Bremen is a picturesque city that is located in Northern Germany. A city that is as eclectic as it is historic, there are a bunch of neat things to keep you occupied if you’re stopping in for a full day. It was one of my favourite cities that I had the chance to explore during my two weeks in Germany. If you get the chance to visit, I highly suggest it.
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Visit Old Town and Marktplatz
Bremen’s picturesque Marktplatz is home to many of the city’s attractions, including the lovely Old Town Hall with its five and a half metre tall statue of Germany’s most famous knight, Roland. Built in 1404, the statue remains a symbol of the city’s freedom and independence from the church. Bremen’s beautiful old Town Hall is a Gothic structure that was constructed in 1410 in the city’s Marktplatz. Recently made a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the building boasts one of the most elegant reception halls in Germany.
Visit The Famous Statue of The Bremen Town Musicians
Near the northwest tower of the Town Hall sits a bronze statue of the Bremen Town Musicians – a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a cock (rooster lol) – who are featured in an old folk tale by the Brothers Grimm. Don’t forget to rub the donkey’s foot (not the rooster LOL) for good luck!
Have Lunch at The Ratskeller Restaurant Underneath The Town Hall
After a morning of exploring, you’ll want to refuel. For that, you MUST eat at the restaurant underneath the Town Hall called the Ratskeller. The food is typical German cuisine and also typically delicious! The interior was a shock to me, but in a good way. All the booths are situated in old bookcases. Very cool! You definitely need to enjoy a pint of Beck’s beer as well, I mean, it IS brewed in Bremen, so you have to support the local beer market, right?
Enjoy a Coffee in The Marktplatz While People Watching
I don’t know about you, but once I’m done a meal, I love to grab a coffee and sit in the town square and people watch. Nobody does patios like the Europeans, so sitting back and enjoying the views are part of life’s little pleasures while travelling.
Explore The Schnoor District
And now to talk about my absolute FAVOURITE area of Bremen, The Schnoor District. The charming little medieval district of Schnoor is the oldest part of Bremen. It’s now home to artists and tiny little restaurants, cafés and shops. There are a ton of really cool and eclectic pieces of artwork scattered throughout the Schnoor District and some are somewhat hidden, so always make sure to look up and around to find them. The tiny homes within The Schnoor are old 15th to 18th century homes that were once populated by merchants and fishermen and was one of the areas of Bremen that wasn’t devastated by the events of WWII. You can even pop into an original, untouched bar to grab a beer. It was like having a drink within a history book. The tiny little homes are honestly, the cutest things I’ve ever seen. It’s easy to get lost in the Schnoor, but that’s half the fun of travelling, right?
Bremen was definitely a treat to visit, even if it was just for a day. Have any of you visited Bremen? If so, what was your favourite area to explore? Let me know in the comments below! xo