Bremen Tourist Information

Bremen Travel Guide

Bremen on Germany's northwest coast is one of the country's oldest coastal cities. Here visitors will find its relaxing atmosphere and beautiful old architecture equally charming. Although Bremen started out as a small fishing village in Roman times, it has since grown to become one of Germany's busiest ports.

Bremen is a small and compact city where there are a few museums and churches housed in fine examples of old-world architecture. The most picturesque area of the city is found in its old quarters, the Altstadt. The Altstadt is an oval area bordered on the southwest by the Weser River. To the northeast, the river is flanked by the Wallgraben, where the former moats of the medieval city walls still stand.

The oldest section of the Altstadt is its southeastern area, which commences with the Marktplatz and ends at the Schnoor district. In the Marktplatz, visitors can enjoy a hearty German beer and partake in some traditional cuisine in the many bars, caf├ęs and restaurants. The streets of Obernstrasse and Sogestrasse, found in the Marktplatz, boast many shops offering glassware, furniture, jewellery, and art pieces.

Tourist Attractions Around Bremen

The Altstadt is home to Bremen's most iconic building, St Peter's Cathedral (Dom St Petri). This grand structure located in the old town centre towers over other buildings in the vicinity, including the 560-year-old Town Hall (Rathaus).

The Focke-Museum has long been considered as one of the best museums in Germany, and lies a short distance away. It showcases a comprehensive display of the area's development and is worth a visit for an educational afternoon. Nearby is the Kunsthalle art gallery, where 19th and 20th century German and French art pieces are housed in a building designed by Eduard Gilemeister.

Travel Around Bremen

Bremen Airport is serviced by domestic flights from major German cities like Berlin, Frankfurt, and Munich. It is only two miles southeast of the city centre and is easily reached by a short taxi ride. Alternatively, you can take the S-Bahn (tram) number 5 which takes you right into the old town centre.

If you are travelling by train, Bremen is connected to the InterCity rail network which boasts direct or indirect links to all German cities. Travelling to Bremen by car is easy. Simply take the major A1 motorway and get off at the Bremen exit.

Although Bremen is a safe city for tourists, taking out travel insurance before you travel is still the best way to safeguard yourself against hefty medical bills. Should you need medical attention in Bremen, you will be able to rest easy in the knowledge that your hospital bills will be covered.