. – which have made this colour synonymous with the city. The cityscape also impresses with its lush green spaces, beautiful parks and charming gardens. All of which make Bremen an ideal city to explore by bike. This green metropolis is also renowned for its culinary delights. From delicious chocolates and fine wines to full-bodied coffee and refreshing beer – many famous brands have made the old trading town their home. But the city excels in more than just production. Bremen is also the perfect place to savour the finer things in life. A wide selection of restaurants, bars, cafés and craft producers invite you to sample their wares.

The legendary Town Musicians of Bremen

Bremen's inhabitants are proud of their fairy tale animals, regarded as an unofficial emblem of the Hanseatic city alongside the Town Hall and Roland UNESCO World Heritage Site. A survey has clearly illustrated the city's strong association with the fairy tale, with almost one third of respondents across Germany spontaneously mentioning the Town Musicians of Bremen when questioned about the city. The four companions can be spotted in the form of a number of statues all over the city. The largest is situated right next to the west side of the Town Hall. And every Sunday between May and October, they tell their fairy tale live and in colour on the Domshof square.

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.

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.

The Kunsthalle in Bremen, one of Germany's foremost art galleries financed entirely by private patrons, embraces a wide range of artistic styles.

The collections offer an impressive overview of European art and international modernism, encompassing paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and media art from the Renaissance to the present day. A key focal point is the collection of French and German paintings from the 19th and 20th century. Particularly impressive are the regular special exhibitions, as well as pieces by Impressionists such as Monet and Cézanne and paintings by Corinth, Liebermann, Beckmann and Modersohn-Becker.

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Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm, Tuesday 10am-9pm

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The Bremen Freimarkt is one of Germany's oldest fairs, with a history dating back more than 950 years. The main event is the procession on the second Saturday.  In recent times, a feature of the Bremen Freimarkt has been the historical market on Liebfrauenkirchhof where traders dressed in quaint costumes offer their wares and revive the crafts, trickery, music and culinary treats of yesteryear.
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Upcoming dates:

18.10.2019 - 03.11.2019

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Marktplatz, Bürgerweide
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28195 Bremen

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The market square with its historical buildings is the perfect setting for Bremen's enchanting Christmas market. Visitors come from far and wide to browse around the craft stalls and Christmas exhibitions in the town hall (lower hall) and in Böttcherstrasse. Christmas concerts add to the festive mood.
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Upcoming dates:

25.11.2019 - 23.12.2019

Venue

Marktplatz, Weserpromenade Schlachte
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28195 Bremen

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

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