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Bremen, Germany — Sightseeing Highlights

Bremen Marktplatz [photo: Aleksandr Zykov from Russia [CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]]
Bremen Marktplatz [photo: Aleksandr Zykov from Russia [CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]]

Marktplatz (Town square)

A Thousand year-old market square around which life took place in the early beginnings. Find here also the Roland Statue: In history Roland is seen as the protector of the city and the high held sword of ‘justice’ is a well-known symbol.

Böttcherstrasse

is where history comes alive in Bremen. The street, which is a reproduction of a medieval street is a tourist magnet and reflects the city life how it once was. It stretches only about 100 m (300 ft) from the Marktplatz to the Weser, which is a major river in Germany. The idea to build it came from Bremen’s citizen and coffee trader Ludwig Roselius. Most buildings were built during the 1920’s. Enjoy cafes, restaurants, specialty shops, galleries, art and crafts shops, and art museums (Kunstsammlungen Böttcherstraße) along Böttcherstrasse. Since Bremen is a ‘Free Hanseatic City’ which means it is state and city at the same time, it is allowed to have a casino within city limits.
Bremen Casino is also located at Böttcherstrasse.

Website: http://www.boettcherstrasse.de/

Schnoorviertel

Schnoorviertel [Aaron Zhu [CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]]

Viertel is translated as ‘district’. So, the Schnoor district is Bremen’s oldest district and today it is the neighborhood where artists live and work, where you find interesting galleries and restaurants.

Rathaus (City Hall) & Bremer Stadtmusikanten

The Rathaus (translated: the town hall / city hall) is located right on the Marktplatz and approx. 600 years old. The architecture style is Weser-Renaissance and since 2004 it is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
The ‘Ratskeller’ is the Must-See restaurant in the Rathaus and it offers about 600 wines.
In front of the Rathaus there stands a sculpture called ‘The Bremer Stadtmusikanten’ which is tranlated as the “Bremen Town Musicians”.
The Bremen Town Musicians is a fairy tale written by Brothers Grimm.
A donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster, felt useless and unfairly treated on their farms and left the countryside to seek freedom in the city of Bremen and become musicians. However, they never arrived but they still have their sculpture -where all animals are stacked onto each other – in front of the town hall.

Schlachte Promenade

Bremen. In front the river Weser, to the left the Schlachte and to the right the Teerhof. [photo: wikimedia]
Bremen. In front the river Weser, to the left the Schlachte and to the right the Teerhof. [photo: wikimedia]

A riverwalk along the Weser (river). Strolling along the river and relaxing the views. Enjoy restaurants and cafes.

Website: http://www.schlachte.de/

Dom St. Petri Bremen (St. Peter’s Cathedral)

Located in the Old Town district (‘Altstadt’). The Dom is an attraction itself but it houses also a Museum with several exhibitions and the Bleikeller (translated: Lead Cellar) is worth to visit because it houses the mummified bodies of workers who fell from the cathedral during the construction.

Website: http://www.stpetridom.de/

Kunsthalle Bremen (Art Museum)

This is the art museum in Bremen – it is located: Wall 207, Bremen.

Website: https://www.kunsthalle-bremen.de/

Focke Art Museum

This is the other major art museum in Bremen – it is located: Schwachhauser Heerstr. 240, 28213 Bremen.

Website: https://www.focke-museum.de/

Deutsches Auswanderer Haus (German Emigration Center)

Nearby in Bremerhaven (north of Bremen).
From here many people left their country for a new life in America and Australia. So, may be you ancestors left from here, too.

Website: https://dah-bremerhaven.de/

Klimahaus® Bremerhaven

Nearby in Bremerhaven (north of Bremen). Location: Am Längengrad 8, 27568 Bremerhaven, Phone: 0471 902030 0

An attraction relating to the issue of climate protection: the Klimahaus® Bremerhaven 8° Ost. Europe‘s only exhibition and science centre dealing with the theme of the climate and weather takes visitors around the globe to the world‘s most important climatic zones. In the ‛Elements‘ exhibition area, visitors can carry out their own climate experiments including miniature storms and volcanic eruptions. There are also more than 100 interactive exhibits illustrating the physics of the climate. Other exhibition areas show climatic developments as well as things that people can do in their everyday lives to help protect the environment.

Website: https://www.klimahaus-bremerhaven.de/

Museums

Art Collections Böttcherstrasse (Kunstsammlungen)
https://www.museen-boettcherstrasse.de/
Bremen Radio Museum
https://www.bremer-rundfunkmuseum.de/
The Bremen Radio Museum is an absolute must for anyone interested in the history of technology and the media.
Deutsches Auswandererhaus (German Emigration Center)
http://www.dah-bremerhaven.de/
Focke Museum
https://www.focke-museum.de/
Gerhard Marcks House
https://marcks.de/
Home to a selection of 20th century and contemporary sculpture.
Harbour Museum Speicher XI
https://www.speicherxi.de/
From international port to the Überseestadt district – the 120-year old history of Bremen’s harbour presented interactively in an old cotton warehouse.
Krankenhausmuseum Bremen
https://kulturambulanz.de/kulturambulanz/krankenhausmuseum.php
Located: Züricher Str. 240, Bremen
Kunsthalle Bremen
https://www.kunsthalle-bremen.de/
Museum of Antiquity in the Schnoor district
http://www.antikenmuseum.de/
The museum contains Germany’s most important private collection of antique Greek vases.
Übersee-Museum — Ethnological Museum
https://www.uebersee-museum.de/
The Ethnological Museum takes visitors on a journey around the globe, from Europe to Oceania.
Universum Bremen Science Museum
https://universum-bremen.de/
Weserburg – Museum of Modern Art
https://weserburg.de/
Wilhelm Wagenfeld House
http://www.wilhelm-wagenfeld-stiftung.de/
Wilhelm Wagenfeld House explores current trends in design and everyday culture.
Till Eulenspiegel Museum
https://www.eulenspiegel-museum.de/
Visitors to the Till Eulenspiegel Museum in Schöppenstedt will discover that there’s much more to this colourful children’s character than just a harmless clown.

Bremen Travel Overview, Weather & more

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