Bremen is as diverse, colorful and interesting as the people who live here. There is so much to discover in the diverse city on the Weser, so many stories to learn and so many adventures to experience that 24 hours would never be enough. But you are only here for one day? Then take your stay with the typical Hanseatic serenity: Let yourself drift and be inspired by our tips for 24 hours in Bremen.
Start the day well fortified: In the so-called Viertel (Quarter) you will find numerous cafés and restaurants that prepare a delicious breakfast for you. From an extended brunch to a fine bean-to-go coffee, you'll find what you're looking for here. The perfect middle ground for a day that should not only consist of breakfast is the Coffee Corner at Sielwall. With a direct view of the hustle and bustle of the neighborhood, you can enjoy various coffee specialties, bagels (also vegan) and freshly squeezed juices.
If you are already in the Viertel (Quarter), then you should take the opportunity to browse and store in the stores located here. Numerous small boutiques, specialty stores and grocery stores away from the big chains await you with an individual offer. A visit to Heimathaven is particularly worthwhile. Not only the wide range of different delicacies is impressive, but also the interior of the store, which has been offering delicacies for sale since 1874. You also have the chance to purchase various Bremen Specialites here.
Now it's time for a little bit of culture. If you stroll from Sielwall along Ostertorsteinweg in the direction of the city center, you will pass directly by the "culture mile". In addition to the Theater Bremen, you will find the Kunsthalle, the Gerhard-Marcks-Haus and the Wilhelm Wagenfeld Haus, three institutions that offer access to different currents of art in their respective exhibitions. The Gerhard-Marcks-Haus is dedicated to contemporary sculpture, while the Wilhelm Wagenfeld-Haus focuses on the history of everyday culture in changing special exhibitions. The nationally important Kunsthalle Bremen presents you with works from 600 years of art history and changing special shows a wide variety of paintings and sculptures. The quarter itself is full of street art worth seeing.
Not far from the Cultural Mile, a little further towards the city centre, clearly visible signposts on your left point to the Schnoor Quarter. From here you can start a short sightseeing tour that covers some of the Must-See Sights.
The Schnoor is Bremen's oldest quarter. In this medieval quarter, colourful little houses are strung together like pearls on a string (Schnoor). The houses are home to numerous small shops and cafés - the perfect opportunity to stop for a bite to eat.
From the Schnoor, you pass the stately St. Peters Cathedral to Bremen's "parlour", the Market Square. Here you'll find numerous buildings worth seeing, but above all the city's impressive town hall and Bremen's Roland statue, which together are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
At the town hall you will also find the bronze monument to the Bremen Town Musicians, a reminder of the Brothers Grimm fairytale of the same name.
Opposite the town hall, at the other end of the market square, is the entrance to Böttcherstraße. Bremen's secret main street is a unique work of art with its expressionist brick architecture, artistically designed by Bernhard Hoetger. Don't miss the "Haus des Glockenspiels" (House of the Chimes), where 30 Meissen porcelain bells ring out every hour on the hour from January to March at 12 noon, 3 pm and 6 pm and from April to December between 12 noon and 6 pm.
By the way: We have a free audio guide for you, with which you can discover Bremen's sights on your own, but still learn a lot of interesting facts from the professionals.
Once you have seen all these sights, you are already in the middle of the city centre. Here you will find many well-known shops, but also smaller boutiques to shop to your heart's content. At various corners you will also find places to take a coffee break - in Bremen this is called "kaffeesieren".
If you're curious about what's traditionally served in Bremen, you'll find a whole range of restaurants in the city centre. Take a look at the Bremen Ratskeller or Schüttinger - these and other restaurants serve Bremen dishes such as knipp, smelts or labskaus. And if you're already at the Ratskeller, you can not only eat wonderfully here. The vaults, which are well worth seeing, contain over 600 years of wine tradition and the world's largest selection of exclusively German wines. It's worth a look!
Bremen cuisine is hearty cuisine - so you might be in the mood for a little digestive stroll. The Weser promenade near the city centre,Schlachte Embankment, is the perfect place for this. Let your gaze wander over the river and enjoy the maritime ambience. If the evening is still young and you are not yet tired, many bars on the Schlachte invite you to enjoy a beer, cocktail or wine - in the beer garden season even under the open sky and with a view of the Weser. Not directly on the river, but somewhat hidden in the second row, fans of good cocktails get their money's worth: In the 'Blauer Fasan bar', high-quality (and not entirely inexpensive) drinks ranging from classics to your own creations are served until late at night.
If you get hungry again at night, numerous snack bars around Sielwall Crossing will help you out. In many places you can get the Rollos that Bremen is famous for - flatbreads filled and rolled in a variety of ways, which become a special treat with different sauces.
If you didn’t stay up until the wee small hours last night and are feeling rested and full of energy, you can make a little detour to the Findorff market before you set off for home. Open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, this market sells a wide selection of fresh foods. You can pick up a freshly brewed coffee and a little breakfast snack to go at some of the stalls. And if you still have a little time to spare, it’s just a short stroll from the Findorffmarkt to the Bürgerpark, which together with the neighbouring municipal forest forms Bremen's largest area of parkland. This green oasis in the heart of the city is a perfect place for a leisurely walk, as well as other outdoor activities such as rowing or mini golf.