All About Your Trip to Bremen:
Things to Do in Bremen in 2 Days
Find out more about one of the cutest cities in Germany: Bremen. As a local, I love my hometown and I think Bremen should be on every bucket for Germany. It has a lovely old town (probably one of the best old towns in Germany), a beautiful city center, tons of parks and greenery, and some cool hipster areas.
These are just some reasons why Bremen is not only great for a day trip from Hamburg – it deserves at least a visit of 48 hours.
If you plan to visit Bremen for the first time you´ll find all important information you need in this post.
Use this Bremen Travel Guide for your next (first trip) to this cute city.
How to get Around
Things to Do in Bremen
Best Places to Chill in Bremen
Where to Eat
Where to Sleep
Where to Shop
Bremen is maybe not the biggest city in the world but for sure one of the most charming. I don´t say that because I am from Bremen, no this is just the truth :-). Once you have visited Bremen you will agree with me – for sure.
I know, Bremen is not as trendy as Hamburg, not as cool as Berlin (find out what to do Berlin here), not as posh as Munich and not so friendly as Cologne.
However, there are tons of other reasons for visiting this awesome city. With about 500,000 inhabitants it is the 10.th biggest city in Germany and one of the 16 states in Germany – yes, that is true. Bremen is not only a city but its own state (well, together with Bremerhaven).
First of all, Bremen is an extremely cosmopolitan city and though people here don’t overdo it with friendliness, they are open-minded and totally relaxed.
Though many do not speak English perfectly, it should not be a problem to have conversations in English, and otherwise German and Turkish might be the most spoken languages.
How to Get Around in Bremen / Public Transport in Bremen
Bremen isn´t geographically very big, but the city is stretched, so it can take a while to get from Bremen-South to Bremen-North.
However, the public transport is good during the day, and a day ticket is about 8€ (not that cheap) but if you stay in close to the city center you probably might not even need a day ticket since many attractions, interesting areas are located close to each other.
Distances: Main Station – Airport: about 5km
Main Station – City Center: 1 km
Best Time to Visit Bremen
I would say the best time to visit Bremen is from May- September as winter can be cold in Germany. There are many activities to do in summer including smaller festivals.
However, since the Christmas Market in Bremen is considered one of the best in Germany, December would be perfect for those who are interested in Christmas Markets.
We are one of the few places in the world with 5 instead of 4 seasons. Each year in October/November we celebrate the “Freimarkt” – one of the biggest fairs with tons of carousels, snack stalls, and fun activities.
For these 2 weeks, Bremen is in the state of emergency (in a positive way) and it is another great time to visit.
What to See in Bremen
One of the must-see places in Bremen is the city center and if you are in the city center you will be able to visit already many sights which are located close to each other.
The heart of Bremen is for sure the Marktplatz (Market Square), where you will also find the Rathaus (Town Hall), and the Roland Statue. The Roland Statue has been standing there for more than 600 years now and is the protector of the city and is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
.Also, the Rathaus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you can book tours to see the beautiful interior. It might be one of the most beautiful city halls in Germany. I have been inside numerous times and I can guarantee you, it is worth it. Next to the Rathaus, you will find the worldwide famous
Next to the Rathaus, you will find the worldwide famous Bremer Stadtmusikanten (the Bremen Town Musicians). However, I know that some people are a little disappointed because they are a bit smaller than expected. It´s easy to overlook them.
Also, next to the Rathaus is the 1200-year-old St. Peter´s Cathedral. The entry if free and it is just 1€ fee for visiting the tower (still on my own list).
Among all buildings, the parliament stands out a bit more because of the more modern design (just opposite the Cathedral).
If you are in Bremen you must visit the Böttcherstraße which is a small district with many small shops, cafes, museums and a Glockenspiel.
There is actually a little app to download for free for further information on the buildings.
The Casino is also here, it is quite small compared to other casinos. I have not made it inside yet but if you want to visit make sure to dress fancy.
