Germany Trip Plan:
The Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, history, high-tech and natural charm

Germany trip plan: The Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, history, high-tech and natural charm
River Weser in Bremen, GNU, author Lidius
[ source: Wikipedia]

Many attractions and activities, combined with the typical northern flair, await you in the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. History, science, high technology and space industry go hand in hand. Visit the Bremer Freimarkt, the oldest fun fair in Germany, the Universum Science Center; the Artist-Colony Worbswede and the Maritime Museum Bremerhafen.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 7 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Hamburg Airport

Trip Plan Details:

Many attractions and activities, combined with the typical northern flair, await you in the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. History, science, high technology and space industry go hand in hand. Visit the Bremer Freimarkt, the oldest fun fair in Germany, the Universum Science Center; the Artist-Colony Worbswede and the Maritime Museum Bremerhafen.

The 1,200 years old harbor city Bremen lies on the River Weser, 37 miles south from its mouth in Bremerhafen, on the North Sea. Its rich history is linked to water and old trading routes that once brought fortunes to Bremen. Nowadays it is a vibrant city with an international flair, attracting many visitors from overseas. Whether you like cultural events, museums, architecture or quit landscapes and gardens, look no further, Bremen and the surroundings has it all.

Cost Estimate:

We compiled some starting prices and rough estimates to help you better with your Germany trip planning.

Lodging: starting at $1530 for 2 persons / 7 days
Admissions: starting at $350 for 2 persons / 7 days
Car Rental: starting at $429 / 7 days
Gas: starting at $150 / 7 days
Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $2459 / 7 days
 4 persons, starting at $2950 / 7 days

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Day 1: Arrival
Bremen aerial view, author Rami Tarawneh
[ source: Wikipedia]

Make yourself home in your luxurious apartment, central located in Bremen. First sightseeing and shopping opportunities are in the near walking distance and you can enjoy your first impressions of beautiful Bremen.


Day 2: Discover historical Bremen

Day 2: Discover historical Bremen
Schnoor, historical quarter, author Thpohl
[ source: Wikipedia]

UNESCO World Heritage Sites are the Town Hall and the Roland-Statue, Bremen's protector for market rights and freedom, on the Market Square. The bronze sculpture of the Town Musicians, from a Grimm Brothers' fairy tale, is another landmark on the Market-Square. Visit Böttcherstraße, the medieval street of the barrel makers and the Schnoor, a well-preserved area of crooked lanes, fishermen's and shipper's houses from the 17th and 18th centuries, now home to cafés, artisan shops and art galleries. Schlachte is the medieval harbor of Bremen, today an attractive riverside boulevard with numerous pubs and bars and starting point to exciting boat-tours on the River Weser.


Day 3: Bremer Freimarkt

Day 3: Bremer Freimarkt
Olympia Looping, Bremer Freimarkt, GNU, author Tarawneh
[ source: Wikipedia]

The oldest fun fair in Germany, since 1035 the city has celebrated its trading rights, takes place this year from the 16th of October to the 1st of November. It is held on the Bremer Bürgerweide and opens daily from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays until midnight. For 17 eventful days, the riverside city becomes a place of high spirits and late-night partying. Covering an area of 100,000 square meters, the fair has 320 attractions offering non-stop entertainment. No other fair has so many different fairground attractions as the Bremen Freimarkt! Some of the fairground rides are state of the art and extremely high-tech.

If you and your family like it a bit more romantic visit the Little Freimarkt at the cities market square. This is truly a festival for the senses, with hot doughnuts, roasted almonds and spicy liquorice set out on traditional-style stands. When the bell sounds to indicate it's time for a ride on one of the old-fashioned carousels, it's not only the kids' eyes that light up! The Middle Ages begin between the walls of the town hall and the Church of Our Lady. Merchants sell their wares in the market village of 1382, blacksmiths, glass blowers and stonemasons show off their handicraft over open fires, and street performers and singers tell of times gone by.

