Bremen Townhall

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Many German cities are known for their ruthless efficiency, culture, musical heritage, Oktoberfest and ruins of WWII. Bremen, a city-state of about 2.5 million people on northwest Germany, is all about freedom. Even during the time of the Brothers Grimm, Bremen has already had a reputation of independence.

Bremen straddles the River Weser for two kms across, and runs its length for 10 kms. If you follow its orientation and start from the Altstadt (Old Town) using the Market Square-Schnoor Quarter route, you will comfortably cover most of the attractions from your accommodation in Bremen Germany on bicycle and even on foot.

Bremen Old Town

Start with sizing up the 10-metre ‘statue of liberty’ modelled in the image of its protector, Roland (of The Song of Roland fame), who has stood guard of the city in the market square (Markplatz) since 1404. This towering figure with an unsheathed sword and shield is a UNESCO-listed statue; as long as he stands, legend says, Bremen will remain free. Bremen has, thus far, remained self-governed, if the city mayor who also serves as the head of the city and the state is any indication.  

On the west end of the 600-year-old Town Hall – another UNESCO-listed building – is the statue of the Town Musicians of Bremen inspired by the story of the same title by Brothers Grimm. Many people do not just take a photo in front of the four animals on top of each other, but also touch the base animals’ hooves in the belief that their wishes be granted. As a hugely popular visitor attraction, the Town Musicians are surrounded by several dozen hotels in Bremen Germany that are within walking distance.

The Town Hall itself is not just a symbol of pride and the seat of senate of Bremen, it is also home to the oldest wines in the world said to be stored in their original barrels, of which more than 600 varieties, all German, exist.  

Within the vicinity stands several other important buildings that date back to as far as 11th century (Our Lady’s Church) and faithfully restored by Bremen residents themselves after the war. The St. Peter’s Cathedral (13th century) is to the east of the Markplatz, and between it and the Weser River is Schnoor, a 17th century residential district of fishermen and shippers (the medieval harbour and now modern port is downstream) and now a vibrant hub of local artists and artisans who set up shop in the crooked alleyways alongside chic cafes and down-to-earth bed and breakfast in Bremen Germany.

Perhaps the most telling of Bremen’s liberal spirit is its ardent pursuit of rocket science. The Drop Tower at Bremen University conducts simulations of zero gravity, and while you may not exactly experience it unless you are a student there, you can nonetheless hire the Panorama Room at the very top of the tower for seclusion and spectacular views.

As you go farther south of the Market Square, you will discover an oddity in Bremen’s Old World architecture. Constructed in the 1920s and labelled by Nazi officials as ‘a degenerate art of the Weimar period’, the Bottcherstrasse is today a throbbing centre for the decaf lover. Hop from one gallery to another or sit along the converted alleys from the days of the barrel-makers and listen to 30 porcelain bells of the Haus des Glockenspiels as they chime every hour on the hour from noon to six in the evening.