Bremen Roland Statue
The Bremen Roland Statue is an iconic Bremen emblem that has stood nobly facing the Bremen Cathedral since 1404. It is believed to be the oldest surviving example of the Roland statues erected all over the former Holy Roman Empire and represents civic liberty and trading rights in medieval Europe. Look up at the statue’s fascinating ornamentation and learn about the city’s struggle for independence. The statue’s position near the beautiful Weser-Renaissance Bremen City Hall and the Bremen Cathedral make this one of the most impressive spots for snapping photographs of Europe’s own “Statue of Liberty.”
Stroll around the marketplace to appreciate the captivating streetscape of the historic square. The Bremen Roland statue stands in the center of the square and depicts the historical figure who was a military leader for the first Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne, as well as a hero in the Battle of Roncevaux Pass.
Rising to a height of 18 feet (5.5 meters), the imposing figure is dressed in 15th-century attire and looks out over the square as a symbol of protection and freedom. You’ll see his raised sword is unsheathed and the shield he bears is adorned with the two-headed imperial eagle. Look closely to notice the lute-playing angel on his belt and the inscription on the shield. This inscription recites the city’s rights and privileges as granted by the 9th-century Holy Roman emperor. A canopy rises above the statue on a supporting column and reaches a peak of 33.5 feet (10.2 meters).
Traditionally, the statue is claimed to protect the city’s independence for as long as it looks out over the square. Legends say that another Roland statue is kept in the Old Town Hall’s basement vaults to swiftly replace the old statue if it falls.
Take photographs of the monumental UNESCO World Heritage-Listed Bremen Roland statue with its backdrop of magnificent heritage architecture. While in the area, be sure to check out the Bremen City Hall, the Bremen Cathedral and the Town Musicians of Bremen statue. The Roland statue is free to visit at any time of day.