Art and antique galleries help to understand the history of this port city in northern Germany.
Bremen is the oldest coastal city in Germany. It was born as a small fishing village and grew to become one of the main ports in Europe and the second largest city in northern Germany in terms of population.
Take a day or two to explore Bremen's historic neighborhoods and buildings, which are fairly well preserved. Bremen is located northwest of Hanover, next to the river Weser, near the North Sea. It contains numerous examples of German Gothic and Renaissance architecture, such as the Schötting, 17th-century town hall, and Böttcherstrasse, a reproduction of a medieval street lined with restaurants, shops and galleries. The street, which was rebuilt after the Second World War, was designed to recreate German life in the city during that time.
You can walk through the Schnoor neighborhood, where you will find artists and artisans selling African souvenirs, jewelry and Christmas accessories in the shops and art galleries located in the medieval buildings of the area. This historic restored site, located east of the city, was an old fisherman's home.
If you are interested in haute couture, come to Lloyd-Passage, which is full of chains of exclusive signatures. You can also go to the Waterfront shopping center, located next to the Weser River, which has more than 80 stores selling fashion, accessories, footwear and leather goods. In addition, various festivals, concerts and food fairs are held throughout the year.
In the shopping areas of Bremen you will find many restaurants, but if you are looking for something more traditional, you have to go to Schlachte, on the banks of the Weser river. In Böttcherstrasse, you can try the fish and cabbage dishes typical of the city, such as Labskaus, a plate of sailors based on potatoes and meat.
You can follow the guided tour of the Beck's brewery, available in English and German. Or enjoy a night out in the Schlachte and Viertel areas, with a younger audience. If you are looking for a quieter alternative, try the Böttcherstrasse pubs and wineries.
If you find an offer to travel to Bremen directly, you will land at the international airport located three kilometers south. Then you will have no problem getting around the city by bus and tram.
Where to sleep in Bremen
Before packing your suitcase, book your accommodation in Bremen through the different websites, where you will find 45 hotels and other types of accommodation near you.
If you are looking for a place to stay in Bremen that offers the best services, check out Dorint Park Hotel Bremen, located in Im Buergerpark, and Radisson Blu Hotel, Bremen, located in Boettcherstr. 2. If these don't convince you, you may be interested in EHM Hotel Bremen City or Buthmann im Zentrum.