The Quarter in Travel blogger Markus Kramer from the blog Travelling the World was sightseeing in Bremen and has the best tips for you. See Markus' 10 top locations in Bremen for yourself.
Who needs secret tips if you haven't seen the highlights? These are the ones that make you feel like you've missed out on something.
If you want to move around the city centre without having to use any public transport, you should definitely check out the Schnoor, the Quarter, Schlachte, City centre, the Böttcher Street and the Market with the City Hall, Roland and of course, the world famous Bremer Stadtmusikanten Statue. Some more details about all of that:
You have to see this. The historical part of the city is in such good condition, you would think it was built yesterday. Not to forget, the cathedral's courtyard where you can find a market Monday through Friday. It's the contrary of small and you can find everything there. Come and see for yourself!
… the Bremer Stadtmusikanten are definitely one of the highlights of Bremen. It is a statue that shows a very famous scene out of a children's story. They say it brings luck and health to touch the foot, you should try it! In the middle of the Marktplatz there is the old City Hall and the Roland, both are listed as a UNESCO world heritage.
If you're one who likes to go out at night, especially on weekends, this is the right place for you. Restaurants, pubs, and cocktail bars, one next to the other. On the left hand side you'll find more beer gardens with a view of the Weser. On good weather days it gets pretty full here and it'll take a while until you get a table. I personally recommend the restaurant 'LUV'. I ate there and it was great! Top quality, reasonable prices, super service and at the same time they also work very efficiently there. The place was completely full and I didn't have to wait more than 25 minutes.
… the oldest district in Bremen. It´s a district with many very narrow streets. Many of the streets' names originate from the name of the trades and skilled craftsmen. 'Lange Wieren' for example means long wires. There is really a lot to explore here. Beautiful old buildings. Lots of greenery scattered throughout. Are you looking for great photo motives? Then you are in the right place. There are cute, small souvenir shops, lots of them also sell hand crafts. And there are cafés throughout the Schnoor. Speaking of café. Try the 'Konditorei im Schnoor'. There you can find typical sweets, such as 'Klaben' and 'Kluten' all year around. You simply have to go there, see it and experience it.
… invites you, if you like it a bit more unconventional. Then you are right here. This Quarter is actually called 'Viertel' which translates to Quarter. There are numerous colorful shops and many interesting people. The shops sell unusual things that you can't find everywhere, that's what makes it unique here. It is a lot of fun to check out this area.
… is a tourist attraction. You can find houses built out of bricks in an expressionist style on the 100m long street. Most of the buildings were constructed from 1922 to 1931 and that is thanks to Ludwig Roselius, who was a businessman from Bremen in the coffee branch. The whole complex is listed as a protected site since 1973. You can also find an art museum, the Bremer Bonbon Manufacture, a noble hair salon, various art and jewellery shops and much more.
You want to go shopping? Not more, nor less? Then Bremen is the right place for you. It is a city with many nice shopping streets and pedestrian areas. There also are some malls. With all of these options, it shouldn't get boring. Many places are open until 10pm, even on Saturdays.
…might not be as spectacular as other highlights in Bremen, nevertheless it is very interesting and it might bring some to reflect. It is the shape of an elephant, located in a small park near the main train station. The 10m high elephant made of brick reminds us of the victims of the German colonial rule in Namibia from 1884-1914.
…are to be found at the edge of the historic city, it is a popular park. It is Bremen's oldest and at the same time Germany's first public park. Here you can relax and linger. Once you are there, you should definitely check out the old mill called the Herdentorsmühle. Taking a picture of it, is an absolute must.
…at the local Beck brewery. There are various types of Becks. Too bad I wasn't able to go. Since the tours are from Monday through Saturday, I couldn't do one on Sunday when I was there. I still think it would be cool to see a brewery. Maybe go and check it out if you're there during the week or on a Saturday.
Bremen surprised me. I got to know an old, but well maintained city worth seeing. All of the sights in the city centre were easy to get to by foot. There are many good ways to spend your time here. Have you been to Bremen? Not yet? Then go there and see for yourself. You won´t regret it.
All of the pictures and texts are from Markus Kramer, travel blogger on Travelling the World.