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Legends and monuments in Bremen

Bremen is a city of fables and fairytales, best known for the famous Bremen Town Musicians. But they aren't the only legendary locals.

Quelle: WFB Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH / Ingo Wagner

We have put together a selection of Bremen legends for you. Besides the famous Bremen Town Musicians, there's also the seven lazy brothers, the original Heini Holtenbeen and the infamous poisoner Gesche Gottfried, who still leads people to spit on an inconspicuous stone by the cathedral to this day.

Bremen Town Musicians

To the west of the town hall stands the most famous representation of the Bremen Town Musicians, the bronze sculpture created in 1951 by the artist Gerhard Marcks.
There once was a man who had a donkey which had carried his sacks to the mill unflaggingly for many long years but was now getting old and weak so that he was becoming more and more unfit for work. The donkey's master was considering whether to stop feeding him but the donkey noticed that there was an ill wind blowing and ran away, setting off for Bremen where he thought he could become a town musician. And so the story begins...continue reading.

Quelle: bremen.online GmbH / Dennis Siegel

Hole of Bremen

The Hole of Bremen is an underground collection box. When a coin is added, you hear one of the Bremen Town Musicians thanking you: the sounds of a crowing cock, a cat's miaow, a barking dog and the loud hee-haw of a donkey can be heard to emanate from the pavement right in front of the State Parliament on the market squar. The money goes to the Wilhelm Kaisen charity.

Quelle: WFB-SIS

Heini Holtenbeen

The statue of one of Bremen's most eccentric characters in the peaceful Schnoor quarter. Strictly speaking, Heini Holtenbeen is not actually fictional. But this local character certainly became a legend in his own lifetime. Today, a bronze sculpture commemorates this Bremen character. Just around the corner from the statue, at the House of History in the Schnoor quarter, you can hear Heini Holtenbeen's anecdotes told by the man himself.

Quelle: bremen.online GmbH/MDR

The man with the big round nose

In addition to the bronze sofa with the pug dog in front of the Radio Bremen building, there is a second tribute to Vicco von Bülow, aka 'Loriot', in Bremen – on Loriotplatz square, near Wallanlagen Park. Weighing in at 200 kilogrammes, the figure famous for his big round nose sits on a bench, his head resting on one hand, legs crossed and dressed in pinstripe trousers. Take a seat next to this gentleman, who appears in many of Loriot's publications, and join Bremen in remembering the comedian who completed much of his work in this city.

Quelle: bremen.online / SIS

The Loriot Sofa

A bronze replica of the Loriot sofa, well-known in Germany from the Loriot television series, commemorates the successful collaboration between comic Vicco von Bülow, aka 'Loriot', and broadcaster Radio Bremen.

Quelle: bremen.online GmbH/JUA

Seven Lazy Brothers fountain

The Fountain of the Seven Lazy Brothers by Bernhard Hoetger is based on a local legend. They were the sons of a Bremen farmer and not exactly renowned as hard workers.

Quelle: bremen.online / KBU

Spitting stone

This stone was set into the pavement of Domshof square to mark the spot where Gesche Gottfried was executed. The spitting stone allows locals to convey their disgust for the notorious poisoner to this day.

Quelle: bremen.online GmbH / MDR

Discover the history in one of Bremens Museums

Haus Riensberg

Bremen's memory

For over 100 years, the Focke Museum has collected and preserved unique objects from Bremen’s history.

Quelle: Focke-Museum, Martin Luther

Zwei Darsteller stehen in ihren Kostümen vor dem Geschichtenhaus im Schnoor.


Quelle: WFB - LS

Ein Frau blickt auf die Auslage in einem Schaufenster.

Souvenir Shopping

Would you like to take a piece of Bremen home with you? Or surprise your loved-ones with a little something from the Hanse city? Here are some tips for where you can find souvenirs that typify Bremen.

Quelle: Katharina Bünn

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