Christmas in Bremen
The Christmas atmosphere is already in the air near the banks of the river Weser, with boats reflecting the light of the holy port. Christmas in Bremen awaits you with the sweet aroma of smoked fish and freshly baked bread. From November 21 till December 23 the coast turns into a Christmas fairytale offering historical, seasonal and nautical entertainment. Musicians, craftsmen, market traders, jugglers and other street artists help create an atmosphere that feels like the middle ages. During the Christmas period, over 170 kiosks stretch over the city’s market square around Roland's statue. This is the best fair in Germany and the historic atmosphere, Christmas lights and cosy environment attracts many visitors each year.
Places to visit: Bremen Town Hall and Bremen Musical Sculpture
Bremen Town Hall
Built in 1410, The Waterfall Renaissance Town Hall is a UNESCO World Heritage site, a “unique witness of civil autonomy and sovereignty”. It is the only European Town Hall built in the late Middle Ages that hasn’t been destroyed or altered and has maintained its original form over the centuries.
Bremen Musical Sculpture
A famous sculpture of four musicians stands south of the town hall. Who doesn't know this funny fairy tale of Brothers Grimm? It is said that making a wish and rubbing the donkey's leg will make the wish come true.
Roland’s sculpture and St. Peter's Cathedral
This is the oldest medieval sculpture by Knight Roland. The stone sculpture over 10 meters high was built in 1404 after its predecessor was destroyed by archbishop soldiers in 1366. This statue symbolizes the freedom and independence of the city.
St. Peter's Cathedral
A 1500-year-old Lutheran church on the market square with two towers - one of which is open to visitors - can be seen from afar boasting a panoramic view of the city. You will see mummies in the cathedral basement or enjoy a cup of coffee in the Bible Garden. The cathedral is open from 10.00 to 17.00 Mondays to Fridays and 14.00 to 16.00 Saturdays and Sundays. Visitors must pay to access the tower.
Shurne Quarter and Viertel District
Shurne Quarter is the oldest and most colourful quarter of the city. It survived the bombing during the World War II and is now a delight for visitors with unique boutiques, cosy little pubs, a toy museum and a Christmas shop open all year around.
Located near the city centre, Viertel Quarter is the most colourful and bohemian district of Bremen. There are over 290 shops within 1 mile where you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. This area boasts a kitsch restaurant, unique theatres and museums and lively nightlife with bars, pubs and nightclubs.