Bremen is a picturesque city in the noth of Germany with a population of 550.000, the city was once a member of the medieval Hanseatic League and is still one of the most important in northern Germany. Together with the city of Bremerhaven on the North Sea it forms Germany's smallest state.
Known worldwide for the brothers Grimm's fairy tale "Town Musicians of Bremen" and for the beer Becks, which is brewed in a factory on the riverside, Bremen has grew from being a small fisherman's village to a large city with a a vibrant cultural life and nightlife.
The city centre is very compact and all the major sights are within walking distance, an enjoyable way to discover this city is to rent a bike, everywhere you look you will find WK-Bike stations, this is a bike sharing company from which you can hire a bike for just 1 € / 30 min with a maximun fee of 9 € x 24 h
Start the visit at the townhall square, where you will find the magnificent townhall building and the statue of the 4 musicians of Bremen, adjacent to the townhall you will find the towering Bremen Cathedral, a beatiful example of both Romanesque and Gothic styles, the church is equally impressive inside with beautiful arches and ceiling decorations, it's a must see when visiting Bremen and there is no entrance fee.
The nearby Böttcherstraße is a pedestrian narrow lane that connects the townhall square to the river promenade, it is one of Germany's nicest and most charming streets famous for its unusual architecture and ranks among the city's main cultural landmarks and visitor attractions, it is home to arts and craft shops and is the perfect place to buy some souvenirs.
Now that you have arrived on the banks of the river Weser, you can have a relaxing walk or enjoy a cold beer and a pretzel in one of the many bars overlooking the river, the bars and restaurants on the promenade are a popular hangout place for both locals and tourist and all of them have a large outdoor seating that can get packed during Summer.
In the heart of the city center you can indulge in a endless shopping spree, in particulary along Obernstrasse and Sögestrasse, here you can find all major shops such as H&M, Zara, New Yorker, C&A among others and 2 huge multi-storey department stores Karlstad & Galeria Kauhof where you can find everything under one roof. Shops in Bremen are generally open until 19 with some of the larger chains open until 20 during weekdays while on sunday all shops ( except those catered towards tourist ) are closed.
Are you ready for some more sightseeing ? When in Bremen you must visit the old fishermans village of Schnoor, the oldest part of the city, miraculously escaped the destruction of the second world war where you will find perfectly kept medieval buildings you and a large selection of restaurants mostly catered to tourist where prices tend to be higher than elswhere in the city.
When graced with good weather conditions you can relax in one of the cities many parks, including the Buergerpark know as the "green lung", this is the largest and most popular park in the city located just behind the central station. Large fields, lakes, playgrounds, picnic spots, restaurants and biergartens, this park has something for everyone, you can easily spend the whole afternoon here.
Travelling with children ? You can pay a visit to the Universum Bremen, a futuristic science center where both adults and children can have fun with lots of interactive experiences. It is possible to try, touch, feel, hear and see all different fields of science.
General admission is 16 € x adult and 11 € x children over 6 years but you can save money purchasing a family ticket or an evening ticket for just 5 € which will allow you to stay for 1:30 h before closing time. The science center is located at the very end of Burgerpark therefore the fastest and easiest way to get here is by taking the tram 6 (direction Universität) which runs at very regular intervals.
Are you a beer lover ? You have come to the right place ! The legendary Becks beer was founded in Bremen in 1873, its brewery can be found on the Weser river bank within walking distance from the city center and is open to visitors with tours available several times a day. The brewery tour offers a fascinating insight into the art of beer brewing with a wealth of information on the brewery itself and its well-known brands: Beck' s and Haake-Beck. Visitors are then guided through the museum, the raw material rooms, the brewhouse and pass the malt silos, fermantation and storage tanks. Finally, guests are invited to test beers in the guest room. Admission fee is 14,50 €
The large student population of the city makes sure that the party never stops in Bremen, you can go clubbing just any day of the week and come home just as the day breaks. Most clubs can be found in the area of the central station, however we do recommend to have a drink or two in one of the lively bars in the neighbourhood of Das Viertel, the most colourful and bohemian area of Bremen just a short walk from the historic centre.
I myself have lived in this city and go back often to experience its charm & authenticity and I have always been welcomed with a smile :)
Suggested lenght of stay: 3 days