The Weserstadium is located just at the bank of the Weser.
The Weser is a river in north-western Germany. Formed at Hannoversch Münden by the confluence of the rivers Fulda and Werra, it flows through Lower Saxony, then reaching the Hanseatic-town Bremen (see: Hanseatic League), before emptying 50 km further north at Bremerhaven into the North Sea.
The Wesel river is one of the most important rivers of Germany. In days of Hansa this river served as one of the basic trading arteries.
After construction of a big sea-port in Bremerhaven in 70 kilometers from Bremen in the mouth of Wesel the value of Bremen as a river port has fallen.
The smallest café in Bremen
I'm not sure if this belongs in the restaurant section or here, but since it's outside the city centre and since you cannot sit down as in a restaurant I decided to write about it here in the off-the-beaten-path section.
In a television documentation about Bremen we had heard about this smallest café in the city and wanted to go there and have a coffee. It is just a stall on the market in the suburb of Findorff, called the Espressomobil.
It was easy to find, as it was one of the stalls with quite a lot of people queueing in front of it. The owner used to be an architect but then decided to serve good coffee instead.She succeeded, it was the best coffee I had ever had on a market. From what I heard we were the only tourists, most of the other customers were on a first name basis with here.
Take the train to Vegesack
Vegesack is the suburb of Bremen where the harbour is. It's about a 20 minutes ride in a train from the main train station in Bremen to the Vegesack train station. The river Weser is very close to the train station and there is a nice foot- and bikepath next to it.
We walked along the river first, then went to the right into the city garden there. This garden , actually more of a park, is underneath a steep hill on top of which beautiful, old houses are standing, called the Kapitänshäuser - the Captains' houses. Probably because when they were built only the captain of a ship had the money to pay for them. Some of them have outlooks on the water, one of them looked like a diving board from below.
Again I was surprised how few tourists we saw, after all it was a beautiful day in August, high season.
After our walk we had lunch in Vegesack at the Hafenwirt, see my restaurant tip.
`Island between Weser and Kleine Weser
Go for an evening stroll on the `island' between the Weser and the Kleine Weser (it's not really an island, but has water on both sides for most of the way). Here, on the southern side of the Wilhelm-Kaisen Bruecke you quickly get into the green: allotments on the fertile silt soil, and small wooden chalets carefully fenced in. It's a lovely garden paradise full of flowers, fruits and vegetables. Indeed, someone had left massive gourds outside their allotments to passers-by simply because they had produced too many. Apples were good too!
But don't take your care: people here fastidiously observe Mittagsruhe between 13.00 and 15.00
If you are going past the red water tower (see photograph), built 1871-3, then you know you are heading in the right direction.
WORPSWEDE - artists village
In the early 1900's Rainer Rilke and Paula Becker lived in the rural artist colony of Worpswede, Germany. Today you can visit this lovely place, a house surrounded by most lush garden and imagine how the life of those two talented artists was.
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U-boot Bunker Valentin - It's big!
I read about Valentin in article in The Times and decided to visit the place. Briefly - an enormous manufacturing plant for Type 21 and 23 U-boats, encased in 6m thick reinforced concrete - 90% complete when the war ended in 1945 - hit by Grand Slam bombs dropped by RAF Lancasters and barely scratched - owned and used by the Bundeswehr for several decades - but now up for sale - protected as a listed monument - built by 20,000 Russian and Polish slave labourers of whom about 25% died - memorial outside to these victims of 'Vernichtung durch Arbeit'.
Not sure if this is for everyone. You can't actually get inside, and the man at the gate house did not appreciate my (British) sense of humour i.e. 'How much do you want for it? Any discount for a citizen of a NATO country?' BUT it's ENORMOUS. The sheer scale of the facility is stunning. You can walk all the way round it... just follow the fences.
To get there take a local train to Farge, then walk or take a bus to Rekum.
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Along the river
One of my favourite areas of Bremen was alongside the River Weser. There were much fewer tourists here than around Marktplatz and we walked past a nice market and some great ubs and restaurants. Very tempting to stop but we were running late for our brewery tour.
Somewhere in the city center (don't remember exactly where, but could be close to Lloyd Passage) is a monument of Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel, an astronomer and mathematician. He was an assistant at an observatory near Bremen.
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This is one of, in my opinion, the best sauna/relaxation complexes in Germany. Containing various Turkish steam rooms, sun rooms, outdoor and indoor pool areas, and saunas of various temperatures, this is a great place to visit after a long day of sightseeing.
It is well outside the city center and is accessible via bus if you do not have a vehicle.
When my friend and I were in Bremen we walked all over the city to find these 3 animals. They are all from a fairytale : the mule, dog, cat, chicken. They all fought against robbers and won, and they used to sing as well. Not a very nice background behind us in the picture but I guess there was some construction going on...
In between the buildings, you can walk a short but from the city and there will be a glockenspiel that plays at 12 and at other certain times. We found it and there was a huge crowd gathered. It plays for like 10mins and very nice music.
This is where I grew up - in a very green part of Bremen, with many little rivers, great nature and one real river - the Wuemme river. The area is well-known among ornithologists for the richness of seldom birds. On the weekends people get their bikes, inline skates of walking shoes and stroll over the dikes to enjoy the scenery and fresh air. And the beergardens of course. Some are well-hidden and can only be reached by boat.
I have portrayed the area from my personal view in the travelogue. Check out if you like nature pics.
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Cruise the ports
Cruising the ports is especially nice, because you don't only see ports as everything is smaller than in Bremerhaven, Hamburg or even Rotterdam. You also have some city scenery and it really is a relaxing and fun cruise. Since Bremen has outsourced its big container activities to Bremerhaven a cruise there at the Weser-Delta is much more impressvie port-size wise, though.
Go to the riverfront at the end of the Boettcherstrasse and you will get right to the Martini-Anleger, where the boats go.
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The Stadtwaage is a bit off the Market square at the Langenstr. 13 (leaving the market square in the back right corner). Here were goods weighted in former times coming from the port, such as coffee, cotton etc. The house dates back to 1588 and has a wonderful renaissance facade.
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Buergerpark - Bremens Central Park
Folks, I love the Buergerpark! Why? Not only because I love nice parks, but this actually is a city park for living. There is 2 categories of city parks in big cities: One is only for nice gardens and walks and the other is also for playing football, frisbee, rowing, sleeping in the grass, picknicking etc. - say for living. The Buergerpark is a nice example for the latter type. It is huge and strechtes from behind the Convention Center behind the Central Station to the University area with the famous "Unisee" with nice swimming in summer. The park has forests, meadows, water, a mini zoo, historical cafes, running circuits etc. etc. etc. If you have the extra time to relax on your trip to Bremen, why not do it here with the locals. Welcome!
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