The key maritime role played by the city of Bremen, which straddles the Weser River in northwest Germany, is underlined by its impressive Hanseatic buildings. Bremen’s Hanseatic Gothic architecture in the Marktplatz and narrow timber buildings in the Schnoor Quarter are the standout highlights in the oldest part of the city. The ornate Gothic Town Hall, originally built between 1405 and 1410, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has within its walls a restaurant with original Hanseatic era décor and the Bremer Ratskeller,a public house in the basement.
The Town Hall is also home to a number of large model ships in its upper hall and 12 of the oldest wines in the world. Nearby is the Roland Statue, a giant stone figure that symbolises freedom of trade.
In contrast, Überseestadt - the former docklands - offers a completely different experience and is a fine example of modern Bremen. Here, a selection of trendy bars, stylish cafes and fine restaurants can be found, as well as a beautiful harbour and yacht-filled marina.
Bremen Gothic Architecture
You cannot leave Bremen without a visit to the Marktplatz – a hive of activity and an absolute must-see when in Bremen. Bremen is home to the Town Hall, a beautiful gothic structure originally built between 1405 and 1410; and the Roland Statue – in 2004, these features received World Heritage status, making the Marktplatz a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Schnoor Quarter is the oldest part of Bremen and is where you can admire pretty, little timber houses built between narrow lanes. Not only can you marvel at its beauty, it is also home to arts, crafts and handmade gold jewellery and is the perfect place to buy a souvenir to take home.