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Bremen - Central Lower SaxonyGermany

Art galleries and antiques give visitors an insight into this historic port city in Northern Germany.

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.

Where to stay in Bremen - Central Lower Saxony

Findorff, Bremen, Bremen, Germany

Findorff

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Bars and shopping are notable features of Findorff. You might consider stopping by Freimarkt while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Findorff

Top hotels in Bremen - Central Lower Saxony

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
a&o Bremen Hauptbahnhof
a&o Bremen Hauptbahnhof
Friedrich-Rauers-Straße 20a, Bremen, HB
Free cancellation
The price is AU$72 per night

Located in Bahnhofsvorstadt, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Am Wall Windmill and Freimarkt. Universum Bremen is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) away. Bremen Central Station ...

4.1/5Very Good! (179 reviews)

"Nice place"…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb. 2020

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Dorint City-Hotel Bremen
Dorint City-Hotel Bremen
4.5 out of 5
Hillmannplatz 20, Bremen, HB
The price is AU$146 per night

This family-friendly Bremen hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Bremen Town Musicians, Bremen City Hall and Bremen Cathedral. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (932 reviews)

"Nice people at the desk. Good security measures. Gladly accommodated the trapeze and trampoline."…"

Reviewed on 3 Mar. 2020

Dorint City-Hotel Bremen
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Bürgermeister-Smidt-Straße,24-28, Bremen
The price is AU$109 per night

Located in Bahnhofsvorstadt, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Am Wall Windmill and Freimarkt. Universum Bremen is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away. Bremen Central ...

4.2/5Very Good! (195 reviews)
Excellent stay all round. Great hotel!

"Excellent all round. From the Tesla charge points (need to ring ahead to ensure they're available to the friendly staff, clean and well laid out rooms and great location. No complaints at all."…"

Reviewed on 1 Jan. 2020

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Popular places to visit in Bremen - Central Lower Saxony

Universum Bremen
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Universum Bremen

5/5(1 review)

Discover the world around you with 300 exhibits relating to technology, humankind and nature in this state-of-the-art science center shaped like a futuristic shell.

Bremen City Hall
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Bremen City Hall

4/5(1 review)

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 Town Musicians
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Bremen Town Musicians

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Find out about the fairytale adventures of the rooster, the cat, the dog and the donkey that have been immortalized in a sculpture in Bremen’s town square.

Top activities in Bremen - Central Lower Saxony

Bremen - Guided walking tour of city center
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Bremen - Guided walking tour of city center

AU$381
Per adult
Bremen City Walk
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Bremen City Walk

AU$361
Per adult
Bremen Private Walking Tour
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Bremen Private Walking Tour

AU$307
Per adult

Reviews of Bremen - Central Lower Saxony

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22 Dec. 2019

Bremen was beautiful. So many lovely buildings to see and places in o explore.

4/5 - Good

ShirleyMcDonald

3 Jul. 2019

The old part of the city was lovely as was walking along the riverside. Found great little untouristy restaurant serving typical German food and cheap.

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