Bremen Christmas Markets
The city’s delightful Christmas market is held on the historical market square, surrounded by the UNESCO World Heritage town hall, the cathedral, the Church of Our Lady and the Schütting guildhall. Glittering illuminations, the glow of candlelight and the sea of decorated stalls create a special atmosphere that enchants more and more visitors every year. The air is full of delicious aromas – from freshly roasted almonds to gingerbread and glühwein. The Schlachte promenade along the Weser river also joins in the seasonal fun, when markets of Christmas past are brought to life at the Schlachte Magic. Traders in medieval attire offer historical wares and traditional food and drink can be sampled at a wide choice of stands. The marquees and booths beside the river are beautifully decorated with winter themes while a range of events on board the ships cater for maritime entertainment.
Bremen itself is a pulsating city of many faces. Its history, tradition, high-tech achievements, scientific feats and innovation in space research unite this multifaceted city in an exciting ground-breaking experience.
Things to do and see
Visit the Bremen Town Musicians. These four fairytale animals are as much a part of Bremen as the river Weser, and you can find them wherever you wander in the old quarter. You can see the famous sculpture outside the town hall, hear the animals’ voices coming out of the ground in front of the State Parliament building and visit the donkey’s grave on Böttcherstrasse.
Indulge in a spot of late night Christmas shopping in the city centre every Saturday in Advent until 10 pm.
Bremen’s Roland statue is one of the oldest and most beautiful and, according to UNESCO experts, the most representative of Roland statues found in many German towns and cities, symbolising freedom and market rights.
Bremen´s ‘drawing room’ is the Marktplatz, and its greatest attraction is the Town Hall. Guided tours of the historic building provide an insight into its fascinating 600-year history. The tour includes the impressive Upper Town Hall and a look into the splendid Golden Chamber. Since 2004, the Town Hall and the Roland statue have been inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Visit the Universum Science Centre Bremen, a striking building resembling a silver whale or a giant mussel. There are lots of interactive exhibits here on the themes of technology, human biology and nature.
Enjoy the wide range of restaurants and cafés beside the river or discover Bremen from the water on a boat.
Images © Jonas Ginter / BTZ Bremer Touristik-Zentrale
- Flight time from London: 1hr 25min
- Bremen Airport: 3.6km from the city centre; transfer time about 19 min
- Hamburg Airport: 119km for the city centre; transfer time about 1 hour 48 min
- Nearest railway station: Bremen Hbf
- Currency: Euro