Another attraction, which I have just discovered, is the Himmelssaal (Sky Room) inside the Radisson Blu Hotel Bremen.
It is a beautiful salon where you can celebrate parties and weddings. If you book a tour (Böttcherstrasse Tour) or ask at reception you can also visit (please ask in advance if your tour covers visiting the Himmelsaal).
The Schnoor or Schnorrviertel (Schnoor Quarter) is probably one of the most fascinating districts in Bremen and visiting is one of the things you have to do even when you are in Bremen for few hours only.
As I grew up in a city with an old town I sometimes can´t understand the fascination for old towns. They are not special anymore and I got used to them. But whenever we have guests and we show them around they are always amazed.
There are cute little streets, old doors, lovely small cafes, many souvenir shops which sell lots of hand-made products. I don’t know anybody who doesn’t like that really pretty part.
As I grew up in a city with an old town I sometimes can´t understand the fascination for old towns. They are not special anymore since I got used to seeing narrow cobbled streets and tiny houses which are several hundred years old.
Well, of course, this is totally exaggerated since Bremen is not all historic and I actually grew up in a modern area but just 2 km away from the Schnoor.
However, when we have guests from other cities and we show them around they are always amazed.
Then I realize that it is not normal to have such an old town with cute little streets, old doors, lovely small cafes, many souvenir shops which sell lots of hand-made products. I don’t know anybody who didn’t like that really pretty part.
The Schnoor is also home to the smallest hotel in the world and the most famous cafe might be the Katzencafe in one of the small side streets.
After visiting the Schnoor you can either walk along the river Weser and enjoy the beautiful view, or you walk along the busy streets of the Viertel.
The Viertel Quarter
The Viertel is one of the most vibrant districts in Bremen and it is also not far from the Marktplatz.
As a kid, I was told not to go there because it is the “Redlight district” if you can even call it like this. The drug-addicts worried my parents worry but now I feel safe there.
However, this district has become extremely popular, especially among students and other open-minded people. I love the alternative lifestyle and the cafes, small restaurants, shops and that you can do whatever you want to without anybody caring.
If you walk up the Viertel (no matter if you walk it along the river or the parallel streets) you will arrive at the Weserstadion – at some point.
I would call it the heart (apart from the Marktplatz) of Bremen. It´s where our team Werder Bremen wins most of its games (unfortunately not this season) and where the big open air concerts take place.
Alte Mühle/ Old Mill
Every summer the Old Mill, the Alte Mühle, becomes a highlight for tourists when the front garden turns into a colorful flower bed. The Alte Mühle is between the city center and the main train station.
Tours and Activities to Do in Bremen in 2 Days
Do tours: Though we do not have those double-decker sightseeing buses we have sightseeing buses in Bremen which are actually not very well known, even among the inhabitants of Bremen.
I personally loved the 30 minutes mini bus tour – there are several tours available which show you different parts of Bremen (all tours here).
If you are interested in museums you can find a list of Bremen´s museum here, and I am sure we have great ones – I just do not visit many.
Are you interested in history and wine? Then do not miss out on the tour of the Ratskeller including wine tasting.
Guided tour of the Town Hall available.
Bremen by boat is another activity I can highly recommend and there are several options to choose from.
We are proud of several things and one of it is Beck´s – one of the most famous beers in Germany (or probably the world 🙂 Though I do not really drink alcohol I am also proud of that company somehow.
If you are interested to learning more about the famous beer company you could book a tour here.
For more information check out the website of Bremen Touristik or feel free to leave your questions in the comment section.
Where to Relax in Bremen
The Schlachte, a beautiful promenade in the city center is a great place to relax and enjoy a cafe/food in one of the many restaurants or just sit next to the river.
The Wallanlagen is one of the biggest and nicest parks in Bremen. Though it is very central it is hardly crowded and the little river makes a perfect place for great strolls.
Not too far from the city center, you´ll find another beautiful park called Bürgerpark.
