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    Bremen – a brief overview

    It may be 45km (28 miles) upriver from the North Sea, but that didn’t stop Bremen becoming Germany’s oldest seaport, and also the oldest coastal town in the country. It can trace its history way back over 1,200 years, and this rich heritage is reflected in its many fascinating old quarters and picturesque

    town squares. But the second biggest town in Northern Germany isn’t rooted in the past. There’s also a thriving high-tech and space industry here, giving the city a true metropolitan feel, and making it a place where old beauty and modern sophistication blend seamlessly.


    Top 10 sights in Bremen

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    Bremen’s Schnoor district is a charming jumble of narrow alleyways lined with houses dating back to the 15th century. Once home to trades people, you’re now more likely to find an artist at work in a fashionable studio.


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    The heart of the city’s Altstadt is its impressive market square. Surrounded by the cathedral, the City Hall and guild houses, it’s also home to the bronze statue of the Town Musicians of Bremen – four animals stacked on top of one another.

    Dom St Petri

    Sandstrasse 10-12
    28195 Bremen
    Tel: (0421) 365 040
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 1000-1700
    Sat 1000-1400
    Sun 1400-1700

    Majestic St Peter’s Cathedral boasts a history going more than 1,200 years ago. Most of today’s early Gothic-style building dates from the 13th century. Climb the tower for a fabulous view.


    Am Markt 21
    28195 Bremen
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    Opening times:
    Guided tours only;
    book through tourist office

    Although its flamboyant Renaissance facade was added in the 17th century, the Gothic Town Hall was built around 1410. The interior includes a superb oak staircase. The tiny cannons on the model ships in the Upper Hall can be fired for special occasions.


    28195 Bremen
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    Contrasting with the ancient streets nearby, the buildings on this narrow alley were rebuilt in Jugendstil designs in the 1920s.

    Böttcherstrasse Museums

    Böttcherstrasse 6-10
    28195 Bremen
    Tel: (0421) 338 8222
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1100-1800

    Böttcherstrasse is lined with galleries. The two most important are the Ludwig Roselius Museum, a 16th-century patrician house, and the Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, the first gallery ever dedicated to a female artist.

    Schlachte Promenade on the River Weser

    28195 Bremen
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    This promenade along the east bank of the Weser River is a picturesque place for a stroll, or somewhere to hang out and enjoy the view on the terrace of one of its many bars.


    Wiener Strasse 1a
    28359 Bremen
    Tel: (0421) 33460
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0900-1800
    Sat-Sun 1000-1800

    Bremen’s modernistic science centre resembles a giant silver mussel. Inside are 300 interactive exhibits on the themes of mankind, Planet Earth and the cosmos.


    Bahnhofsplatz 13
    28195 Bremen
    Tel: (0421) 1603 8101
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 0900-1800
    Sat-Sun 1000-1800

    The ‘Overseas Museum’ is a fascinating mixture of natural history and ethnographical museum, bringing the human and natural worlds from every continent together.


    Deliusweg 40
    28359 Bremen
    Tel: (0421) 4270 6610
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0900-1800
    Sat-Sun 1000-1800

    This botanical science centre includes the city’s beautiful Rhododendron Park. There’s a discovery centre with interactive experiments, and a series of hothouses taking you on a global tour of the plant kingdom.

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    Country overview

    Once mockingly referred to as the “land of schnitzels and leather pants,” Germany has acquired a much more modern image in recent decades. International visitors are attracted to the big cities, especially the capital, Berlin. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, in particular, the city with its many cultural and entertainment attractions has become a major tourist destination. But other German cities also know how to celebrate and enjoy life.


    Hamburg’s annual Hafengeburtstag port anniversary festival attracts around two million visitors every year, the Rhineland is famous for its carnivals, and Munich’s Oktoberfest is famous the world over.

    Germany also has a variety of natural landscapes: for example, from the Wadden Sea and lowland plains of the northwest, the lakelands in the northeast of the country, numerous low mountain ranges and heathlands, to the central highlands and Alpine regions.


