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    The one who brings the light - Roland

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Oct 28, 2012

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    Bremen Roland

    The Bremen Roland is a statue of Roland, erected in 1404. It stands in the market square (Rathausplatz) of Bremen, Germany, facing the cathedral, and shows Roland, paladin of the first Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne and hero of the Battle of Roncevaux Pass. Roland is shown as protector of the city: his legendary sword (known in chivalric legend as Durendal) is unsheathed, and his shield is emblazoned with the two-headed Imperial eagle.

    The standing figure is 5.47 m tall, and stands on a 60 cm rostrum. A supporting column, crowned by a baldachin, brings the combined height to 10.21 m. The statue was carved in limestone from Elm, and was commissioned by the city fathers to replace a wooden one burnt in 1366 by Prince-Archbishop Albert II.

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    St Peter Cathedral

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Oct 28, 2012

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    Bremen Cathedral (Bremer Dom or St. Petri Dom zu Bremen), dedicated to St. Peter, is a church situated in the market square in the center of Bremen, in northern Germany. The cathedral belongs to the Bremian Evangelical Church, a member of the Protestant umbrella organisation named Evangelical Church in Germany.

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    Town Hall

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Oct 28, 2012

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    The Town Hall of Bremen is the seat of the President of the Senate and Mayor of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. It is one of the most important examples of Brick Gothic architecture in Europe. In July 2004, along with the Bremen Roland, the building was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

    The city hall stands on the market square of the historic town centre. Directly in front of it is the statue of Roland, mentioned above. Opposite the square the Chamber of Commerce is located, to the right are Bremen Cathedral and the modern parliament building, whilst to the left is Our Lady's Church. On the west side of the square the sculpture The Town Musicians of Bremen by Gerhard Marcks is displayed.

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    Relaxing in nature - but close to the city

    by christine.j Updated Aug 28, 2012
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    Bürgerpark

    The Bürgerpark - citizens' park - is a large park, about a 10 minutes walk from the main train station, but immediately you feel like you are somewhere else, no longer in a busy city. It's called Bürgerpark because it was given to the citizens and to this day is still maintained by citizens. We loved walking there but were surprised that it wasn't more crowded. There were long stretches when we didn't see anybody else.

    There is a small zoo with some farm animals, some cows were lying on a meadow and we even saw a heron very close.

    In one corner of the park there is a restaurant which also stages music events occasionally, the Waldbühne. We had a very good meal there in the beergarden.

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    Look for the small and the tall

    by christine.j Written Aug 21, 2012
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    Dom - the cathedral

    This is a magnificent building with ornaments, paintings, great windows..., but I'd like to point out a tiny detail: the cathedral mouse. When we did a guided tour through Bremen, our guide told us this mouse had been left by the workers in the cathedral centuries ago, to prove they had been working there. However, the official cathedral information calls this a myth. It says there a mouse was symbol of evil in the middle ages, and - just as the gargoyles outside - was put there to prove to other evil spirits what would happen to them if they dared to enter there - they'd be turned into stone immediately. Whichever is true, we had fun looking for the mouse and finally finding it, it's down at the door near the little shop in the cathedral.

    Something else to do there is walk up the tower. It's a long climb, and there are doors in between - which led me hope I had reached the top, but no, not yet - But once I had made it I was rewarded with a great view. Unfortunately there are nets, probably to keep the pidgeons out and they show on all my pictures.Entrance fee was 1,00 Euro

    Just around the corner of the cathedral there is the Biblegarden, a spot of tranquility a few steps away from the busy market square. From there we went into the Bleikeller, cellars of the cathedral where coffins with six mummies are kept in glass coffins.A short note above each coffins tells the visitors what is known about this person, a student killed in a duel or a soldier killed in battle. Entrance fee was 1,40 Euro.

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    A hole in the ground?

    by christine.j Written Aug 20, 2012

    One of the fun things to do in Bremen is the so called Bremer Loch - the hole of Bremen.
    This looks like a manhole cover in front of the cityhall, but it's actually a piggybank.

    You throw in a coin and you get to hear the voice of one of the town musicians. Since there are four of them, I obviously did this four times and got rewareded with hee-haw, woof,woof,miaow and cock-a-doodle-doo.
    It's charity organisation in Bremen who had this great idea. They make about 15 000 Euro per year with it.

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    Science can be fun: Universum

    by christine.j Written Aug 20, 2012
    Universum, shaped like a whale

    I hesitate to call this a museum, it's rather a huge centre where the visitors do all sorts of experiments.
    It consists of three main parts, cosmos, earth and humans.Then there is a special exhibition area and an outdoor area with several more devices, including a 27 m high tower. The outdoor area looks like a playground, but you can do experiments on all devices.

    We started with the main part and went to the cosmos section first. My husband thought this was the best and most interesting, I thought it was too difficult for the most part. There were many experiments which I didn't understand, but then I've never been too interested in cosmos and how the big bang came about.
    So before most other visitors I came to the earth section. This is spectacular! There are so many everyday events explained there, weather phenomena, clouds, tides ... - this was a great section.
    The one I liked the most was the one about the human body. Lots of experiments about hearing, seeing, development of speech, touching and many, many more.

