Personalized Guided Walking Tour of Bremen
- Private tour: Get individualized attention on this walking tour from your friendly, knowledgeable guide. You can even add in your own Bremen attraction choices.
- Statues and sculptures: The 700-year-old Roland statue honors Charlemagne's famous warrior. The bronze Bremen Town Musicians sculpture captures the fairy tale.
- Market square: This town square has been charming people since the Middle Ages. Pay particular attention to Bremen Town Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Bremen culture: To truly appreciate a city you have to appreciate its culture. See Schnoor Quarter, Bremen's oldest neighborhood, by the Weser River or check out Bottcherstrasse, an alleyway turned into a huge work of art.
About this Bremen Tour
Bremen has always been a city ahead of its time. It was a Hanseatic city both in the Middle Ages and now. As a trading guild partner, it had commercial and defensive alliances with other European city-states. Think NATO plus NAFTA. These days, Bremen has an interesting mix of high-tech businesses, along with working class and artistic people. Get ready to revel in its diversity.
Your day will start in Bremen's stunning market square, where the city's still-operating Town Hall is the top attraction. It was built 700 years ago, with a Weser Renaissance facade added in the 1600s. Notice the model ships hanging from the ceiling in the Upper Hall to symbolize the importance of Bremen's commerce. The ships' miniature cannons even work.
Outside Town Hall sits the stone statue of Roland, paladin for Charlemagne. He symbolizes liberty and freedom for Bremen, and stands guard with sword unsheathed. Legend has it that as long as he oversees the city, it will always remain free. Another statue to look for is of the Bremen Town Musicians. Artist Gerhard Marcks created the bronze sculpture of the fairy tale donkey, dog, cat, and rooster in 1951.
Bottcherstrasse, the street connecting the square with the Weser River, was once where barrel makers worked. Last century, it became a massive work of art thanks to the vision of Ludwig Roselius, the coffee mogul who invented decaffeinated coffee. Multiple buildings reflecting great architectural styles contributed to the artistic vision. The nearby Schnoor quarter is the city's oldest part, but thanks to art and eateries, it's still vibrant. Come enjoy this fascinating city that's both ahead of and very much in step with the times.
A not-so-Grimm fairy tale
The Town Musicians of Bremen statue is from a famous Brothers Grimm tale. In the story, a donkey, dog, cat, and rooster are all mistreated by their human owners because they have gotten old. The four animals separately decide to leave home and become town musicians in Bremen. They team up to go there and foil robbers' schemes on the way. Ironically, while there is a happy ending for the furry friends, they never make it to Bremen. Thankfully, the statue kinda makes up for that.
Please make your own way to Market square. Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign.
Bring small local coins for the bathroom. Take a rain coat and/or umbrella in case of rain. Don't miss out on tasting the original Bremer "Kluten" (peppermint fondant with chocolate - sweet). Bremen is famous for its local shops but you can also find a lot of global brands (shopping is possible before/after tour and not during the tour).
Travelers must be able to walk approximately 1.2 miles (roughly 2 hours) over paved surfaces, steps and inclines with several photo stops along the route.
Cultural, Family Friendly, Walking Tour, Cultural, Private Tour
English, French, Italian, Spanish, German
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for travelers 6 years of age and older.
Special Medical Restriction
We can accommodate you if your mobility is limited and you use a folding wheelchair with at least 7 days advanced notice, providing you are not travelling solo and have someone along to assist you. Not all venues may be accessible.
Participants must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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