    Germany borders Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland. The northwest has a coastline on the North Sea, while the Baltic coastline in the northeast stretches from the Danish to the Polish border.

    The country is divided into 16 states (Bundesländer) and has an exceedingly varied landscape. In what was once known as West Germany, the Rhine, Bavaria and the Black Forest stand as the three most famous features, while in the east, the country is lake-studded with undulating lowlands.

    River basins extend over a large percentage of the region, and some of Europe’s most prominent rivers flow through the country. These include the Elbe, the Danube and the Rhine.

    The highest point in the country is the 2962m (9718ft) peak of Zugspitze Mountain in the Bavarian Alps. Cable cars run to the summit, which can also be climbed.

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    Key facts

    Population: 81.9 million

    Capital: Berlin.


    German is the official language. Regional dialects often differ markedly from standard German.


    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.


    230 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style round two-pin plugs are in use.

    Public holidays

    The public holidays for the January 2018 – December 2019 period are listed below.


    * In catholic regions only
    ** Sachsen only
    *** only in the New Laender (Bundesländer)


    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2018
    Epiphany: 6 January 2018*
    Good Friday: 30 March 2018
    Easter Sunday: 1 April 2018
    Easter Monday: 2 April 2018
    Labour Day: 1 May 2018
    Ascension Day: 10 May 2018
    Whit Sunday: 20 May 2018
    Whit Monday: 21 May 2018
    Corpus Christi: 31 May 2018*
    Assumption: 15 August 2018*
    Day of German Unity: 3 October 2018
    Day of Reformation: 31 October 2018***
    All Saints’ Day: 1 November 2018*
    Repentance Day: 21 November 2018**
    Christmas: 25 and 26 December 2018


    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2019
    Epiphany: 6 January 2019*
    Good Friday: 19 April 2019
    Easter Sunday: 21 April 2019
    Easter Monday: 22 April 2019
    Labour Day: 1 May 2019
    Ascension Day: 30 May 2019
    Whit Sunday: 9 June 2019
    Whit Monday: 10 June 2019
    Corpus Christi: 20 June 2019*
    Assumption: 15 August 2019*
    Day of German Unity: 3 October 2019
    Day of Reformation: 31 October 2019***
    All Saints’ Day: 1 November 2019*
    Repentance Day: 21 November 2019**
    Christmas: 25 and 26 December 2019

    All information subject to change.

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    Bremen’s tangle of medieval streets makes walking the best option, but there is also an efficient public transport network in the form of buses and trams. Night buses run on some routes at weekends. Services are operated by Bremer Strassenbahn (BSAG; tel: (0421) 55960, www.bsag.de). Buy tickets from bus drivers or from machines at stops.


    Taxis are inexpensive, but cannot be hailed in the street. Head for a taxi rank, or call an authorised company, such as Taxi-Roland (tel: (0421) 14433) or Taxi-Ruf (tel: (0421) 14014). It isn’t necessary to tip.


    Nightlife in Bremen


    While most of Bremen’s nightlife revolves around its traditional bars and cafés, the locals are not averse to

    visiting the occasional cocktail lounge or techno club.

    Schüttinger Gasthausbrauerei

    Hinter dem Schütting 12-13
    28195 Bremen
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    Bremen’s most central brewpub is a ‘modern-rustic’ affair serving good beer and food.

    Henry’s Bar

    Richtweg 7-13
    28195 Bremen
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    Hip and exclusive art gallery/cocktail bar inside a theatre.

    Soho Club

    Konsul-Smidt-Strasse 8d
    28217 Bremen
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    Famous for its party atmosphere, this is the trendiest nightclub in the city.

    Lemon Lounge

    Am Wall 164
    28195 Bremen
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    Gets most locals’ vote for serving the best cocktails in town.

