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Where can one get a great breakfast in the morning?

Are there any cultural highlights, museums?

"Hy there, me and my friend were at Bremen three weeks ago, and we have a question regarding to a fountain. So right behind the "rathaus" there is a fountain with five statues in it. Each of them holds a water related animal (frog, fish etc.) except one. Which holds a flute? Why is that? I mean, is that really a flute at all? Thanks in advance." (posted 10/09/2016)

Hello, I think you mean the "Neptune Fountain" on the Domshof in Bremen. This is Triton, son of Poseidon (god of the sea and brother from Zeus, the supreme god in Greek mythology) and Amphitrite. Triton so what a god of the sea, and oft Depicted in art, blowing on its snail shell (Conch), with Which he Could cool the sea or calm it down again. I hope I could give you an answer did has satisfied you. Best regards, Gitta Aberle
Answer provided by Gitta Aberle on 10/11/2016
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Ideas for 2-3 activities and daytrips?

Good restaurants for dinner?

Typical tourist activities or places that one should NOT do, as they are not worthwhile doing.

Things can do to make it a fun and memorable evening?

How to get around and find best means of local transportation?

"Bremen is the last town of the \fairy tale route\. Could I travel this route in the opposite direction, that is from North to South? Thanks" (posted 05/17/2014)

It is possible to travel the route north-south. You can also choose single towns only, as you wish.
Answer provided by Kerstin Schlipf on 05/18/2014
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One can travel the German Fairy Tale Road from North to South. It’s just that the development went the other way round. The birthplace of the Grimm Brothers was Hanau, which is in the south. The initiative for the development of the Fairy Tale Road came from Hessia and was supported by the ministry there. If you look up the entry for the road on Wikipedia, it nicely shows the connections between the towns and the tales.
Answer provided by Herbord Schröder on 05/18/2014
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It does not matter in which direction you travel the German Fairy Tale Route, from Hanau to Bremen (or vice versa), or even where one starts on it.
Answer provided by Iris Beier on 05/18/2014
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Where to find good quality groceries?

Are there any special local events?

Are there any local food specialties one should try out?

What makes this destination special? Why should one spend some time here during vacation?

"Dear Sir, Madam I would like to ask you a question considering my stay in Bremen. Travelling there on a work trip, I would like you to help me with following: I'm looking for any cultural events and entertainment which would be available even in the evening and night hours (because I'll spend most of the day working). I am interested in all means of entertainment from welness to exhibitions or festivals, museums and various shows. I would really appreciate your help very much! Yours sincerely, Lucie" (posted 06/03/2014)

Dear Lucie, Bremen evening to take very many cultural institutions and ways something. It depends on when you will come to Bremen. Evening you can go to the theater or musical, or, if you do not understand the German language, the ballet / modern dance. There are in Bremen also cinemas showing from and to English language films. (Look Castle, Cinema, gondola and Cinema 46) evening and at night there are special guided city tours in Bremen, which are very interesting. You can book via the Bremen Tourist Board. There you get when you are in Bremen, and the latest information on events. You can listen live in Bremen in various clubs and music. For example, in the moment, warehouse, Schlachthof, Schwankhalle, citizens Weserterrassen, in the Bremen City Hall, Lila Eule, Culture Church St. Stephani, slaughterhouse. Dance, for example, in the moment, Purple Owl, Woody and the Romans. There are many restaurants in Bremen, restaurants and pubs. In Hegartys English is spoken, there is also live football transmissions, chips, burgers and Guinness :-) Every month there is a free event calendar: Mix the there are also online. Here you can read all the latest events in Bremen. The official website of the city of Bremen is very informative. The site is also in English, here you will find a lot of information about Bremen. I have a link you copied. http://www.bremen.de/tourism/places-of-interest Sincerely Kerstin Schlipf
Answer provided by Kerstin Schlipf on 06/04/2014
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"Best time of year to visit Bremen .... Why? Your favorite restaurants!!!" (posted 08/28/2015)

