Sights in Bremen
The Bremen Ratskeller is
on the market square. It is one of the oldest wine cellars in Germany
and also has one of the most extensive wine lists in the country. Just
around the corner from the historical town hall, a UNESCO World
Heritage Site, one can see the sculpture, The Town Musicians of Bremen.
Roland, the giant standing in the middle of the market square, is a
symbol of the freedom and independence of the old Hanseatic city.
The largest Roland statue
Germany stands 5.55 metres tall on Bremen's market square and
symbolises the autonomy of the city, which has the right to hold
markets and have its own jurisdiction. Erected in 1404, Bremen's
"Statue of Liberty", together with the town hall, was added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage
Sites in 2004. After some restoration works, the head of
the statue was replaced with a copy. Today, the original head can be
viewed in the Focke Museum.
The town hall was built
and 1410, and 200 years later it received a
new façade in the Weser-Renaissance style, which it still displays to
It is the only remaining town hall from the late
Middle Ages in Europe, so it was never destroyed. It now belongs to the
list of UNESCO World
Heritage Sites be- cause it remains in its original
condition and has never been altered.
oldest wine cellar in Germany can look back on over 600 years of
tradition. Top off your visit to Bremen with a plea- sant glass of
wine. There is a selection of around 650 varieties of German wine to
choose from. Or discover the storerooms on a tour of the cellar. In the
former senate room, where guests of honour were once received, you can
enjoy the cuisine of the Michelin-star restaurant, "L'Orchidée".
Musicians of Bremen
bronze sculpture, The Town Musicians of Bremen, stands at the western
side of the town hall. The origins of this fairy tale, which was
written by the Brothers Grimm in the early 19th century, lie as far
back as the Middle Ages. The crux of every version of the plot is that
the weaker members of a society successfully prevail over the strong by
acting in solidarity.
Protestant/Lutheran church with a history spanning more than 1,200
years is the oldest in the city. Still today it is a landmark in the
city´s skyline. A platform 86 m high offers views on the marketplace
and across Bremen.