Bremen is a major port and industrial centre north-western Germany. It’s around 60km inland from the North Sea and sits on the banks of the Weiser River. The town has a large medieval quarter and it’s also home to one of Germany’s oldest annual fairs and markets. Called the Freimarkt, or Free Market, it’s been held in the last two weeks of October every year since 1036. Hiring a car in Bremen is a good idea to help you get out and about – and for times when you’d rather explore by foot, the city also has a great choice of parks, gardens and other green spaces to enjoy.
At the heart of Bremen is its famous Market Square. As well as playing host to frequent markets, it’s also part of a large area which has been designated as an official UNESCO World Heritage Site. In contrast to the old-style buildings in the area, it’s near here that you’ll also find the modernist state parliament building that was built in 1966. Bremen also has more than its fair share of museums and art galleries to explore. Two of the best are the Museum of Antiquity that houses Germany’s most important collection of Ancient Greek urns and vases, and the Üebersee Museum – a fascinating range of ethnographic and natural history exhibits. If you want to get a real feel for the city’s medieval past, head for the Schnoor quarter where you’ll find a maze of narrow alleyways lined with shops and bars. An advantage of renting a car in Bremen is that you’ll be able to also explore places like nearby Oldenburg. With much of it dating back to the 15th century, it also has a large pedestrianised shopping area and a famous glockenspiel at the town hall that plays automatically four times a day.
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0730-2300, Sa 0800-2300, Su 1000-2300
Address: Flughafenallee 29-31
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0730-1800, Sa 0800-1200, Su 1000-1200.
Address: Bahnhofsplatz 15
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0730-1800, Sa 0800-1200, Su 1000-1200
Address: Hansator 5
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0800-1800, Sa 0800-1200, Su 0900-1000
Address: Aumunder Feldstrasse 47
Phone: 0421 6530000