Best time to visit Bremen: At the beginning / middle of June Because of the Street Circus LA STRADA. July and August: Because of the weather. In the middle of July: because of the open-air festival Breminale. Between 23 November and 23 December: because of the Christmas Market. Our favorite restaurants: All the many restaurants at the Weser, at the "Schlachte" The Greek restaurant "Plaka", Faulenstraße 3 "Paulaner's in the defensive castle" (Bavarian-style restaurant), Hastedter Osterdeich 230 Restaurant "China-Flora," Martini Straße 62, with A great Asia Buffet The Greek Restaurant "Hellas" Am Hulsberg 14 Bistro "Am Neuen Markt" on the other side of the Weser, Small Annenstraße 35 Have a good stay in Bremen.
Answer provided by Gitta Aberle on 08/28/2015
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Is there a good local deli or restaurant with lunch menu?

Are there any points of interest or local attractions?

What are good places to go for shopping?

Any sporting activites and recommendations to stay active?

Questions around the weather, different seasons, ...

"Hello :) My name is Rute, and I will travel to Bermen for two days. I would like to know how is the weather in February and what can we do for free? Thank you in advance" (posted 01/28/2015)

Hello, the weather forecast says of the early to mid February of J. ahead: Day temperature: + 0 to +2 degrees at night: -. 1 - 3 degrees. Expected every day from 1 to 5 hours of sun and 20% to 40% of the rain. ----------------- Free Bremen would be: - A Walk in the Park citizens from Hollersee to Emmasee - a walk in the slaughters and Easter dyke - along the Weser - a walk in the Wall systems with an old mill - a walk through the Bremen Market Square to City Hall, Roland and the Town Musicians - a walk around the Werdersee - a climb up the tower of St. Peter's Basilica (only Monday to Friday 10:00 to 12:30 except Thursday because of 13.30 bis 16.00 clock - closed on Saturdays and Sundays) - Tour of St. Peter's Cathedral and the so-called "Lead cellar." - Visit to the Church of Our Lady (Monday to Saturday from 11.00 bis 16.00 clock, Sundays, 12.00 bis 13.00 clock) --- Tour of Schnoorviertel / Böttcherstrasse stopping at the many arts and crafts stores - drive to Weserpark and the Waterfront, two huge shopping centers. Paid Moreover, you can still do very much (universe, museums, art galleries to visit, go to the theater or musical, take the train to Bremerhaven, visit the Botanical Garden in Rhododendron Park, a harbor cruise make, etc.). Sincerely, Gitta Aberle
Answer provided by Gitta Aberle on 01/28/2015
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Popular Points of Interest in and near Bremen

  • Town Hall of Bremen
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    Town Hall of Bremen

    The Town Hall of Bremen is the seat of the President of the Senate and Mayor of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. It is one of the most important examples of Brick Gothic architecture in Europe. In July 2004, along with the Bremen Roland, the building was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

    The city hall stands on the market square of the historic town centre. Directly in front of it is the statue of Roland, mentioned above. Opposite the square the Chamber of Commerce is located, to the right are Bremen Cathedral and the modern parliament building, whilst to the left is Our Lady's Church. On the west side of the square the sculpture The Town Musicians of Bremen by Gerhard Marcks is displayed.

    The Bremer Schaffermahl is a traditional banquet held in the Town Hall annually.

  • Bremen Roland
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    Bremen Roland

    The Bremen Roland is a statue of Roland, erected in 1404. It stands in the market square (Rathausplatz) of Bremen, Germany, facing the cathedral, and shows Roland, paladin of the first Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne and hero of the Battle of Roncevaux Pass. Roland is shown as protector of the city: his legendary sword (known in chivalric legend as Durendal) is unsheathed, and his shield is emblazoned with the two-headed Imperial eagle.

    The standing figure is 5.47 m tall, and stands on a 60 cm rostrum. A supporting column, crowned by a baldachin, brings the combined height to 10.21 m. The statue was carved in limestone from Elm, and was commissioned by the city fathers to replace a wooden one burnt in 1366 by Prince-Archbishop Albert II. It confronts the church as a representation of city rights opposed to the territorial claims of the prince-archbishop.

