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Bremen

Known for Skyscrapers, Historical Buildings and Culture

Art galleries and antiques give visitors an insight into this historic port city in Northern Germany.

How do you get to Bremen?

Bremen is the oldest coastal city in Germany. It grew from a small fishing village to become one of Europe’s biggest ports and the second biggest city in Northern Germany in terms of population.

Spend a day or two exploring Bremen’s historic buildings and districts, many of which have been preserved. Bremen is northwest of Hanover on the River Weser near the North Sea. It is home to Gothic and Renaissance architecture, such as the Schötting, a 16th-century guildhall, and Böttcherstrasse, a reproduction of a medieval street filled with restaurants, shops and galleries. The street, which was reconstructed after World War II, was designed to be a recreation of German life in the city at the time.

Wander through the district of Schnoor where you will find artists and craftsmen selling African souvenirs, jewelry and Christmas accessories in unique shops and art galleries in the area’s medieval buildings. The restored historic location to the east of the city was originally home to fishermen quarters.

If you are looking for high-end shopping, try the Lloyd Passage, which is a strip of up-market chain stores. Or head to the Waterfront Shopping Center, located on the River Weser, which has more than 80 shops selling fashion, accessories, shoes and leather goods. It also holds a number of festivals, concerts and food festivals throughout the year.

You will find numerous eateries in Bremen’s shopping districts, but for traditional restaurants and cafes, head to Schlachte, along the Weser River. In Böttcherstrasse, you can try traditional cabbage and fish dishes, including Labskaus, a sailor’s dish with potatoes and corned beef.

Take a tour of Beck’s Beer brewery, which is available in English and German. Enjoy a night out in the Schlachte and Viertel districts, which cater to a younger crowd. For a more relaxed alternative, try the pubs and wineries in Böttcherstrasse.

There is an international airport 1.8 miles (three kilometers) south of downtown Bremen. The city is easy to get around by bus and tram.

Best neighborhoods to visit in Bremen

Things to do in Bremen

Catch an event at Weser Stadium during your trip to Bremen. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

Stand in Bremen’s historic market square and take in marvelous views of the ornate Weser-Renaissance façade that fronts this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Walk through this early-Gothic cathedral’s grand nave to learn about a history spanning 1,200 years. See city views from its tower and find mummies in the crypt.

See 600 years of European art in this landmark cultural institution, which has a 19th-century façade flanked by two modern wings along Bremen’s ancient walls.

Find out about the fairytale adventures of the rooster, the cat, the dog and the donkey that have been immortalized in a sculpture in Bremen’s town square.

Take a campus tour or just explore the area around University of Bremen, a top university in Bremen. While you're in the area, stroll along the riverfront.

Discover the world around you with 300 exhibits relating to technology, humankind and nature in this state-of-the-art science center shaped like a futuristic shell.

Enjoy an outing to Freimarkt during your stay in Bremen. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

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