A bit further on from the culture mile, heading toward the centre of town and hidden behind the city’s modern façade, you’ll discover the Schoor, perhaps the most charmiv ng neighbourhood in Bremen, certainly its oldest. The medieval alleys are lined with one tiny colourful house after the other, like ‘peals on a string’; and thus the name - Schnoor - which means ‘string’ in Low German. This neighbourhood is virtually stuffed with these delightful miniature abodes, brimming with their enticing wares. Numerous shops assure you’ll find that special souvenir and the range of restaurants assure you’ll satisfy any yen. Take time to try the delicious baked goods available at the cafes and tea houses. Their homemade cakes are made fresh daily and are not to be missed!
Leaving the Schnoor, head to St. Peter’s Cathedral on your way to the main square of the city centre. Located directly at the main square are a number of Bremen’s most famous buildings, including the statue of Roland and the historical town hall, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Walk along the side of town hall, passing the entrance of the ‘Ratskeller’ restaurant, and you’ll encounter the bronze statue of the Bremen Town Musicians from the Brothers Grimm tale. Perhaps you’ve noticed the donkey’s hoofs shine a bit brighter than the rest of the statue? Legend has it that grasping both front legs will bring you luck. So don’t pass up the opportunity!
Opposite the town hall, on the other end of the main square, is the entrance to the Böttcherstraße. The street in its entirety, with its expressionist brick architecture, is a work of art created by Bernhard Hoetger. Be sure to time your visit to catch the Glockenspiel. (January till March at 12:00, 15:00 and 18:00 and every hour between 12:00 and 18:00 from April to December.)