    Statues of Roland appear in numerous cities of the former Holy Roman Empire, as emblems of city liberties, Stadtrechte. The Roland statue at Bremen is the oldest surviving example. From Bremen the symbol of civic liberty and freedom spread to other cities and has become a symbol of the new Europe. In July 2004, along with the town hall, the statue was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

  • Bremen Cathedral
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    Bremen Cathedral

    Bremen Cathedral, dedicated to St. Peter, belongs to the Bremian Evangelical Church, a member of the Protestant umbrella organisation named Evangelical Church in Germany. Some of the highlights of the cathedral are the remaining beautifully hand-carved choir stalls from 1365 may still be found in one of the chapels. The stone baptismal font dates back to 1229 and has been moved to all parts of the cathedral over the years and now rests near the entrance. Two crypts reveal the lower portions of the original walls and columns of the original cathedral, and others contain the bodies of almost ninety graves of bishops, archbishops, and others notables. An unusual Bleikeller or lead basement is located beneath the nave, which even before the Reformation had a reputation as an excellent place to preserve bodies of the dead in amazing form. Eight mummies in glass-topped coffins can be seen there. The crypt has been the cathedral's most visited attraction for more than 300 years.

    Hours: Monday - Friday 10am - 4:45 pm. Saturday 10am - 1:30pm and Sunday 2pm - 4:45pm.

  • Böttcherstrasse
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    Böttcherstrasse

    Böttcherstrasse is a street in the historic center of Bremen. Only about 330 ft long, it is famous for its unusual architecture and ranks among the city's main cultural landmarks and visitor attractions. Most of its buildings were erected between 1922 and 1931, primarily as a result of the initiative of Ludwig Roselius, a Bremen-based coffee-trader, who charged Bernhard Hoetger with the artistic supervision over the project. The street and its buildings are a rare example of an architectural ensemble belonging to a variant of the expressionist style. Several of the houses can be classified as Brick Expressionism.

    The street contains a wonderful mix of shops, arts and crafts, entertainment and musuems; Roselius-Haus Museum has an important collection of Low German domestic artefacts and art works ranging from the Middle Ages to the baroque era. On display at the Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, the first museum in the world to be dedicated to a female artist, are works by Paula Modersohn-Becker and special exhibitions on the theme of classical modernism.

  • Schnoor quarter
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    Schnoor quarter

    Narrow lanes and tiny houses: the Schnoor is Bremen's oldest and most fascinating quarter. This well-preserved medieval quarter with its picturesque alleyways was once home to river fishermen, craftsmen and traders. Today it is brimming with exquisite shops, quaint bars, restaurants and cosy cafés. The history of the Schnoor quarter, now lovingly restored, goes right back to the 13th century; its architecture, as seen today, dates from around 1500. With its pretty, historical little houses, the Schnoor is a cluster of idyllic alleyways, secluded squares and romantic nooks and crannies. The word Schnoor is derived from Schnur meaning string - its houses appear to be threaded on a string.

    The Schnoor also contains The Museum of Antiquity, which includes Germany's most important private collection of antique Greek vases.

  • The Ethnological Museum
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    The Ethnological Museum

    Founded in 1896 with the stated intent of showing the whole world under one roof today the Ethnological Museum explores the allure of distant shores with fascinating exhibits from across the globe. With collections covering ethnology, natural history and the history of trade it presents a combination that is unique in Europe, enabling it to create interdisciplinary exhibitions that investigate the relationships between human beings, animals and the environment on different continents and to put them in a global context. There are many ways of exploring the Ethnological Museum to discover the secrets of far-off worlds: guided tours, museum rallies, musical world tours, workshops, special events, family days and much more – a multi-sensory experience for all ages.

    Hours: Tuesday - Friday 9am - 6pm, weekends and holidays 10am - 6pm.

