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Bremen sightseeing offers its visitors some true gems. This quaint German city has enough amazing architecture and fun legends to keep even the most world-weary traveler interested.
This Bremen sight is Old Town’s old town. Some of the houses here date back to the 15th century. Most of the fun of the Schnoor quarter is wandering around the tiny lanes as you get a glimpse of some lovely old architecture. In your wanderings, be sure not to miss the famous Shipper’s House, a wonderfully-preserved house from 1630 and the Schnoor’s chief attraction.
Town Hall of Bremen
One of the most photographed buildings in Bremen is its 15th century Town Hall, which has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Apart from its ornate Renaissance-style facade, the interior has just as much to offer. Inside you’ll find the Ratskeller restaurant, Golden Chamber and the Senate Hall.
And while you’re in the area, you’re certain to see…
The Statue of Roland
This Bremen sight is just outside of the Town Hall and is included in its UNESCO recognition. The Statue of Roland was built in 1404 and dedicated to the town hero and protector of Bremen, a knight of Charlemagne.
Legends say as long as this 10 meter (33 foot) statue survives, the city of Bremen will live free and independent. :-)
The Town Hall Musicians
Arguably, Bremen owes much of its fame to this simple fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. The Town Musicians (Bremer Stadtmusikanten) are a donkey, dog, cat and rooster who seek to escape their cruel fates by going to Bremen town to become famous musicians. Although they never arrive, they do live happily ever after.
You can visit their statue on the west side of the Town Hall. Local customs say that if you rub the donkey’s hooves, he will grant your wish!
The Bremen Cathedral is also known as St Peter’s and yet another town treasure. Its twin towers measure 99 meters (325 feet) and soar gracefully in a typical Gothic fashion. If you’re lucky you may get to hear one of the five famous organs housed within the Cathedral.
Many of Bremen’s most picturesque sights can be found on the Market Square, like the Town Hall, Roland Statue and the Town Musicians. But this Bremen sight is also home to scores of beautiful houses and amazing architecture. Be sure to spend some time simply strolling along the streets here!