"Bremen - the city of the musicians" Top 5 Page for this destination Bremen by Bernd_L

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For centuries Bremen has been a harbour-city although it is about 60 kilometres away from the coast. River Weser made it possible. Besides Hamburg it was one of the big gateways for traders of overseas goods. And this made Bremen a rich city what can be seen in its old town quarters where you find wonderful buildings in the traditional brick architecture.

But the ships grew bigger and the Weser silted up. So large vessels couldn't reach the city anymore. Therefore the citizens built a new harbour at the coast and the city of Bremerhaven was born. Together with Bremen this city forms the smallest of the 16 federal states of Germany.

Nowadays Bremens economy is struggling after a major crisis of the shipbuilding industry. While looking for new ways to earn money they made big efforts to make the city more attractive for tourists. They already had picturesque old quarters. And they added some new objects of interest like the Universum Science Center, the Space Center and the Botanica toattract people. So go there and spend a weekend or make an excursion if you spend your vacation at the North Sea coast.

Bremen is also famous for its singing animals, the so called "Town-Musicians of Bremen". A fairy tale of the Grimm brothers tells the story of four aging animals (a donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster) who are too old to be useful and should be killed by their owners. So the four left their homes. When they met each other on the road they decided to go to Bremen to earn their living as an "Senior-Band".

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice old buildings and interesting new theme centers
  • Cons:Don't forget your umbrella - there's a good chance you need it
  • Last visit to Bremen: May 2004
  • Intro Updated Jun 6, 2004
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    I remember the Brothers Grimm. The Town-Musicians of Bremen I love! Thanks for sharing.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2012 at 3:57 AM

    Hallo, Bernd!~ Ich bin in Bremen nie gewesen und würde diese schöne Stadt gerne besuchen...

  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    Vielen Dank, Bernd. Ich habe auf Deiner Seite einen guten Überblick mit wichtigen Informationen bekommen. Das Park Hotel werde ich mir auch nur von außen anschauen, aber das Universum ist ein Muss.

  • Roadquill's Profile Photo
    Aug 29, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Hi Bernd, Have a great time at the Paris meet. I see a lot of my friends will be there but, unfortunately not me... Karl

  • Maryimelda's Profile Photo
    Aug 31, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    I love this page. Very informative and interesting. thank you.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Bernd, fantastic page about Bremen. I know a person in your neighbourhood who might like the flea market at the bank of the Weser river. See you soon in Karlsruhe. :-)

  • slothtraveller's Profile Photo
    Apr 29, 2008 at 5:48 AM

    An interesting page about a city I have visited a number of times but know very little about. It was interesting to read some of the history of the city in your tips. You are very correct about the Regenschirm!

  • Feb 27, 2008 at 4:53 AM

    guten tag. Great page. It is the first time I have seen photos of Breman and it looks stunning. liked a lot of your tips like the one about Roland!

  • Oct 26, 2007 at 10:26 PM

    Guten Morgen Bernd! I was really impressed with your Bremen page - I was just there this week, but it looks like you had much better weather on your trip!

  • mary2u99's Profile Photo
    Jul 13, 2006 at 11:47 PM

    What a nice building for a Town Hall!! I never been to this part of Germany but it does look wonderful. :-)


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