The 10 Best Things to Do in Bremen, Germany

August 10, 2017 Claudia Navarrete

The second most populous town in North Germany, Bremen brings the high-tech, science and space industries together beneath a truly metropolitan backdrop. In a city where innovation, beauty and sophistication meet, it's impossible not to feel the life force. In this 1,200-year-old Hanseatic city, visit the Schlachte Promenade on the River Weser, the full-sized Columbus Space Module of the International Space Station and the Universum Science Center. Oh, and "Hanseatic" refers to an alliance of trading cities in the 13th-17th centuries. But you probably knew that.
Restaurants in Bremen

Hollerallee, Bremen, State of Bremen, Germany +49 421 69663121
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4.5 based on 504 reviews

Buergerpark

Reviewed By cowsheep - Switzerland

It is a park with trees and water and a couple of restaurants dotted around. Like most things in Bremen, highly unspectacular and barely worthwhile a look. This is NOT an attraction, but a good place to go for a run.

2. Rhododendronpark Bremen

Deliusweg 4, 28359 Bremen, State of Bremen, Germany +49 421 42706665
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4.5 based on 146 reviews

Rhododendronpark Bremen

Reviewed By Prinessa - Detmold, Germany

I just love this park. Great for jogging, and when the flowers are out, it's spectacular. There is a cute café and gift shop here too. Well worth coming to!

3. Schnoor Viertel

28195 Bremen, State of Bremen, Germany +49 421 38010998
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Schnoor Viertel

Reviewed By Daretobe - Invercargill, New Zealand

Not only that, here is a challenge: find restaurant Katzencafe, and have a meal there. Great spot, with equally good food, but it's the finding it that makes it so interesting. So many small houses on such little room, from so many different centuries. It's a dedicated town that manages to keep these buildings maintained over several hundreds of years. It is now, in conjunction, together, that they become such an asset to the city.

Bremen, State of Bremen, Germany +49 421 321676
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4.5 based on 901 reviews

Marktplatz

Reviewed By westie23 - Milford on Sea, United Kingdom

This was one of the best Christmas markets I have ever visited despite it being a cold, wet day. There are lots of stalls selling baubles, carvings etc in a wonderful setting overlooked by beautiful old buildings. There are various stalls to buy sausage, chips, gluhwein etc., accompanied by lively traditional music.

5. Historische Altstadt

Bremen, State of Bremen, Germany
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4.5 based on 958 reviews

Historische Altstadt

Reviewed By Koshkha - UK

The historic old town centre of Bremen is absolutely gorgeous and is a lovely area for just wandering around, hanging out with a beer or a coffee on a Terrace (maybe not in February admittedly) and just soaking up the atmosphere. The area around the Dom (cathedral) and the Rathaus (town hall) and the square opposite where Roland the Giant lives, is particularly fine but I recommend to head down the narrow Boetcherstrasse too for some beautiful architecture and quirky features.

6. Universum Bremen

Wiener Str. 1a, 28359 Bremen, State of Bremen, Germany +49 421 3346
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4.5 based on 400 reviews

Universum Bremen

Reviewed By PurplishCat - Ghent

If you're Belgium, this museum looks very much like Technopolis. If you're not Belgian, this is a hands-on science museum for kids. Meaning that you actually get to touch things and experiment.
The collection of provided exhibits is quite large and - at least according to my two kids (8 and 12) were lots of fun. While everything is marked in German, there is also an English translation on all exhibits. The only things that might be a problem are some movies / audio fragments that are in German only but that's not enough to stop you from enjoying the exhibits.an
Some other points, there are two places where you can eat, one (in the shell looking building) is much smaller and has a much more limited selection than the one in the "cub e". Also, don't forget that there is still some fun stuff to do outside as well, and as there are some outside tables in the second restaurant, you can buy something to drink and see your kids enjoy themselves playing with water and other stuff outside.

7. Bottcherstrasse

28195 Bremen, State of Bremen, Germany
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4.5 based on 244 reviews

Bottcherstrasse

Reviewed By Koshkha - UK

I adore the Bottecherstrasse and it's one of my favourite streets in Bremen. Located off the edge of the Marktplatz, it's a narrow street that runs through a district of cute arty shops, an art museum, past the glockenspiel and the Staev (a favourite restaurant) and then out past a sushi bar to the street at the far end.
The architecture is fascinating, there are quirky little touches to look for like the second set of Bremen musicians tucked down a side entrance above a small water feature, and of course the quarterly chimes of the glock. Love it.
Can get crowded especially with tour groups waiting for the chimes. Take your camera.

8. Bremer Geschichtenhaus

Wuestestaette 10, 28195 Bremen, State of Bremen, Germany +49 421 3362651
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4.5 based on 104 reviews

Bremer Geschichtenhaus

Reviewed By Oisin1991 - Cork, Ireland

This museum is worth going to as it really does bring history to life! The story started for us at around the time of the 30 Years' War and it continued until well into the 19th Century - and it took us through issues of religion, the history of Bremen as a key area of trade and the story of Gesche Gottfried. Our journey was taken all through German and as none of the four of us were native German speakers it was quite difficult to understand everything but the staff were patient and they put on a really impressive show. If you are a native or fluent German speaker with an interest in German history you will enjoy this very much. Even though I didn't understand everything that was said I still give this attraction a 4* Star rating

9. Bremen Town Hall (Rathaus)

Am Markt 21, 28195 Bremen, State of Bremen, Germany +49 421 3614102
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4.5 based on 767 reviews

Bremen Town Hall (Rathaus)

Reviewed By Travelexperience12 - Wetherby, United Kingdom

Whilst visiting Bremen on a cruise, our city tour included an internal organised visit to this building. Firstly, the location in the Marketplatz and the exterior are impressive. When going inside, it continues to be very impressive, with the large hall and also the official chamber being particularly stunning, with large very old models of sailing ships hanging from the ceiling. For understandable reasons, the guide was very insistent that everyone stayed together as a group. It is definitely worth arranging a tour of this building when in Bremen.

10. Museen Boettcherstrasse

Boettcherstr. 6-10, 28195 Bremen, State of Bremen, Germany +49 421 3388222
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4.5 based on 160 reviews

Museen Boettcherstrasse

Reviewed By Caspar v - Maastricht, The Netherlands

When you are in Bremen don't miss this amazing Street. It offers beautiful buildings and some very lovely shops. At noon the bells out of Meissner China create a lovely moment. Watch the tower opening up at that time and showing the Bremen transport history. It is great.

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