Bremen

Bremen is a city in northwestern Germany, only an hour-long train journey from Hamburg. With 2.4 million people, it is the second most populous city in northern Germany and eleventh in Germany. Bremen is a picturesque city which can be explored during a one-day trip.

The old town of Bremen offers the main historical attractions of the city. At the market square you will discover Bremen’s beautiful Rathaus (Town Hall), built between 1405 and 1410 with a Weser Renaissance facade added in the 17th century. In 2004, the town hall was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Right next to the town hall, you will find the Bremer Stadtmusikanten (Town Musician of Bremen) statue. It’s a popular photo scene as the four animals (donkey, dog, cat and cock) are very well known as characters from the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale. The bronze statue was created in 1951 by a German artist.

The St.Petri Dom (Cathedral of St Peter) is located on the market square too and can’t be missed due to its two towers visible from far away, dominating the city skyline. The cathedral is over 1200 years old, having an early-gothic style from the 13th century. The southern Tower of the cathedral is open to visitors, offering a nice view over the rooftops of the city.

Bremen’s oldest district called the Schnoor, with narrow lanes and beautiful houses dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, offers some craft shops, souvenir stores, galleries and restaurants for locals and visitors. On the way from the market square to the Weser river you can pass through the famous Böttcherstrasse, a street with craft shops, restaurants and museums. The 110 meter long lane houses were built in the 1920s.

On sunny days, as Bremen is situated next to the river Weser, I highly recommend to walk along the shores of the river from the Wilhelm-Kaisen-Brücke to the Bürgermeister-Smidt-Brücke. Along this path, you will find some bars and restaurants offering seats outside. On rainy days, I also recommend to visit some museums, such as the Kunsthalle Bremen (museum of art, located close to the old town) or the Übersee-Museum (Overseas Museum, a natural history and ethnographic museum, located next to the main train station).