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Lower Saxony

Germany
Bremen showing modern architecture and a pond

See the city hall and cathedral of this state’s main city and travel to the mouth of the Weser River for a rich maritime tradition.

Split into two distinctive parts, Lower Saxony (Bremen Region) is a lively and appealing area on the Weser River. It is known for its multicultural and metropolitan city of Bremen and intriguing and historic port town of Bremerhaven. Visit this attractive pair of towns for a glimpse into the regional culture.

Wander through the quaint alleys of Bremen’s historic center. Admire the Gothic façade of the Bremen City Hall and pass through its impressive colonnade. Gaze up at the twin spires of the Bremen Cathedral in the heart of the city. This central area is an audiovisual treat after sunset, when the bars and clubs come alive.

Relax at a café in Bremen’s trendy Viertel neighborhood and go shopping in the upscale stores. See a dramatic performance at the resplendent Theater Goetheplatz Bremen. One of the most popular hubs in the city is the Weser River, where such activities as dragon-boat racing and sailing take place. Make your way to the scenic Bremen Bürgerpark and see its impressive landscape gardens, lakes and woodland.

Drive north for 40 miles (65 kilometers) to reach the coastal town of Bremerhaven. Explore the Museum Port–Historical Harbour and board the ships that have been frozen in time. Get a sense of the seafaring customs here at the National German Maritime Museum. Other highlights of the town include the Fiedlers Fischmarkt, the River Weser Dyke Promenade and the Zoo at the Sea.

Explore the neighboring towns along this North Sea Coast area. Popular sights include the Bederkesa Castle and the Borkum Lighthouse.

The state of Bremen comprises two separate enclaves within the larger state of Lower Saxony. It is the smallest German state and is nestled in the northwestern corner of the country. Fly to the Bremen Airport or take a bus or train to the state’s principal city, which you can traverse by bike or tram.

Popular cities in Lower Saxony

New Town Hall which includes a lake or waterhole and heritage architecture
Hannover
Known for Business, Museums and Festivals
The capital of Lower Saxony, one of the areas hardest hit by the Second World War, Hannover is now a major center in northern Germany.

Reasons to visit

  • University of Hannover
  • Hannover Zoo
  • Swiss Life Hall
Bremen featuring heritage elements as well as a small group of people
Bremen
Known for Business, River View and Monuments
Art galleries and antiques give visitors an insight into this historic port city in Northern Germany.

Reasons to visit

  • Universum Bremen
  • Weser Stadium
  • University of Bremen
Goslar showing a city, a fountain and heritage elements
Goslar
Known for Mountains, Museums and Cathedrals
A tranquil medieval town in the heart of Lower Saxony, Goslar rests secluded at the foot of the Harz Mountains, yet it is just a few hours west of Berlin.

Reasons to visit

  • Goslar Imperial Palace
  • Goslarer Rathaus
  • Museum und Besucherbergwerk Rammelsberg
Celle featuring heritage architecture, a square or plaza and a city
Celle
Known for Castles, Museums and Monuments
This charming riverside city is home to a Renaissance and Baroque style castle and ancient timber-framed houses.

Reasons to visit

  • Celle Castle
  • Stadtkirche St. Marien
Langeoog featuring a beach
Langeoog
Known for Marinas, Monuments and Museums
Don’t let its size fool you: With miles of pristine beaches and a quaint village, the small German island of Langeoog will enchant you. 
Norderney
Norderney
Known for Museums, Theaters and Monuments
Norderney awaits: its museums, theater, monuments, and more!