    Admission: Adults 6.50 €, Concessions 2.50 - 4.50 €.

  • Rhododendron-Park Bremen
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    Rhododendron-Park Bremen

    The Rhododendron-Park Bremen (46 hectares), also known as the Rhododendron-Park und Botanischer Garten Bremen or Botanika im Rhododendron-Park, is a major collection of rhododendrons and azaleas, as well as a substantial botanical garden (3.2 hectares), located at Deliusweg 40, Bremen, Bremen (state), Germany. It is open daily; park admission is free but a fee is charged for Botanika.

    The botanical garden dates to 1905 when it was created by businessman Ernst Franz Schütte at a different site (1905 Osterdeich, 3 hectares). This original garden was organized geographically, with plants from the Orient, Mexico, and the Caucasus, as well as collections of crop plants, medicinal herbs, native plants, and poisonous plants. It remained privately held until 1935 when it became city property, and was transferred to its current location within the Rhododendron Park over the next few years. Today's garden was completed in 1949-1950.

    The park itself began in 1933 at the initiative of the German Rhododendron Society on former farmland and forest, opening to the public in 1937. Its Botanika facility, described as Germany's largest nature center, opened in 2003. In 2007 ownership of the park was transferred to a nonprofit foundation.

  • Town Hall and Roland on the Marketplace of Bremen UNESCO World Heritage Site
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    Town Hall and Roland on the Marketplace of Bremen UNESCO World Heritage Site

    The Town Hall and the statue of Roland (the city's protector) on the marketplace are outstanding representations of civic autonomy and sovereignty, as these developed in the Holy Roman Empire in Europe. The old town hall was built in the Gothic style in the early 15th century, after Bremen joined the Hanseatic League. The building was renovated in the so-called Weser Renaissance style in the early 17th century. The Bremer Ratskeller is a public house in the basement, the home of the oldest barrel of wine in Germany, crafted in 1653.

    The statue is the most representative and one of the oldest of Roland statues erected as a symbol of market rights and freedom. It stands 5.5 m tall and dates back to 1404.

  • Kunsthalle Bremen
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    Kunsthalle Bremen

    The Kunsthalle Bremen is an art museum in Bremen, Germany. It is located close to the Bremen Old Town on the "Culture Mile" (German: Kulturmeile). The Kunsthalle was built in 1849, enlarged in 1902 by architect Eduard Gildemeister, and expanded several more times, most notably in 2011. Since 1977, the building has been designated a Kulturdenkmal on Germany's buildings heritage list.

    The museum houses a collection of European paintings from the 14th century to the present day, sculptures from the 16th to 21st centuries and a New Media collection. Among its highlights are French and German paintings from the 19th and 20th century, including important works by Claude Monet, Edouard Manet and Paul Cézanne, along with major paintings by Lovis Corinth, Max Liebermann, Max Beckmann and Paula Modersohn-Becker. The New Media section features works by John Cage, Otto Piene, Peter Campus, Olafur Eliasson, and Nam June Paik. The Department of Prints and Drawings has 220,000 sheets from the 15th to 20th centuries, one of largest collections of its kind in Europe.

    The Kunsthalle Bremen is operated by the non-profit Bremen Art Society (German: Kunstverein Bremen), making it the only German museum with an extensive art collection from the 14th to 21st centuries which is still in private ownership.

  • Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum
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    Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum

    The Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum in Bremen, Germany, is the first museum in the world devoted to a female artist. Modersohn-Becker (1876–1907) was one of the most important early Expressionists, and the museum features key works from each of her creative periods.

    Construction of the museum was commissioned by the businessman and art patron Ludwig Roselius, who assigned the sculptor, craftsman and architect Bernhard Hoetger to design it. Hoetger had become acquainted with Modersohn-Becker while in Paris, and created a unique Brick Expressionist building in her memory. Opened in 1927, the museum now counts as one of the key works of expressionist architecture in Germany. The collection features works covering the artist's entire career, from the early pictures of her training years in Berlin to the paintings she created in Paris in 1906-07, in which she most fully realised her artistic vision.

