The people of Bremen are proud of their maritime heritage and this is something that is heavily celebrated during the festive period. The traditional boats in the harbour area are decked out in strings of lights, adding to the nostalgic feeling along the River Weser.
And it is in this part of the city where you will find ‘Schlachte-Zauber’ or Schlachte Magic as it is known in English. Schlachte refers to the name of the picturesque riverside promenade where you will find the market and the magic part refers to the way your senses will be stirred. The smell of mulled wine, cinnamon and fried fish fill the air as you are transported back to medieval times when this Hanseatic city was at the height of its power. As well as the handicrafts on offer, there will be street performers and authentic tradesmen to complete the atmosphere.
Once you’ve reached the end of the Schlachte promenade, take a stroll to the town hall square via the iconic Böttcherstraße where you’ll find another Christmas market. Around 160 stalls surround the World Heritage-listed buildings offering local cuisine, fantastic gift ideas and delightful tree decorations.