I used to spend there many Sundays when I was a kid and still love it though I hardly visit these days. It has a big playground for kids, you can rent a boat and paddle, play mini golf, visit the little “zoo“. You can have a drink in one of the few restaurants or just lay down and enjoy the sun.
You might not believe it but Bremen has a beach. Well, Cafe Sand is small but still nice with a big cafe and close to the Weserstadion and you can swim in that water (though, I would not do it). It is a busy place in summer.
The area around the Weserstadion is also a great place to relax – and it proves how green Bremen is.
I also spent, just recently, a beautiful evening at Botanica – a beautiful green park with a cafe and a Rhododendronpark.
Where to Sleep in Bremen
Though Bremen´s public transport is not bad I definitely recommend staying close to the city center. I would recommend the Radisson Blu (full review here), a beautiful 4* hotel located in the city center.
Where to Eat in Bremen
Bremen has many restaurants and there is something for every taste and for every budget.
My favorite restaurant (for more than 15 years) is El Mundo. They have changed location a few years ago, and are now located in Überseestadt. It is the biggest restaurant in Bremen (about 700 seats) and they have delicious food. They offer good vegetarian and vegan food as well, and decent portions. Tip: be there before 7 pm otherwise you might have to wait until you find a seat.
Radisson Blu Bremen (The L.O.B.B.Y Restaurant) offers great All You Can Eat buffets on Tuesday (with changing topics every month), it is ideally located in the city center and the atmosphere is for Bremen standard quite sophisticated. For vegans maybe not the best choice though but there is enough for vegetarians. My favorite is their breakfast, though. For only 18€ you´ll get a great variety of foods and beverages (including fresh juices, where else do you get unlimited fresh juice in Bremen?)
Schlachte, a promenade in the city center, is especially in summer an extremely popular place. There are many restaurants and beer gardens. In summer, if you are lucky to get a nice spot where you can overlook the water. It is definitely the place to be seen and I love the, almost, Mediterranean flair in summer.
Ratskeller is Bremen´s best-known restaurant and located on the Market Square. It´s Bremen´s fine dining address and it has a very special charm.
Dean & David (curries and sandwiches) and Yallah Yallah (Oriental Food) are two of my favorite delis which are in the city center and also offer takeaway food. Delicious, fresh, fast and healthy with a good choice of vegetarian and vegan dishes. Yallah Yallah also has the best sweet potato fries in town.
The best French Fries are definitely to be found at CTK´s in the Obernstraße (takeaway only).
The Viertel also has many nice restaurants and is definitely a great place to dine (from fancy to fast food you´ll get everything there). Die Gemüseküche (mostly vegan) is there as well as tons of other international delis/restaurants.
The most beautiful cafe is now in the city center (Sögestraße) and is called Creamlovers. It has just opened and has a lot of desserts and sweets and a cute interior design.
Where to Shop in Bremen
The Obernstraße in the city center is the main shopping street with most prominent shops (mainly chains) and some cafes and restaurants. But it is not only this street, there are also several side streets worth checking out and some smaller shopping malls (e.g. Katharinenpassage).
Malls in Bremen
Waterfront has become a well-visited mall and is located about 15 minutes away from the city center (by tram). It is especially popular among teenagers, as it is home to Primark. However, I am not a fan of it and if I visit a mall I prefer Weserpark. It is a bit further away (30-40 minutes from the city center) but has much more shops, more charm and allows you to bring your dogs as well.
I have always been a fan of Zero Fashion and I get some of my clothes from the big outlet in Bremen-Habenhausen (it is a fashion brand from Bremen) and you can get really, really good deals, though it is mainly basic pieces I get from there.
There are some more outlets just next to the border of Bremen (Stuhr Brinkum) and there you will find Nike, Puma, Tommy Hilfiger and many more outlets which might be worth to visit.
Bremen Guide: Things to Do in Bremen in 2 Days
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