    Important paintings and drawings from Roselius's collection are supplemented by works on loan from the Paula Modersohn-Becker Foundation. Besides Paula's works, the museum also owns the most extensive collection of works by Bernhard Hoetger (1874–1949). The rooms that he designed are now used for special exhibitions of classic modern art.

  • Übersee-Museum Bremen
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    Übersee-Museum Bremen

    The Übersee Museum Bremen is a Natural History and Ethnographic museum in Bremen, Germany. In an integrated exhibition, Nature, Culture and Trading, it presents aspects of overseas regions with permanent exhibitions relating to Asia, South Pacific/Oceania, Americas and Africa.Παναγιωτης Σεβαστος.

    In 1875, the collections of the Bremen Natural History Society became become the property of the city of Bremen under the name "Municipal Collections of Natural History and Ethnography", the library of the society having been given to the city in 1872.

  • Universum Science Center
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    Universum Science Center

    The Universum Bremen is a science museum in Bremen, Germany. Visitors are encouraged to interact with most of the approximately 250 exhibits. It receives on average 450,000 visitors annually.

    The Universum Bremen opened in September 2000 near to the University of Bremen, Germany.Covering over 4,000 m² the exhibition contains exhibits related to one of the three topics: mankind, earth and the cosmos. The science center building, with its 40,000 stainless steel scales, resembles a mixture between a whale and mussel. It was designed by the Bremen architect Thomas Klumpp.



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Bremen Overview

Bremen is a Hanseatic city in northwestern Germany (official name: Stadtgemeinde Bremen / City Municipality of Bremen). It is a port city, situated along the river Weser, about 60 km (37 mi) south from its mouth on the North Sea. Bremen is one of two towns belonging to the state of Bremen (official name: Freie Hansestadt Bremen1 (Free Hanseatic City of Bremen), referring to its membership in the medieval Hanseatic League), the other being Bremerhaven (Bremerhaven vacation rentals | Bremerhaven travel guide). In 2005, the population of the city was estimated to be 545,983 (the state including the city Bremerhaven having a total population of 664,080), while the metropolitan area of Bremen-Oldenburg has a population of more than 2.37 million. Thus, Bremen is the second most populous city in North Germany and tenth in Germany.

Main Attractions in Bremen

  • Many of the sights in Bremen are found in the Altstadt (Old Town), an oval area surrounded by the Weser River, on the southwest, and the Wallgraben, the former moats of the medieval city walls, on the northeast. The oldest part of the Altstadt is the southeast half, starting with the Marktplatz and ending at the Schnoor quarter.
  • The Marktplatz (Market square) is dominated by the opulent façade of the Town Hall. The building was erected between 1405 and 1410 in Gothic style, but the façade was built two centuries later (1609–12) in Renaissance style. Today, it hosts a restaurant in original decor with gigantic wine barrels, the Ratskeller in Bremen, and the wine lists boasts more than 600 — exclusively German — wines. It is also home of the twelve oldest wines in the world, stored in their original barrels in the Apostel chamber.
  • Two statues stand to the west side of the Town Hall: one is the statue (1404) of the city's protector, Roland, with his view against the Cathedral and bearing Durendart, the "sword of justice" and a shield decorated with an imperial eagle. The other near the entrance to the Ratskeller is Gerhard Marcks's bronze sculpture (1953) Die Stadtmusikanten (Town Musicians) which portrays the donkey, dog, cat and rooster of the Grimm Brothers' fairy tale.
  • Other interesting buildings in the vicinity of the Marktplatz are the Schütting, a 16th-century Flemish-inspired guild hall, and the Stadtwaage, the former weigh house (built in 1588), with an ornate Renaissance façade. The façades and houses surrounding the market square were the first buildings in Bremen to be restored after World War II, by the citizens of Bremen themselves.
  • The impressive Cathedral St. Petri (13th century), to the east of the Marktplatz, with sculptures of Moses and David, Peter and Paul, Charlemagne and Christopher Maki.
  • The Liebfrauenkirche (Our Lady's Church) is the oldest church of the town (11th century). Its crypt features several impressive murals from the 14th century.
  • Off the south side of the Markplatz, the 110-metre (120 yards) Böttcherstraße was transformed in 1923–1931 by the coffee magnate Ludwig Roselius, who commissioned local artists to convert the narrow street (in medieval time, the street of the barrel makers) into an inspired mixture of Gothic and Art Nouveau. It was considered "entartete Kunst" (depraved art) by the Nazis. Today, the street is one of Bremen's most popular attractions.
  • At the end of Böttcherstraße, by the Weser bank, stands the Martinikirche (St Martin's Church), a Gothic brick church built in 1229, and rebuilt in 1960 after its destruction in World War II.[citation needed]
  • Tucked away between the Cathedral and the river is the Schnoor, a small, well-preserved area of crooked lanes, fishermen's and shipper's houses from the 17th and 18th centuries, now occupied by cafés, artisan shops and art galleries.
  • Schlachte, the medieval harbour of Bremen (the modern port is some kilometres downstream) and today a riverside boulevard with pubs and bars aligned on one side and the banks of Weser on the other.