    This is a wonderful science centre and a great place to go in Bremen.

    It's not cheap, but more than worth the entrance fee of 16 Euro for adults. Be there early in the morning, as it is a very popular museum.

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    St Peter's Cathedral

    by Maryimelda Written May 3, 2012

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    This is a magnificent structure which was built in the 14th century to replace a wooden cathedral destroyed by fire. It was of course, originally a Catholic church but as was so often the case in Germany, it was taken over by the Lutheran church at some time along the way. It was heavily bombed at the end of World War II and the roof was destroyed causing concern as to whether the building might cave in. Fortunately it was able to be restored and the repairs were completed by 1950.

    Sadly, it was locked the day I was there so I could not see the interior. The exterior however, was breathtaking and I had to say I was most impressed.

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    The Swine Statues

    by Maryimelda Updated May 3, 2012

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    I am a great lover of simple street art and the little group of statues depicting the swineherd and his pigs is one of the best I have ever seen. Apparently the swineherd brought the pigs to the Market Place at the end of every market day so that they could eat the left over scraps which were scattered around the square.

    These days the statues are mainly used as a public seating area where people perch to have a rest and maybe enjoy an ice cream.

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    Roland

    by Maryimelda Written May 3, 2012

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    The stunning Roland

    There are several statues of the famous Roland scattered around different German cities but the one in Bremen is sensational to say the least. Roland was initially placed in these places as a protest against the Holy Roman Empire which was in control of so many cities. He was there to protect the city from religious assault.

    This one was built in 1404 and it is widely believed that if the statue ever gets damaged or destroyed then Bremen will be vulnerable to attack. For this reason it is said that a second Roland statue lies in storage under the Rathaus so that it can be slipped in to replace Roland should the worst ever happen.

    The construction from ground to top is about 10+ meters high and the figure of Roland is more than 5 meters. It is a really imposing sight made even better by the fact that he is such a handsome devil.

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    The Bremen Town Musicians

    by Maryimelda Updated Apr 20, 2012

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    The story of the Bremen town Musicians is a wonderful old fairy tale which still appeals to all ages.
    The musicians enjoy iconic status in the city and the most recognisable image of the four was created in bronze in 1956 by Gerhard Marcks. It is thought that you will have good luck if you rub the horse's hooves and this explains why the said hooves are very shiny and of a different colour to the rest of the statue. They have been rubbed by hopeful people for more than fifty years. Another more colourful image can be found in the market square.

    If you want to read the story of the Bremen Town Musicians it can be found here:

    http://fairytales4u.com/story/four.htm

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    The Market Place

    by Maryimelda Written Apr 20, 2012

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    Lots of cafes
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    This is where it all happens in Bremen. The square is huge and is home to many of the most interesting and historical buildings, statues and monuments in town. Here you will find the most famous Roland of them all as well as the Rathaus, the Cathedral, the Parliament and not forgetting the famouse Bremen Town Musicians. It is a wonderful place to sit and have a coffee at one of the many cafes that abound and watching the world go by is a fascinating pastime indeed. When I was there, I happened upon a political demonstration of some kind, so I would hazard a guess that there is never a dull moment in the square.

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    Beck's Bewery tour

    by Benson35 Updated Jan 19, 2012

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    This tour is described in my Bremen Christmas Markets page (Christmas markets & a walk around town).
    It's brilliant! Tours are available all day and into the evening. You do need to book on these tours, but since the brewery is so close to the town centre, we walked in and booked on a tour later that day.

    They run English speaking tours and German speaking tours. The whole tour lasts just over an hour and costs around 10 euros which include the tasting at the end!
    You have choice of trying (from what I remember):
    Becks - pale lager
    Haake Beck - only produced for the region of Bremen
    Becks Blue - alcohol free
    Becks Gold
    Becks Lime
    Becks Dark

    It's great value for money and well worth a visit!

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    St. Peter's Cathedral

    by Benson35 Written Jan 19, 2012

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    You are able to look inside the cathedral and stand or sit, in awe of it's magnitute and beauty.
    The Cathedral has two towers; the North tower and South tower. You can to climb the South tower for amazing views of the city.
    There are five organs within the Cathedral, one of which being one of northwest Germany's largest. They are works of art.
    There is still some of the original hand-craved choir stalls and the stone Baptismal font dates back to 1229. There are crypts that house the graves of Bishops and Archbishops and the lead basement houses eight mummies in glass top coffins. This is where you can also see the original lower structure of the Cathedral.

    This Cathedral is amazing and I would recommend a visit. But don't rush it, take time to appreciate it.

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    Das Schnoorviertel

    by Treeman28 Written May 26, 2011

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    Schnoor

    Everyone who comes to Bremen makes a beeline for the Schnoor Quarter. And what better name for the sleepy cluster of narrow streets and tiny houses which seem to be timidly taking refuge from the Hanseatic splendour of the city centre. In the snow its charm was even stronger.

    If you're here, make sure you visit one of the numerous shops selling marzipan truffles and Bremerkuche- a perfect Christmas gift for someone at home, to go with the stocking filler chocolate Santas that you can buy in the Feodora shop near the Market.

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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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