THE HANSEATIC CITY of BREMEN
Bremen, the cosmopolitan city on the Weser river, looks back on 1,200 years of history. Although the grand old buildings around the market square betray its roots as an ancient trading centre, Bremen has the feeling of a thriving city on the up. Besides its cosmopolitan appeal, Bremen offers a journey back through the centuries, full of monuments to a distinguished history and bristling with enthralling stories. There are pretty little houses lined up like pearls on a string, donkeys that shake hands and a cathedral under close observation.
The 600-year-old town hall, whose Weser Renaissance-styled facade was added in the last years, and the Roland Statue . erected in 1404, are the most precious cultural treasures in Bremen. Since 2004 they have been protected by UNESCO as a piece of world heritage. For more information about the history of Bremen click here.
THE TOWN MUSICIANS OF BREMEN You can see the famous sclupture outside the town hall. These four animals from a famous fairytale is the most popular attraction in Bremen.
BÖTTCHER STREET The street was build in the 1920s. Here you can find a 110 meter long lane of houses, shops and restaurants, museums, workshops and a carillon.
THE SCHLACHTE EMBARKMENT A wealth of restaurants with beer gardens, riverboats and a quayside. The Schlachte is a nice place for a night out.
THE SCHNOOR DISTRICT Bremen´s oldest district is a maze of lanes lined with little 15th and 16th century houses, restaurants and souvenir shops.
THE VIERTEL Viertel (literally “quarter”), consisting of the subdistricts Ostertor and Steintor of two different administrative districts, is a centrally situated suburb. Here you can find many restaurants, shops and bars. The Viertel is always crowed and a great place for a night out.
THE BÜRGERPARK In the heart of the city is the Bürgerpark. One of Germany’s most important country parks, it covers an area of more than two hundred hectares together with the adjacent Stadtwald forest. Starting very close to the central station, the Bürgerpark is a great place to get some exercise in the fresh air or just go for a stroll.
THE CHRISTMAS MARKET In the run-up to Christmas, the city centre around the town hall and the Roland statue, a UNESCO world heritage site, is transformed into an atmospheric Christmas market with more than 170 festively decorated stalls. It is regarded as one of Germany’s finest Christmas markets.
THE ÜBERSEESTADT DISTRICT Bremen’s newest district, offers more architectural gems. The Speicher XI Dockland Museum exemplifies the transformation of an old warehouse. This former port building with its historical brick-built exterior now houses an innovative mixture of art, entertainment and office space.
Download the tram/bus route map here.
The public transportation in Bremen is organized by the BSAG. Main changing stations are the central station (Change also to regional and long distance trains) and the Domsheide in the city center. A ticket is 2,70 Euro and available directy in the tram or bus.
University of Bremen
The University of Bremen is one of 11 institutions classed as an “Elite university” in Germany. Approximately 20000 students are studying, teaching, researching, and working in for the university. It has become the science center of North West Germany.
Its commitment was rewarded with the title “Stadt der Wissenschaft 2005” (City of Science of 2005), which science, politics, business and culture won jointly for Bremen and Bremerhaven, by the Foundation for German Science (Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft).
Some of the paths that were taken back then, also referred to as the “Bremen model”, have since become characteristics of modern universities, such as interdisciplinary, explorative learning, social relevance to practice-oriented project studies which enjoy a high reputation in the academic world as well as in business and industry. Other reform approaches of the former ‘new university’ have proven to be errors such as waiving a mid-level faculty, tripartite representation or too “student-friendly” examination regulations and were given up in Bremen a few years down the track.