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Bremen, Town Hall

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.


旧市街の中心に立つ1405年から1408年に建てられたブレーメンの市庁舎は、ヨーロッパにおけるゴシックとヴェーザールネッサンス様式のもっとも重要な建物のひとつで、建築史と文化史上の宝であり、市を代表する行事会場です。 美しい式典広間のある豪華な建物は、神聖ローマ帝国における市民の独立と主権を証明するものとしてユネスコ世界文化遺産登録の事由に挙げられています。 世界文化遺産ではないけれど見どころ:ブレーメン市庁舎地下のラーツケラーには、最大のドイツワインのコレクションがあります。

十年前から、ユーバーゼーシュタット(海外都市)と名付けられた地区は-ヨーロッパでもっとも大きい都市建設プロジェクトのひとつ-急速に新たな活気ある市街区に成長しました。 シュラハテの岸辺の延長遊歩道は、ヴェーザー川に沿ってシュテファニ地区を経てユーバーゼーシュタット地区のハンザ界隈まで伸びています。 伝統の港湾経済と工業はそのまま残り、ユーバーゼーシュタット地区の特徴ある雰囲気が守られています。 ヨーロッパ港ではフェスティバルが今も野外で開かれ、材木港と工場港の再開発された倉庫XIの周辺で、定期的にマーケットが立ちます。

15,16世紀に建てられた小さな間口の狭い家が、 細く曲がりくねった小路に立ち並んでいます:この地区の名前は、家がひもに真珠のように並んでいるために、ひもシュヌーアというドイツ語が北ドイツで訛って「シュノール」と呼ばれることから来ています。 この昔の漁師の一角には、ロープ作りが住んでいたのでそう呼ばれるようになった、という説もあります。 ヴェーザー川のすぐそばのシュノールでは、人々は金銀細工や手工芸職人の店をのぞいたり、数多くあるカフェやレストランでくつろいだり、可愛い店を訪ね歩いています。

ドイツ屈指の財団美術館であるブレーメン美術館 (クンストハレ) には、様々な傾向の作品があります。

所蔵のコレクションは、ヨーロッパ美術や国際的な近代作品の概観を示す、素晴らしい内容のものです:ルネサンス期から現代に至る、絵画や彫刻、版画、メディアアートを網羅しています。 重点になっているのは、19&20世紀のフランスとドイツの絵画です。 とりわけ感銘を与えるものとして、定期的に開催される特別展、モネやセザンヌといった印象派の作品、コリントやリーバーマン、パウラ・モーダーゾーン=ベッカーらの絵画が挙げられます。


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