Bremen is a city with a lot of charm, it has precious corners and legends. It is a city that you can visit in a day or two, and it is perfect for a weekend or include it in an itinerary.
In this post I tell you the best things to see and do in Bremen, so you can enjoy your visit to the city to the fullest, and I include the best areas and hotels to stay.
15 ESSENTIAL THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN BREMEN, GERMANY
1. Take a free tour of Bremen
The historic center of Bremen hides amazing stories and legends. With this free tour with a guide in Spanish, you will go through the most beautiful streets of the city and you will get to know the most emblematic places, guided by a guide who will tell you all kinds of anecdotes.
2. Marvel at the Bremen Marktplatz
This beautiful and enormous square has an area of 3484m2, no less. And it is the main square of the city. Inside it houses several treasures declared World Heritage Sites such as the Gothic-style town hall building or the famous statue of Rolando.
Although they are not the only buildings that attract attention, they are all beautiful. Do not miss the details!
3. Visit the statue of Rolando and learn about his legend
In this same square is the statue of Rolando. This almost 6 meter high statue (about 10 meters if measured with the pedestal) was built in 1404 out of wood and later made of limestone. It was born as a symbol of freedom against the then great power of the church.
The statue is against a support column surmounted by a canopy. Rolando holds the sword Durandarte, a symbol of justice.
Legend has it that Bremen will remain free and independent as long as this statue stands. As a curiosity, it is said that in the basement of the town hall there is an exact replica in case the current one is destroyed.
4. Find the statue of the Bremen Town Musicians
This sculpture represents one of the most famous children's tales of the Grimm brothers: the Bremen Town Musicians. The sculpture is the work of artist Gerhard Marcks.
5. Visit the Bremen Cathedral
The Cathedral of Saint Peter in Bremen is one of the most spectacular buildings in the city. It is located on the Bremen Marktplatz square. Its construction lasted several centuries, from the 11th to the 16th, and we can appreciate the romantic and Gothic style in it.
Without a doubt, it is one of the essential stops to make in Bremen.
6. Get lost in the streets of Schnoor, the most beautiful neighborhood in Bremen
Schnoor is the oldest neighborhood in the city and certainly the most beautiful. With narrow streets, it is full of restaurants, shops and old and unique houses.
Most of these houses, typical German with peaked roofs and flowers hanging from the façade, date from the 17th and 18th centuries, although the oldest are from the 15th.
When you arrive in this neighborhood, don't rush, give yourself time to enjoy each street and appreciate every detail. It's worth it!
7. Get to know the Universum Bremen
This unique spaceship-shaped building is an informative science museum. The museum is designed so that visitors interact with most of the exhibits. There are about 250 exhibits.
If you are going to be in Bremen for just one day, you may not have time to visit it. In the museum you will be at least 2 or 3 hours. If you don't have time, at least get to know the building, it's spectacular!
8. Breathe and relax by strolling through the Rhododendron-Park Bremen
This park is the lung of the city of 46 hectares. This garden has one of the world's largest collections of rhododendron and azaleas, as well as a 3.2-hectare botanical garden.
9. Stroll along the Böttcherstrasse
This street with an unpronounceable name is located in the historic center of Bremen. It is not a very long street, barely 100 meters, and it is popular for its unusual architecture.
Many of its buildings were built between 1922 and 1931.
The street and its buildings are a rare example of an architecture that belongs to a variant of the expressionist style. The style of many of the houses can be classified as Brick Expressionism.
10. Get to know the Bremen Mill
In the heart of the historic center is the Mühle am Wall. A Mill that will transport you to the Netherlands. This mill was built in 1888 and is currently a restaurant. It is located in a beautiful park where there is a lake and paths to walk.
11. Church of Our Lady
This church belongs to the evangelist church and is the oldest in the city. It dates from the 11th century, although its stained glass windows were built in the 70s. It is Gothic in style and what stands out the most are the original murals found in its crypt and the beautiful stained glass windows.
12. Stroll along the banks of the River Weser (Schlachte)
It is one of the liveliest areas of the city. There are restaurants, bars and a few markets along the promenade.
In the past, the city wharf and part of the shipyards were located here, but with the founding of Bremerhaven the entire area was remodeled to become a place of leisure and entertainment.
There are curious restaurants open on boats, a training ship and a bunch of breweries. The perfect place to end your visit to the city and enjoy a good dinner and a walk.
And here comes my list of the 12 essential places to visit in Bremen. There are many emblematic buildings in the city, such as the station, carillon, the Roseluis house... It is about walking around and finding the places that you like the most. I hope you tell me!
13. Visit underground Bremen
Just below the streets of the city center lies more than just a hidden world. To gain access you must book a guided tour. In addition to getting to know the Bremen underground, you will learn about its darkest anecdotes and disturbing stories.
14. Make an escape room through the city of Bremen
Something fun that you can do on the streets of Bremen is to play an "escape" in the open air. You have several options and it is something very curious to do in a group around the city.
15. Enjoy activities on the Wümme River
If you feel like adding some activity to your trip to Bremen and the weather is good, I recommend booking a kayak so you can navigate the river, enjoy the surroundings and breathe fresh air surrounded by an environment full of nature. You can hire a guided tour or go on your own by renting a kayak.
WHERE TO STAY IN BREMEN
A cool and cheap accommodation option in Bremen, as well as being centrally located, is the hotel Ibis Budget Bremen City Center 2*
Other great accommodation options in Bremen:
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