    Vivien Wu

    Kolpingstrasse 14
    28195 Bremen
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    Cocktails are also the name of the game in this chic central bar.


    Restaurants in Bremen


    Bremen’s Old Town streets are lined with cafés serving traditional German fare – eel is the delicacy here.

    There are restaurants lining riverside Schlachte, and plenty of fish places around Böttcherstrasse.

    Grashoff’s Bistro

    Contrescarpe 80
    28195 Bremen
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    Price: Expensive

    City institution serving Mediterranean-Asian fusion dishes in a Parisian bistro setting.

    Das Kleine Lokal

    Besselstrasse 40
    28203 Bremen
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    Price: Expensive

    Refined German cuisine served in a modern romantic setting, located in an eastern suburb.


    Am Landherrnamt 5
    28195 Bremen
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    Price: Moderate

    Chic wine bar serving eclectic modern international dishes in the medieval Schnoor.

    Gallo Nero

    Heimlichenstr. 1
    28195 Bremen ‎
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    Price: Moderate

    Central restaurant serving some of the best traditional Italian food in town.


    Am Markt 11
    28195 Bremen
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    Price: Cheap

    Germany’s oldest town hall cellar restaurant has been serving hearty local food for 600 years.


    Calendar of events

    Sixdays Bremen

    11 – 16 January 2018 Website

    Venue: ÖVB Arena

    More than 120,000 cycling fans pack the ÖVB Arena over six days to see professional cyclists battle it out in an intense programme of elite races. There’s plenty to thrill audiences elsewhere in the arena too, with live music, international food and a dance party.

    Bremen Carnival

    2 – 3 February 2018 Website

    Venue: City centre

    Europe’s largest samba carnival is no ordinary German carnival. Partygoers are transported to the beaches of Brazil, with pounding samba rhythms, flamboyant costumes and energetic masked dances. A kids’ carnival, masquerade ball and global village festival are all part of the fun.

    Poetry on the Road

    June 2018 Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Bremen’s literary festival plays host to renowned German and international writers, with readings, author interviews, exhibitions, poetry films, radio broadcasts and workshops all on the menu. Bag tickets to poetry sessions to hear performances by multiple poets from across the globe.

    Vegesack Harbour Festival (Vegesacker Hafenfest)

    1 – 3 June 2018 Website

    Venue: Vegesack Harbour

    Boats of all shapes and sizes moor up for a three-day maritime extravaganza in Germany’s oldest man-made harbour, built in the early 17th century. Live music (including traditional sea shanties), craft stalls and copious amounts of good food and drink create a lively party atmosphere.

    La Strada

    June 2018 Website

    Venue: Marketplace and city centre streets

    Bremen’s streets are transformed into an open-air big top as acrobats, jugglers, clowns, magicians and a multitude of other acts take over the city centre. Crowds throng to fire displays, puppet shows, dance performances and theatrical spectacles. Gala shows draw together the highlights each evening.


    25 – 29 July 2018 Website

    Venue: Weser riverbank

    For five days in summer, cavernous tents are pitched along the banks of the River Weser, crammed with crowds listening to live music or watching dance and comedy performances. There are food stalls galore, kids activities and a bike festival.

    Maritime Festival

    3 – 5 August 2018 Website

    Venue: Vegesack waterfront

    Over 30 bands and choirs from across Europe take to the stage (150 stages in fact) on the Vegesack waterfront for this maritime musical fiesta, performing everything from rock to folk to sea shanties. Street theatre, arts and crafts, exhibitions and a dazzling fireworks display add to the entertainment.

    Bremen Music Festival (Musikfest Bremen)

    25 August – 15 September 2018 Website

    Venue: Various Venues

    A terrific classical music programme mixes favourite (and lesser-known) orchestral, choral and operatic performances with contemporary pieces, plus a few surprise musical genres thrown in.


