Twilight in Bremen
The old town of Bremen looks lovely in the early evening. The crowds around Marketplatz have dispersed and it's much quieter around the centre and it's a great time to wander the streets. We spent a couple of hours in the early evening wandering around the streets and visiting some of the great pubs of Bremen. It was so tempting to stay on for longer but we had to return to Hamburg.
Walking down from the station, before reaching the old town, you pass this windmill just off Burgermeister Strasse. Nearby is Am Wall which marks boundary between the old town and the rest of Bremen.
Good place for food and drinks
At the corner of the "Schlachte" you'll find Bar Celona.
The pub/restaurant has a nice interior and great service. Due to the amount of people that can eat there the noise is sometimes a bit disturbing.This is not the ideal place to have a face-to-face romantic dinner with your wife or girlfriend.
Plenty of choice for food and drinks on the menu so you're sure to find something to your likings. I'm a pasta lover so I'd recommend the lasagna.
For drinks make sure to give the Beck's Green Lemon a try: it's less alcoholic (2,5%) than the Becks Gold and has a sweet refreshing taste. The Lemon isn't exported so you'll only be able to find this in Germany.
Town hall (Rathaus)
The town hall was built between 1405 and 1410 in a gothic style. A Renaissance facade was added to the building in 1608. It's a nice looking building and was designated a site of UNESCO wold cultural heritage in 2004.
There are also guided tour through the town hall but it seems we choose a bad time for our visit: mid of February there's the so-called "Schaffermahl", a meal with an select group of about 300 merchants, shipowners and captains, and the hall could not be visited the day after. This "Schaffermahl" follows the same ceremony like four centuries ago and they get the same meal (well, with fresh ingredients hopefully!). And still women are not accepted - there only had been two exceptions so far, a femal captain and our chancellor Angela Merkel.
Badehaus, Oriental Hamam
If you wanna relax from sight-seeing for a day, go to the Turkish Hamam. It is not that expensive and you can book several extras. The staff is very friendly.
Inside you have the actual Hamam bathing room, a relax room, a sauna, a lounge to relax, read or drink sth(drink prices are very modest). E'thing looks very clean and "calm".
Visit their homepage www.badehaus-bremen.de
Prices are: 11 Euro for students, for adult I am not sure, maybe 3-4 Euro more. This is during the week. At the weekends they charge more. You can also hire a linen cloth(which is highly recommended, because it takes all the sweat) for 1 Euro.