Bremen Beer Festival - Freimarkt
13th October 2017 - 29th October 2017
'Ischa Freimarkt' (it is Freimarkt) is what the Bremen inhabitants say when what is known as their 'fifth season' starts in autumn. With beer being brewed in the city since the 11th century, The Bremen Beer Festival is the oldest fair in Germany and the biggest festival in the north of the country. The quality of local beers such as Rotbier, Porter and Ale can be appreciated throughout the festival. The Freimarkt is famous for its late-night partying and its state-of-the-art fairground rides. There is no other fair in Germany that offers such a wide range of fun rides like the riverside city. Thrill-seekers will be delighted and partygoers will find a wide range of lively locations.
Thousands of visitors from all over the world sway in the beer tent, listen to rock and pop music in the Hanseatic tent or meet after 8pm in hall 7 to take part in Bremen's largest party.
The Bremen Freimarkt may not be as popular as Munich's Oktoberfest but there is certainly no shortage of fun to be had. The two-week fair and folk festival is considered one of Germany's finest beer festivals and one of the country's most historical events.
If you are looking for a calmer experience, don't miss a visit to the Bremen market place in the historic city centre. Here, you can enjoy the delicious fried pastries, the famous aromatic gingerbread hearts or the bright red toffee apples. You can also take advantage of the world famous Becks headquarters in Bremen and take a brewery tour. As well as looking round the museum, you will be able to see the ingredients store and brew-house, malt silos, fermentation tanks and be provided with wealth of fascinating information about brewing the world famous Beck's branded beer.
A tour of the brewery can also be easily combined with a visit to Alexander von Humboldt, the iconic three-masted ship used to promote Beck's beer. Once a star of German TV and adverts, the ship now serves as a floating hotel and restaurant, offering overnight accommodation in its modern double and four-bed cabins.
'Ischa Freimarkt' and Bremen itself provide a unique setting for events and is a wonderful place to relax and get together with friends.
If you can't make it during the beer festival, why not visit the spectacular Bremen Christmas Market instead?