    19 October – 4 November 2018 Website

    Venue: Bürgerweide and Marketplace

    Over 4 million people hit Bremen’s annual funfair, on the go for nearly 1,000 years. Fair-goers whizz and whirl on adrenaline-inducing rides and gorge on smoked eel, candyfloss and Schmalzkuchen (doughnut holes sprinkled with icing sugar). Little Freimarkt in the Marketplace has carousel rides and stalls serving toasted almonds and liquorices.

    Bremen Christmas Market and Schlachte Magic

    1 November – 23 December 2018 Website

    Venue: Marketplace and Schlachte Embankment

    Bremen’s UNESCO-listed town hall provides a magical backdrop to the city’s sparkling winter market. Nearly 200 illuminated stalls are laden with handcrafted jewellery, wooden toys and freshly baked treats. A maritime-themed Medieval market lines the Schlachte promenade, with craftsmen, street artists, warm gingerbread and glühwein.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.


    Hotels in Bremen


    Bremen has a full range of accommodation options from hostels to 5-star retreats.

    As with other German cities, prices are reasonable – even an ‘expensive’ splurge may not break the bank.

    Dorint Park Hotel

    Im Bürgerpark
    28209 Bremen
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    Category: Expensive

    Opulently palatial hotel in an 80-hectare (198-acre) park, only a few minutes from the Old Town.


    Hillmannplatz 20
    28195 Bremen
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    Category: Expensive

    Business-oriented modern luxury hotel close to the heart of the action.

    Classico Boutique Hotel

    Hinter dem Schütting 1A
    28195 Bremen
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    Category: Moderate

    Design hotel with individually styled rooms right beside the main square.

    Alte Neustadt Garni

    Grosse Johannisstrasse 228-230
    28199 Bremen
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    Category: Moderate

    Family-run friendly bed and breakfast hotel across the river from the Old Town.

    B + L Hostel

    Erlestrasse 34-36
    28199 Bremen
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    Category: Cheap

    Cheap and cheerful guesthouse offering budget rooms in centre of the new town.

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    Climate and best time to visit Bremen

    Although Bremen is a place to visit year round, the best times to arrive are often late spring or early autumn, when the weather is usually warm, and the city is not overrun with visitors. Prices are also often lower. Winters can be bitterly cold, and summers hot, but it is best to come prepared for anything in all seasons. In October and November the Bremen Friemarkt fair transforms the city centre into a colourful two-week-long party, with street entertainers, music, beer and general revelry. The pre-Lent Carnival, usually in February, is also a big event in town.

    Climate & best time to visit Germany

    As with most European countries, Germany is a year-round destination but not especially dependable weather-wise. In general terms though, it’s temperate throughout the country with warm summers and cold winters – prolonged periods of frost or snow are rare. Rain falls throughout the year, with much of Germany experiencing its maximum rainfall over the summer months. So unpredictability is a major factor. The average daytime temperature in January is 3°C (38°F) and in July, 22°C (72°F). Extremes commonly reach -10°C (5°F) in winter and 35°C (95°F) in the summer months.

    While Munich might be considerably further south than Berlin, the fact that the Bavarian capital is at a much higher altitude means the two cities have broadly comparable summers. The highest annual temperatures tend to be in the southwest, where there’s almost a Mediterranean feel to the landscape at times. Unsurprisingly, this is where much of Germany’s wine is grown.

    May through to September are the most popular months in terms of tourist numbers, and they certainly hold the most appeal for visitors aiming to spend much of their time outdoors. However, the spring and fall shoulder seasons also hold real attractions for those who want the promise of decent weather without the tourist levels. The winter holidays are also a big draw in their way, due in no small part to their attendant Christmas markets. Peak season for ski areas is from December through to the end of March.

    Away from the mountains, January through to April will appeal to those who enjoy the benefits of uncrowded attractions, although be aware that cities like Berlin rarely witness “slow” periods at any time of year. Prices tend to be slightly higher over the summer months. One other thing to bear in mind is that hotel rates can increase when big trade shows are in town (potentially a problem in Frankfurt, for example).

