Bremen is a commercial and industrial city based in the North of Germany. It’s not a city that many people would think of adding to their bucket list, but it’s well worth a visit! Here’s our advice on how to spend the day exploring Bremen:
The Hole of Bremen is basically a manhole cover on Bremen’s central market square. You’ll find a coin slot in the centre of the manhole cover and if you insert a coin in to it, you’ll be honoured by the sound of one of the Town Musicians of Bremen. The infamous Town Musicians are an odd collection of animals with a wonderful story filled with bravery and heroism. A bronze statue can be found near the entrance to the Town Hall.
The Bremen Town Hall is a magnificent sight and its history is equally magnificent. Located in the Market Square, the structure was built between 1405 and 141, but the Renaissance façade was added 2 centuries later. Visitors can go on guided tours of the hall to get a brief history of the building and access to the Upper Hall. Outside the town hall you’ll find a statue of Roland, the protector of Bremen.
Interesting Fact: The Bremen Town Hall is a UNESCO Heritage site.
3. St. Peter’s Cathedral (Dom St. Petri)
Situated in the market square in the centre of Bremen, this magnificent structure was built in the 14th century and if you make the effort to climb to the top of the South Tower you will be rewarded with some of the best views of the city. Eight glass top coffins lay in the lead basement where you will be able to view eight mummies, St. Peter’s Cathedral a treat for history buffs!
4. Schnoor Quarter
A beautiful place, described in some guide books as a ‘string of pearls’, you’ll find pretty houses and shops which date as far back as the 15th century and as recent as the 19th century. The best time to visit is during the evening when the winding narrow lanes and cobbled passageways of the Schnoor Quarter are lit up. You’ll feel like you’re visiting the set of a real lift fairy tale.
If you are looking for a day trip packed with history and romance, then Bremen should be on your list of possible places to visit.
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