Luftaufnahme von Bremen zeigt die Gegend um Weser-Stadion und Weser

48 Hours in Bremen - Day 1

2 Days in Bremen

For two whole days, Bremen is your playground! Whether you’re spending a weekend or two weekdays in Bremen, you’re in good hands with our tips for exploring the city on the Weser. In addition to well-known sights, discover Bremen’s different neighbourhoods, narrow, crooked alleyways and maritime flare. Get to know the real Bremen, in the present day as well as historically.

 Breakfast (8:30 till 9:30)

Have breakfast in style at the Kaffeemühle, a restaurant located in an old mill idyllically located on the beautiful Wallanlage. After a hearty breakfast you’re ready for a morning of busy sightseeing. 

Tausende rote Tulpen vor der Mühle am Wall

Source: WFB / Tristan Vankann

 Bremen City Centre

On to the city centre for a photo op with four of the most famous denizens of Bremen: The Town Musicians of the Grimm Brothers’ tale. At this early hour, before the crowds arrive, take the chance to snap a private selfie with the Bremen Town Musicians. And don’t forget to shake hands – both hands – with the donkey, legend says it brings luck.

Die bronzenen Stadtmusikanten bei Nacht (Quelle: Dennis Siegel)

Source: Dennis Siegel

 Over the Rooftops of Bremen (10:00)

Time for your early morning workout!  265 steps separate you from Bremen’s best view.  From April to October, the south tower of St. Peter’s Cathedral opens its doors and viewing platform to the public. Take in the view of Bremen city in its entirety from this height. On a clear day you can see even further. The climb really is worth the effort. 

Ein Blick vom St. Petri Dom auf den Marktplatz; Quelle: bremen.online/BKO

Source: bremen.online/BKO

 Sightseeing on Foot (11 till 11:45) or guided tour

Back down on terra firma, now’s your chance to tour the inside of the cathedral and have a closer look at the sights around the main square including the town hall, Roland, the spitting stone and Bremen Parliament. Of course, you can also choose to take a guided tour. A guided tour will take a little more time, and lengthen the following day’s schedule slightly. 

Passanten rund um den historischen Marktplatz in Bremens Stadtmitte.

Source: Frauenseiten / A. Robers

 The Glockenspiel Böttcherstraße (From 12:00)

Make sure you secure your spot for viewing the Glockenspiel, with its 30 Meissen porcelain bells playing maritime and folk tunes, by 12:00 sharp: that’s when the concealed panel begins turning to reveal 10 different images depicting adventurers and explorers who have crossed the oceans. If you’ve decided on a guided tour, no worries, the Glockenspiel takes place

  • on the hour from 12:00 – 18:00
  • from 01.01. to 30.04 at 12:00, 15:00 and 18:00 (not in freezing conditions)

After the Glockenspiel, stroll around the Böttcherstraße, explore the shops and museums and stop by the Bon Bon Factory with the Seven Lazy Men fountain in front.

Türmchen im Haus des Glockenspiels im Schnoor mit rotierender Figurentafel.

Source: privat / JUA

 Lunch (13:00)

Starting to get a little hungry? From the Böttcherstraße cross over the Domsheide to the world-famous Schnoor, Bremen’s oldest neighbourhood. In the narrow streets and alleyways, you’ll find a diverse number of restaurants from Japanese to Spanish to classical German and Bremen speciality.

Schnoor - Wüstestätte

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Dessert and Shopping in the Schnoor (14:00 to 15:00)

After lunch is your chance to explore this enchanting district. Squeeze through the narrow passages and browse the charming shops. Enjoy a delicious dessert at one of the fantastic cafes or ice cream parlours. Chocolate fans should take the opportunity to stop by Schröters Chocolaterie.

Bremen Museums (15:00 to 18:00)

Spend the afternoon in Bremen’s museums. Whether your interest lies with sport or in classical art, Bremen has something for everyone. Most of the following museums can easily be reached on foot from the Schnoor. 

Plan B – Shopping

Those who prefer to skip the museum can put together their own personal shopping tour. Get to know Bremen’s shopping districts. Whether exiting a museum or just finishing up the last of your shopping, your next stop is the Viertel. 

 Das Viertel   (from 18:00)

One of Bremen’s best loved neighbourhoods is the Viertel (the Quarter). You’ll find individual shops, varied cultural venues, and culinary offerings in abundance here. Absolutely mandatory is Bremen’s very own ‘fast food’ creation: the rollo. An insider tip is the fast food restaurant "Tandour" on Sielwall. Dozens of wonderful restaurants representing the best of world cuisine await you in the Viertel.

Blick stadtauswärts auf den Ostertorsteinweg

Source: WFB Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH / Jonas Ginter

Pub Crawl or Early Night?

Those who still have some reserves of energy left after a full day of collecting Bremen Moments and are eager to check out the Bremen nightlife, will find themselves in just the right spot here in the Viertel. Mix with the locals in the "Wohnzimmer" and "Heldenbar" or get lost in the "Bermuda Dreieck" (Bermuda Triangle) between Fehrfeld and Römerstraße. You can find the bar, pub or club just right for you in this area. 

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Nächtliche Aufnahme zeigt Kneipen im "Bermuda Dreieck"

Das Bermuda Dreieck bei Nacht.

Source: privat / BKO

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