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Bremen’s Fifth Season!

Quelle: WFB / Jens Lehmkühler

Every October, Bremen adds an additional season to the well-known four, a fifth season: the Freimarkt! For 17 days "Ischa Freimaak" takes over the Bürgerweide and the city centre. With a giant Ferris Wheel, games, rides, haunted house, ponies, roasted almonds, or a sociable evening in a beer-tent – the Freimarkt surely has something for everyone.

When and where

987th Freimarkt 2023
from 13th October to 29th October 2022

Cheeky and cheery, whirling and wild, free-wheeling yet homey

The biggest carnival of the north attracts as many as four million happy customers every year. Over 300 carneys arrive every October with their booths, stands, and rides to ensure the fair stays rich in tradition - and rich in fun! There’s plenty to explore on the fairgrounds of the Bürgerweide as well as at the "Kleinen Freimarkt" (little Freimarkt) in the city centre.

Over 50 different rides appease all tastes and courage levels. Delicious candied apples, lardy cakes, gingerbread hearts, and other culinary delights provide for the ultimate carnival experience.

Ein Kettenkarussell auf dem Freimarkt

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Smells and Lights are attracting

The Freimarkt has been drawing huge crowds for years now, as the film from the 1960s from the Landesfilmarchiv shows. But Bremen’s fifth season is much older than that – almost 1,000 years old. The first Freimarkt was held in 1035 – making it one of Germany’s oldest fairs. Initially, the Freimarkt was held in Bremen’s historic market square and was a trading market, where farmers, handcraftsmen and tradesmen offered their wares. At today’s Freimarkt you can visit the "Marktdöflein" (little village market) where smithies, masons, and jesters demonstrate what once could be found at the Freimarkt.

Beleuchtete Buden und Fahrgeschäfte auf dem abendlichen Bremer Freimarkt, darüber ein Feuerwerk

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