More contemporary tourist attractions include:

  • Universum Science Center, a modern science museum
  • Botanika, an extension to a public rhododendron park that attempts be to the same as the Universum, but for biology
  • Beck's Brewery, tours are available to the public which include beer tasting
  • The Kunsthalle Bremen, an art museum with paintings from the 19th and 20th century, maintained by the citizens of Bremen
  • Focke Museum, People of Bremen's Museum for Art and Cultural History

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More about the History of Bremen

In 150 AD the geographer Claudius Ptolemaeus (known in English as Ptolemy) described Fabiranum or Phabiranum, known today as Bremen. At that time the Chauci lived in the area now called northwestern Germany or Lower Saxony. By the end of the 3rd century, they had merged with the Saxons. During the Saxon Wars (772-804) the Saxons, led by Widukind, fought against the West Germanic Franks, the founders of the Carolingian Empire and lost the war.

In 1811 Napoleon invaded Bremen and integrated it as the capital of the Département de Bouches-du-Weser (Department of the Mouths of the Weser) in the French State. In 1813 the French - on their retreat - withdrew from Bremen.

Following the Bombing of Bremen in World War II, Bremen was captured by the British 3rd Infantry Division under General Whistler in late April 1945. After World War II, the city became a part of the American occupation zone. Bremen's burgomaster traveled to the US to seek Bremen's independence from Lower Saxony, as Bremen had traditionally been a city-state.

For most Americans, if they have ever heard of Bremen, the city name conjures up images of the Grimm Brothers' fairytale of the Bremen town musicians. This story of the animals seeking their fortunes in Bremen has been memorialized by the city through a popular statue showing the animals standing on each others' backs. With almost 2.5 million residents, Bremen has a long and rich history stretching back to Antiquity. The area was settled around 12,000 BC, and its location near the North Sea helped the city to prosper during its proud years as a member of the Hanseatic League. The city offers numerous historic sites for the curious visitor, including the Altstadt and the Market Square with the city's 15th-century city hall. The city hall is of special note since its Ratskeller restaurant has over 600 exclusively German wines available for sampling, including 12 of the oldest wines in the world that are yet stored in their original barrels. Other sites of note are the 16th-century guild hall and other Renaissance era buildings in the Schuetting area. The Boettcherstrasse is especially unusual because it was transformed in the 1920s by a variety of commissioned artists into a mixture of Art Nouveau and Gothic Revival facades. If you are a fan of German beer, a tour of Beck's brewery might be just up your alley. Also, the well-preserved Schnoor neighborhood with its charming crooked lanes now houses an eclectic array of cafes and artisan shops. If you have to time to leave Bremen for the day, a jaunt up to the coast or to Bremerhaven would round out your time in the area.

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