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Town hall and Roland statue in Bremen

Town hall and Roland statue in Bremen

It is one of the most beautiful town halls in Germany: the magnificent facade is a textbook example of the Weser Renaissance architecture typical of northern Germany. Along with the Roland statue, the city's very own 'statue of liberty', it still stands as a reminder of the pride that the locals have for their city, their freedom and their sovereignty.

Once inside the town hall, you simply must take a look in the Upper Hall. In this exquisite room, the lovingly crafted model ships dating from the 16th to the 18th century reflect the importance of shipping for the city. Other special attractions include the adjoining Golden Chamber with its art nouveau features. A gem of a different kind can be found below ground: the historical Ratskeller – Germany's oldest wine cellar. Writers such as Wilhelm Hauff and Heinrich Heine used to come here for inspiration, and today's visitors can still sample from the largest collection of German wines in the country.

Back on the market square, you can stand eye to eye with Sir Roland – or rather eye to knee. Because at five and a half metres in height (10.21 metres including the base and baldachin), this is the tallest free-standing sculpture of the German Middle Ages. It represents Hanseatic freedom and also served a much more practical purpose: as the distance between the knees is exactly one Bremen 'elle', a historical unit of measurement, it is thought that the pragmatic Bremen merchants used it to measure out their material. Today, it is customary to touch Roland's pointed knees before setting off on a stroll through the lanes of Bremen old town.

Opening times, tours and tips

Guided tours

Guided tours of the town hall: Monday to Sunday: several times a day; Sunday: 11am and 12 noon

The town hall is closed to visitors during official receptions and other events.

Guided tours of Bremen: daily at 2pm; April to October, additional tours on Saturdays at 11am

Further information:

www.bremen-tourism.de

Events
An exclusive concert weekend featuring the German Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Bremen in Knoops Park on the banks of the River Lesum.
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Upcoming dates:

28.06.2019 - 30.06.2019

Venue

Knoops Park
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28195 Bremen

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.
Live music in circus tents, outdoor art on the banks of the Weser river, jugglers and entertainers, imaginative children's games, open-air cinema, theatre, dance, readings by authors etc.
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Upcoming dates:

03.07.2019 - 07.07.2019

Venue

Weserufer/Osterdeich
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28195 Bremen

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

The Breminale, the huge arts festival in Germany's smallest federal state Bremen, has been held on the Weser riverbank every summer for around 25 years. Excitement reaches fever pitch in the red and white striped tents, on and around the stages and everywhere else on this festival site which stretches for almost a kilometre, as around 100 bands entertain hundreds of thousands of visitors with an extremely diverse and thrilling programme.

This Weser riverbank festival is a success story – and the reputation built up by the Breminale over the last few decades is fully deserved. It's not a complicated formula but the secret lies in engaging top-class artists and constantly coming up with fresh ideas and surprises for people walking to and from the stages. Right through from midday to late at night, jugglers and entertainers, independent theatre troupes and traders, outdoor art, a children's programme, an open-air big screen, dance, literature and readings are as much part of the festival as a vast array of international food and drink. It's the mix of different cultural strands that makes the Breminale atmosphere unique. Perhaps the free admission to every event makes everything just a touch sweeter and contributes to the light and airy festival vibe. Ever increasing visitor numbers are the best recommendation.

Upcoming dates:

03.07.2019 - 07.07.2019

Venue

Festivalgelände
Osterdeich 79-80
28205 Bremen

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

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