Bremen is the oldest coastal city in Germany. It grew from a small fishing village to become one of Europe’s biggest ports and the second biggest city in Northern Germany in terms of population.

Spend a day or two exploring Bremen’s historic buildings and districts, many of which have been preserved. Bremen is northwest of Hanover on the River Weser near the North Sea. It is home to Gothic and Renaissance architecture, such as the Schötting, a 16th-century guildhall, and Böttcherstrasse, a reproduction of a medieval street filled with restaurants, shops and galleries. The street, which was reconstructed after World War II, was designed to be a recreation of German life in the city at the time.

Wander through the district of Schnoor where you will find artists and craftsmen selling African souvenirs, jewelry and Christmas accessories in unique shops and art galleries in the area’s medieval buildings. The restored historic location to the east of the city was originally home to fishermen quarters.

If you are looking for high-end shopping, try the Lloyd Passage, which is a strip of up-market chain stores. Or head to the Waterfront Shopping Center, located on the River Weser, which has more than 80 shops selling fashion, accessories, shoes and leather goods. It also holds a number of festivals, concerts and food festivals throughout the year.

You will find numerous eateries in Bremen’s shopping districts, but for traditional restaurants and cafes, head to Schlachte, along the Weser River. In Böttcherstrasse, you can try traditional cabbage and fish dishes, including Labskaus, a sailor’s dish with potatoes and corned beef.

Take a tour of Beck’s Beer brewery, which is available in English and German. Enjoy a night out in the Schlachte and Viertel districts, which cater to a younger crowd. For a more relaxed alternative, try the pubs and wineries in Böttcherstrasse.

There is an international airport 1.8 miles (three kilometers) south of downtown Bremen. The city is easy to get around by bus and tram.

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Where to stay in Bremen - Central Lower Saxony

Findorff
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Findorff

Skyscrapers, Fashion, Budget

5/5 (1 Rating)

Experience one of the most exciting districts in Bremen, where fairgrounds delight families and world-class venues host year-round events in historic locations.

Top hotels in Bremen - Central Lower Saxony

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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ATLANTIC Grand Hotel Bremen
4.5 out of 5
Bredenstr. 2, Bremen, HB
AU$178
per night
2 Oct. - 3 Oct.
4.7/5Exceptional! (881 reviews)

"Excellent location and facilities and personable and professional staff."…"

Reviewed on 14 Aug. 2019

ATLANTIC Grand Hotel Bremen
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Holiday Inn Express Bremen Airport
Hanna-Kunath-Strasse 5, Bremen, HB
AU$116
per night
5 Oct. - 6 Oct.
4.3/5Excellent! (1,256 reviews)

"The front desk staff is very helpful. The check-in procedure is efficient. The only thing just ok is the breakfast assortment. The breakfast assortment could use something like scrambled eggs. Lots of hard boiled eggs and cold breakfast meats - but no scrambled eggs and bacon. Convenient location ..."…"

Reviewed on 29 Aug. 2019

Holiday Inn Express Bremen Airport
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Dorint City-Hotel Bremen
4.5 out of 5
Hillmannplatz 20, Bremen, HB
AU$130
per night
29 Sep. - 30 Sep.
4.4/5Excellent! (815 reviews)

"With a fine location between the Old City and the central rail station, the hotel also affords guests some greenery and a nearby flower garden. Our room had a view of the steeples of the Old Town, was very clean, fairly spacious, and quiet. As with many modern hotels, the bathroom favored form over ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jul. 2019

Dorint City-Hotel Bremen

Popular activities in Bremen - Central Lower Saxony

Bremen City Hall
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Bremen City Hall

4/5 (1 Rating)

Stand in Bremen’s historic market square and take in marvelous views of the ornate Weser-Renaissance façade that fronts this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bremen Cathedral
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Bremen Cathedral

4.5/5 (2 Ratings)

Walk through this early-Gothic cathedral’s grand nave to learn about a history spanning 1,200 years. See city views from its tower and find mummies in the crypt.

Kunsthalle Bremen
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Kunsthalle Bremen

See 600 years of European art in this landmark cultural institution, which has a 19th-century façade flanked by two modern wings along Bremen’s ancient walls.

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