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Country code:+49

    Mobile telephony and Internet
    Since June 2017, EU citizens traveling within the EU, and also in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein have been able to use their cell phones and surf the Net without incurring any extra charges: In other words, customers pay the same price for phone calls, text messages and data volume as they do at home. Restrictions do apply to the constant use of SIM cards abroad, however, and caps may be set on data packages. For full details, contact your mobile telephony provider in your country. Travelers using a SIM card from a non-EU state do not benefit from the new arrangement.

    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking credentials entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.


    Shopping in Bremen

    Key Areas

    The streets to the north and west of the central Marktplatz Square – Obernstrasse, Knochenhauerstrasse and Sögestrasse in particular – are lined with shops where you will find everything you need from chic designer label boutiques to simple high-street chains. The atmospheric old Schnoor district has become a magnet for artists, and numerous small galleries have opened up in the area. Böttcherstrasse is the place to find arts and crafts stores.


    There’s a colourful daily flower market on the main square. An antiques and flea market sets up on the Schlachte promenade each Saturday morning, and reconvenes on Bürgerweide on Sundays.

    Shopping Centres

    Waterfront Bremen is a large shopping mall and leisure complex in a rejuvenated docklands area just west of the city centre. Bremen’s biggest shopping mall is Weserpark, in an eastern suburb, home to over 100 shops as well as numerous restaurants and cafés.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Handshaking is customary in Germany, and it is considered rude to address people by their first name unless invited to do so. Normal courtesies should be observed. Before eating, it is normal to say “guten Appetit” to the other people at the table to which the correct reply is “danke, gleichfalls” (“Thank you, the same to you”). If you’ve been invited to eat at a German house, it is customary to present the hostess with unwrapped flowers (according to tradition, you should always give an uneven number, and it is worth noting that red roses are exclusively a lover’s gift).

    In shops and other businesses, courtesy dictates that visitors should utter a greeting, such as “guten Tag” (or “grüß Gott” in Bavaria) before saying what it is that they want; to leave without saying “auf Wiedersehen” or “tschüss” can also cause offence.

    Similarly, when making a telephone call, asking for the person you want to speak to without stating first who you are is impolite. Casual wear is widely acceptable, but more formal dress is required for some restaurants, the opera, theater, casinos and important social functions. Smoking is prohibited where notified, on public transportation and in most public buildings.

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    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    There’s nothing to mark out German products as particularly risky to general health (although it has a partly founded reputation for being high in fat). Tap water is safe to drink.

    Other Risks

    Tick-borne encephalitis is present in forested areas of southern Germany; vaccination is advisable. Rabies is present; look out for ‘Tollwut’ signs. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered.

    During the summer months, sunburn can be a problem. The southwest generally has the highest temperatures. The usual precautions apply: Use a generous amount of sunscreen and be sensible about how long you spend in direct sunlight. Be aware that a breezy day can sometimes mask high temperatures.

    If walking over a long distance in warm weather, it’s advisable to drink – and carry – plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing, including a sun hat. Blisters can be another problem for hikers. These can often occur if new walking shoes are being worn over a long distance. Ideally, footwear should be worn in before the trip.

    As a counterpoint to the balminess of the summer, German winters can be fairly severe. This is generally truer the further east you travel. If you’re arriving during the coldest months of the year, make sure you have adequate clothing. At any time of year, in fact, temperatures can be unpredictable – even in July and August it makes sense to have a sweater (and maybe an umbrella, too) to hand.

    Other health problems that inexperienced travelers might reasonably encounter are the various knock-on effects of consuming too much alcohol. The risk, unsurprisingly, is particularly prevalent among those attending Munich’s Oktoberfest. Be aware that some beers have ABV levels of as much as 6 or 7% and should therefore be treated with respect.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Tonin, Annette
    Leibnizplatz 5
    D-28199 Bremen
    Tel. +49-421-55-50-50

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.
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