Saturday, the 24th of October is the day of the Carnival procession, not to be missed. The whole of Bremen's city center will be in party mood. People dressed in glittering costumes stand on imaginatively decorated floats and throw sweets and candy canes into the crowds. To the sounds of sultry samba rhythms, heavy techno beats and traditional brass band music, the procession makes it's way towards the Freimarkt at the Bürgerweide, with thousands of revelers singing and dancing close behind.


Day 4: Universum Science Center

Day 4: Universum Science Center
Universum Bremen, GNU, author Mkoppel
[ source: Wikipedia]

In the Science Center at Universum Bremen, children, adolescents and adults go on a thrilling interactive journey through the fantastic realms of mankind, earth and the cosmos. Cutting edge technology brings the universe alive. Different scientific phenomena are explored using all the senses. Visitors can feel the vibrations of a gong through their entire bodies, play with their own weight on a beam scale, feel the shape of a room in complete darkness, smell unknown smells and become creative themselves. More than 250 exhibits and experimentation stations, spatial installations and media installations invite you to explore the world and have fun at the same time. Children and adults, friends and strangers find themselves talking to each other and sharing their thoughts. Here, science becomes a highly intensive and memorable experience for every visitor.


Day 5: Artist-Colony Worbswede

Day 5: Artist-Colony Worbswede
The Barkenhoff in Worpswede Author: Till F. Teenck
[ source: Wikipedia]

It is over a century ago that Worpswede artists' colony was founded and not only painters made the place famous. Located in the middle of the Devils-Moor you also find sculptures and picturesque, charming artist architectures such as the Kaffee Verrückt, Coffee-Crazy, a Café referring to the house-construction without any right angles, done by the architect, builder and artist Bernhard Hötger. The combination of art, culture and landscape makes Worpswede a very special experience. Idyllic country lanes and old oaks, limes and birch-lined streets leading to traditional farm houses, museums, arts and cultural foundations, galleries and studios, along with gardens, meadows and fields inspired artists since generations and are a must see for tourists. During summer months you can embark on a Torfkahn, the traditional boat used here, to discover the beauty of the River Hamme Devil landscape.

2009 marks the celebration of 100 years of the Moorexpress, a train that finally connected this secluded village in the moor with the outside world. The train runs on the route between Bremen, Osterholz-Scharmbeck, Worpswede, Gnarrenburg, Bremervörde and Stade. From May to October on weekends and public holidays, the trains are on regular schedule and can carry also up to 30 bicycles. During the winter months, special trips with tour guides take place in the historic railcars. One of the many cultural highlights of the region between the Elbe and Weser.


Day 6: Bremerhafen - Maritime Museum

Day 6: Bremerhafen - Maritime Museum
U-Boat museum, Bremerhafen, GNU, Author AlMare
[ source: Wikipedia]

Bremerhafen is the seaport of the free city-state of Bremen and located on the mouth of the eastern bank of the River Weser, finally reaching the North Sea. Right in the heart of the modern port town lies the national Maritime Museum, Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum, short DSM. The facilities include the open air museum and the museum harbor. It is a huge park like area with maritime objects on land and old-timers of the museums fleet in the historical surroundings of the old harbor of Bremerhafen. Visit the U-boat Wilhelm Bauer and the only still preserved Bremen Cog from the year 1380. The museum has over 500 ship models including magnificent sailing ships and impressive whale hunting ships. Learn about German shipping in the post-1800 industrial age, with the paddle-steamer Meißen of the year 1881 as main exhibit, military shipping with the Seehund, a class submarine of the year 1945 as main exhibit and industrial ships' with engines and reactor control panel of the nuclear-powered vessel Otto Hahn of 1968 as main exhibit. Since the year 2000 you can visit exhibitions about the history of polar and marine research, whaling, deep-sea fishery, sea-rescue as well as sailing and rowing as a sport.


Day 7: Departure

Day 7: Departure
Bremer Rampart with windmill, author ROMWriter
[ source: Wikipedia]

No doubt, the north of Germany and its maritime past holds a lot in store for any visitor and for sure people know how to celebrate. Take a stroll along the beautiful Bremen Rampart, find out why the windmill is located here, or do some last moment shopping before catching your flight back home.


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