Join us on an enthralling journey through Bremen: You’ll be amazed by the variety of possibilities in the city at the Weser.
Bremen’s highlights range from historical sights such as the UNESCO World Heritage town hall and Roland statue through to north Germany’s biggest fun fair, the Freimarkt. The city also presents a whole host of theatres and museums, sporting events such as the SixDays cycle race and behind-the-scenes insights at Mercedes-Benz and the Beck’s brewery, not to mention the labyrinth of narrow lanes in the Schnoor quarter and the vibrant boutiques of Bremen’s Viertel district.
Don’t just take our word for it – come and see for yourself. We look forward to your visit!
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Sights of Bremen
To the west of the town hall, you can find the most famous representation of the Bremen Town Musicians, the bronze sculpture created in 1951 by the artist Gerhard Marcks.
In the fairytale a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster, all past their prime years in life and usefulness on their respective farms, were soon to be discarded or mistreated by their masters. One by one they left their homes and walked together. They decided to go to Bremen, known for its freedom, to live without owners and become musicians there (“Something better than death we can find anywhere”).
On the way to Bremen, they see a lighted cottage. They look inside and see four robbers enjoying their ill-gotten gains. Standing on each other’s backs, they decided to scare the robbers away by making a din. The men run for their lives, not knowing what the strange sound was. The animals took possession of the house and lived happily for the rest of their days.
Many tourists touch the feet of the donkey as it is supposed to bring luck.
Bremen’s town hall is the main monument of the historical market square. The Upper Hall, where the city council used to convey, is the most magnificent ceremonial venue in Bremen. The model ships that hang from the ceiling bear witness to the importance of maritime trade of the city. If the occasion demands the miniature cannons could even be fired. The gothic building dates ranged between 1405 and 1410 and has a distinctive Weser Renaissance facade. At the start of the 20th century, an extension of the grand old town hall was necessary. The modern building was designed by architect Gabriel von Seidel. In July 2004 the town hall was designated to an UNESCO world heritage.
The Bremen Roland is a statue, which was constructed in the year 1404. It shows Roland the paladin of the first holy roman emperor Charlemagne and hero of the battle of Roncevaux pass.
Roland is shown as protector of the city. His legendary sword is unsheathed, and his shield is emblazoned with the two-headed imperial eagle. It stands in the market square of Bremen, looking to the cathedral.
Statues of Roland appeared in numerous cities of the former holy roman empire as emblems of city liberties. The Roland statue in Bremen is the oldest example of these.
From Bremen the symbol of civic liberty and freedom spreaded to other cities and has become a symbol of the new Europe.
Since 1973, it is listed in the monument protection act. In July 2004, along with the town hall, the statue was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage.
Freimarkt (Free Fair)
The Freimarkt (Free Fair) in Bremen, which was first held in 1035, is one of the oldest fairs in Germany.
With more than four million visitors each year, it is also considered to be the biggest festival in northern Germany.
It is celebrated for 17 days in the last two weeks of October. This year it starts on Friday, 19th of October.
The main area is at the “Bürgerweide” nearby the Main Station and the Exhibition Center.
Ride to Berlin (Capital City)
Berlin, the capital of the federal republic of Germany, is not far away from Bremen. There is the option to travel from Bremen to Berlin in only 3 hours by the train ICE.
You can get your tickets and further information about the trip to Berlin on this page:
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