The ancient and modern collide in this thrilling metropolitan city. Home to thriving technology, science and space industries, Bremen boasts a modern outlook as well as some of the most beautiful architecture in Germany, which has seen its city centre gain UNESCO World Heritage status.
In the spirit of the city itself, the Bremen hotels range from modern state-of-the-art to cosy traditional accommodation, with something for every budget.
History and architecture
The jewel in Bremen's crown is the beautiful Marktplatz or Market Square, home to stunning examples of medieval and Gothic architecture including the unique Rathaus (town hall) where the stone carvings tell the story of the founding of the city. Sit and sip a beer and take in the sense of history of the square, which is dominated by the huge 'Roland' statue – a symbol of the city's freedom erected in 1404.
The recently restored Schnoor district is also a great place to take in the atmosphere of the old city. Stroll through its narrow medieval streets and imagine them filled with their original residents, fishermen, traders and craftsmen. Today, the area is home to boutiques, bars and cafés and is a great place to lose yourself in the culture and history of Bremen.
Universum Science Centre
The stunning space-aged building housing the Universum Science Centre couldn't be further away from the medieval splendour of Bremen's historic centre. Marvel at its mirrored surfaces and clean, curved lines before stepping inside to learn more about the world around you and the universe beyond.
Museums and culture
There is plenty to do and see in Bremen for art lovers and culture vultures. Head to the picturesque Böttcherstraße to visit the magnificent paintings by Cranach in the Roseliushaus and the Paula Modersohn Becker Museum's wonderful collection of modern art.
The recently reopened Kunsthalle Gallery houses a superb collection of European and international modern art. Bremen also has a programme of public art, and you will come across installations everywhere as you explore the city.
Situated in the heart of Bremen just a few paces from the town hall, the Glocke is the traditional home of music in the city. The famous soprano, Dame Margaret Price, proclaimed it, ‘the finest hall in the world for singers’, and there is an impressive programme of concerts throughout the year.
Eating out and nightlife
If you’re after traditional German fare, you’ll find plenty of charming and authentic German restaurants in Bremen, where you can try regional specialities such as ‘Pinkel’ or ‘Knipp’ – both types of sausage. The food should always be washed down with one of Bremen’s specialities, beer or coffee. Not only is the city the home of the Becks Brewery, it is also home to one of Germany's largest coffee producers, Jacobs Kaffee, and there are many coffee shops and beer cellars to enjoy either tipple in.
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