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    Bremer Loch (Hole of Bremen)

    by SWFC_Fan Written Sep 9, 2014

    The Bremer Loch (Hole of Bremen) is a manhole cover on Bremen's central market square, Am Markt.

    It looks like an ordinary manhole cover, but it has a coin slot at its centre. If you insert a coin into the slot, you will hear the sound of one of the famous Town Musicians of Bremen (either the donkey, the dog, the cat or the rooster) from the Brothers Grimm tale.

    The proceeds of the Bremer Loch go to the Wilhelm Kaisen Burgerhilfe charity which supports a number of organisations.

    During our visit to Bremen in August 2013, we saw one young child poking a thin stick through the coin slot, thereby triggering a series of appreciative noises from the various animals!

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    Coopers' Lane

    by viddra Updated Aug 2, 2014

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    This is where coopers (böttchers) used to live and work, thus the name of the street, but it almost disappeared in the 19th century. Then, at the beginning of the 20th century, Ludwig Roselius, a local coffee merchant, decided to restore the street and build brick houses.
    Today, this 110m-long narrow lane's full of small shops, workshops, restaurants and museums. The most famous thing here is the carillon of 30 porcelain bells that you can listen to every hour from noon to 6pm (January-March at 12, 15, 18).
    At the entrance to the street, there's a golden relief called 'Bringer of Light' by Hoetger. It depicts Archangel Michael fighting a dragon.

    Lichtbringer a pharmacy a restaurant and a caf�� a pleasant walk map
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    The house of science

    by viddra Written Aug 2, 2014

    This is where you can find a lot of interesting things about science. You can take part in discussions, talks, or visit exhibitions.

    The building dates from the 17th century. The Forward Association was founded here in 1846. You can see Gutenberg with a book in his left hand on 1 side of the building.

    Opening hours:
    Mon-Fri 10am-7pm
    Sat 10am-2pm
    Admission free!

    Haus der Wissenschaft
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    The knowledge centre

    by viddra Updated Aug 2, 2014

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    The central library of Bremen is a true place of lifelong learning. It was founded in 1902 as a reading room. Now, you can find not only books here, but CDs, films and much more. They also organise readings, lectures, art exhibitions and different activities for children.

    The building used to be a police house.

    Opening hours:
    Monday, Tuesday, Friday 10 - 19,
    Wednesday 13 - 19,
    Thursday 9 - 20,
    Saturday 10 - 16

    Stadtbibliothek Stadt Bibliothek
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    Trade chamber

    by viddra Written Aug 2, 2014

    One cannot but admire the magnificent façade of the Bremen trade chamber. The building dates from the early 17th century and is the oldest German chamber of crafts, founded in 1849. Above the portal there are the allegories of Justice, Minerva and Hercules, symbolizing justice, wisdom and power.

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    The Wilhelm Wagenfeld Museum

    by viddra Updated Aug 2, 2014

    The museum named after a Bremen designer is a centre for temporary design exhibitions.

    The building was built in 1828 according to the designs of Friedrich Moritz Stamm, while the military reliefs on the front and back windows were completed in 1973. It used to be a prison and police station.

    Opening times:
    Tue 3-9pm
    Wed-Sun 10am-6pm
    Admission fee!

    Wilhelm Wagenfeld Haus
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    The Gerhard Marcks Museum

    by viddra Updated Aug 2, 2014

    The museum of modern and contemporary sculpture was founded in 1969 by a German sculpture and graphic artist whose name it bears. It opened in 1971.

    The building, completed in 1825 according to the designs of Friedrich Moritz Stamm, used to be a gatehouse.

    Opening hours:
    Tuesday-Sunday 10-18
    Thursday 10-21
    Admission fee, except for under 18 and on the 1st Thursday of the month, when it's free for everybody!

    Marchs Haus
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    Historical cellar

    by viddra Written Aug 1, 2014

    The cellar of the Town Hall is home to the world's largest collection of German wines. Built in 1405, it's also one of the oldest wine cellars in Germany.

    There's a restaurant here as well. It's open from 11am to midnight.

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    A shopping street

    by viddra Updated Aug 1, 2014

    Walking from the main station to the heart of the old city, you'll definitely come upon this bronze group of a swineherd with his pigs and dog. One of the most photographed sculptures in Bremen was created by Peter Lehmann in 1974. The group stands at the beginning of a shopping street named after a pig (Söge) in the 13th century.

    The street is packed with all kinds of retail shops.

    Schweinehirt und seine Herde
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    Unique exhibits

    by viddra Written Aug 1, 2014

    Bremen Ethnological Museum, founded in 1896, offers its visitors a unique experience about humans and animals around the world.

    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 9 – 18
    Sat-Sun 10 – 18
    closed on Mondays
    Admission fee!

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    Domshof

    by viddra Written Aug 1, 2014

    The Cathedral Court is the largest square in old Bremen. This is where public executions were once performed. Today, it's used as a market place from Monday to Saturday (8-15). Here you can buy fresh fruit, vegetables, some tasty fish and meat products.

    Several banks surround the square, including the 1891 Deutsche Bank with the bronze Global Fountain by Bernd Altenstein from 1996. The nearby Neptune Fountain by Waldemar Otto from 1992 serves as a meeting point.

    Neptunbrunnen Weltkugelbrunnen
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    St John's Provost Church

    by viddra Written Aug 1, 2014

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    The Gothic church built in the 14th century, once a Franciscan church, is the city's main Catholic church.

    Opening hours:
    Mon-Sat 9am-7pm
    Sun 10am-7pm

    There are other Catholic buildings and institutions nearby, so the whole area is also known as the 'little Vatican'.

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    The Carillon

    by viddra Updated Aug 1, 2014

    With its 30 porcelain bells chiming, the Carillon House (Haus des Glockenspiels) is 1 of the most famous landmarks in Böttcherstraße. You can also watch the rotation of 10 coloured wooden panels in the tower nearby. The panels show famous aviators and seamen who crossed the Atlantic.

    The chiming times:
    every hour noon-18 (January- April: noon, 15 and 18)

    Haus des Glockenspiels
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    The guildhall

    by viddra Written Jul 31, 2014

    The beautiful building opposite the Town Hall, former merchants' guild house, has been the chamber of commerce since 1849.
    It was built in 1537/38, but altered several times until it burnt to the ground in 1944 and was reconstructed in 1956.
    The motto of Bremen's merchants can be read above the entrance to the building: 'outside and in - venture and win'.

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    Town Hall

    by viddra Updated Jul 31, 2014

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    The Gothic Town Hall was built between 1405 and 1410, but the Renaissance façade was added 2 centuries later. One cannot but admire its many figures, reliefs, angels, flowers; it's a real art in stone, isn't it?
    Apart from being the seat of the government and administration, the Town Hall houses a restaurant with wine barrels in the cellar.
    It's possible to go on a guided tour of the Town Hall, hear the story behind it and see the Upper Hall, with impressive wall paintings and model ships hanging from the ceiling (believe it or not, they say that the miniature cannons can be fired!), and the small Golden Chamber (Güldenkammer) added in 1595, but redecorated in Art Nouveau style in 1905. The guided tours (5€ in July 2014) are at 11, 12, 15 and 16 Mondays-Saturdays, and at 11 and 12 on Sundays.

    Bremer Rathaus the Upper Hall the Golden Chamber
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  • Jan 11, 2013 at 5:35 AM

    In the Schnoor there are lot of secrets to discover. Squeeze yourself through the smallest corner and you’ll find a beautiful shop, which sells old cans. Also discover a sweet shop that is still making their sweets themselves. If you are lucky you can try a just made and still war candy.

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