Bremen's culture landscape – something for everyone 

As the saying goes, first work, then pleasure. And that's where Bremen's cultural landscape has something to offer for every taste. Annual festivals, concerts, comedy shows, theatre performances and plenty of creative talents guarantee an ever-changing scene. Exhibitions in the city's renowned museums and galleries tempt you to visit. In the city's contrasting neighbourhoods, you'll find an exciting mix of urban living and tourist attractions, from quaint cultural bars in the multi-cultural hipster quarter to traditional maritime pubs in the north of the city. The Überseestadt (New Harbour District) is where you'll see a harbour landscape with a modern twist. The Schnoor district is where Bremen's history comes to life and where you'll find a cornucopia of gastronomic delights.

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Bremens Treasures

Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten mit dem Marktplatz im Hintergrund.

The Town Musicians of Bremen – the donkey, the dog, the cat and the rooster – are probably the city's best known ambassadors and are famous far beyond the frontier's of Europe. You'll run into the four of them at various locations in the Old Town, but the most famous statue is right on the west side of Bremen's Town Hall.

Frontansicht des Bremer Rathauses

Their closest neighbours – the pride of Bremen – are the Town Hall and Roland statue group, awarded the status of a UNESCO cultural monument on the world heritage site list in 2014. The duo stand on the North Eastern side of Bremen's market place, known locally as the city's "front parlour".

Blick in die Schatzkammer des Bremer Ratskellers.

The Bremen Ratskeller are the magnificent vaults under our 600 year-old Town Hall. The cellars safeguard Germany's largest collection of more than 650 German wines! You can enjoy the gastronomic delights on offer in an atmosphere of tradition and conviviality, in rooms ranging from the intimate Priölken for up to 4 people to large-scale parties of up to 600 guests. An absolute "must" for visitors and locals alike is to attend the wine tastings held here. 

Böttcherstraße

You walk straight out of the marketplace into the stylishly elegant world of Expressionism. Don't leave the city without visiting the Böttcherstraße, designed by Ludwig Roselius in the early 20th century. You'll be greeted by a synthesis of traditional and Expressionist brick-built architecture, museums and specialist manufacturing companies with the chance to purchase eclectic souvenirs of our Hanseatic city. 

Häuser im Schnoorviertel

The little houses, dating back to the 15th century, in the Schnoor district sit together like beads on a string, hence the name of this picturesque part of Bremen ("Schnoor" means "string" or "cord"). Take your time and enjoy strolling around this oldest of our city districts. Romantic cafés sit alongside rustic pubs, excellent restaurants and sophisticated works of art, all against a backdrop of historic nooks and winding alleyways that make this neighbourhood a photographer's paradise.   

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Worlds of science and discovery

Bremen Live it! is the city's tourism motto and for good reason! Bremen has an enormous variety of things to offer in this respect: The city's worlds of science and discovery are constantly finding new ways of astounding their visitors. There's an almost infinite number of opportunities for discovering and learning about the things, large and small, that connect history, research and science and trying out new and entertaining ways in which to understand them better. These worlds of discovery are also the ideal setting for staging a truly unique meeting or event, large or small, either during the day or in the evening.

Universum Bremen bei Nacht, lila angeleuchtet.

At Universum® Bremen, the focus is on technology, human beings and nature and how the world of science can be experienced and discovered. You can experience natural phenomena at first hand on more than 300 exhibits, many of which are also interactive. A special highlight: dine in the dark or attend an exclusive science show!

Botanika Pflanzenwelt von oben.

In the botanika nature experience centre, you can marvel at the landscapes of the Far East, the colours of myriad flowers and plants with phenomenal abilities. 

A special highlight: Attend a tea ceremony or hold a champagne reception in the Japanese garden, or arrange a get-together in the tropical greenhouses.  

Mann erzählt im Geschichtenhaus Schnoor.

Visit the Bremer Geschichtenhaus (Bremen's history house) and travel back in time through three centuries. That is where history comes to life, and where the stories of Bremen's most famous personalities are recounted with authenticity and enthusiasm. 

Bunker Valentin bewachsen vor einem See

The history surrounding the Denkort Bunker Valentin, the ruins of a German naval submarine pen from the Second World War is sure to leave a lasting impression. The circular tour, exhibition and information centre provide comprehensive multi-media information. 

Frontansicht Überseemuseum mit Rasenfläche und blauem Himmel.

Oceans, Asia, Africa – globetrotters big and small can experience the fascination for far-off continents at first hand in the Übersee-Museum. 1.2 million exhibits covering a floor area of 9,000 m² are waiting to be discovered. Our special tip: Events in the DIORAMA, with its ever-changing 360 degree panorama on the walls. 

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From high culture to sub-culture 

Bremen is a city with a vibrant multi-faceted cultural life. Alongside the world-class exhibitions in its art museums and cultural institutions, it has a myriad of creative people whose talents bring life and colour to the cultural scene – from a world famous concert hall to pubs with live music. Which cultural scene fascinates and inspires you?

Außenansicht Kunsthalle von vorne umrahmt von grünen Bäumen

The fame of the Kunsthalle Bremen (art museum) extends far beyond the city limits and it regularly hits the headlines with its special exhibitions. However, its permanent collection of works by artists ranging from Dürer, Monet and Picasso to Turrell is no less impressive and showcases more than 700 years of art history under one roof. 

Fassade der Weserburg

Originally Europe's first collector's museum for contemporary art, today's Weserburg museum of modern art opened up its rooms in the brick-built warehouses on the Teerhofinsel in 1991. It is now one of the largest museums of modern art in Germany.

Menschen im Innenraum des Paula Modersohn Becker Museums

Sitting at the heart of the unique architecture of the Böttcherstraße, the Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum was the very first museum in the world to be dedicated to the work of a female artist.   

Gerhard Marcks Haus beleuchtet

Further along what is known as the "art mile", you'll find the Gerhard-Marcks-Haus, a museum of modern and contemporary sculpture. Immediately opposite, you'll see the Wilhelm Wagenfeld Haus, which is dedicated to all aspects of innovation and design.  

Belebte Sielwallkreuzung im Sonnenuntergang.

The "Viertel district" is the name locals give to the Ostertor and Steintor neighbourhoods. This area is known, among other things, for its pubs, restaurants and promenade which is home to a multitude of shops, specialist retailers and exclusive boutiques.

Wohnen in der Neustadt

The Neustadt district of Bremen lies on the left bank of the River Weser. This part of town is characterised by residential streets with old-Bremen town houses and lively shopping streets. The inhabitants of this neighbourhood appreciate both the vibrant cultural diversity and the quieter corners around the Werdersee lake. 

Weserufer der Überseestadt bei Sonnenuntergang

Where ships once docked and cargo was loaded, the Überseestadt (New Harbour district) is now part of Bremen’s urban landscape. A steady decline in maritime trade has resulted in the emergence of a vibrant and innovative new district here in recent years.  

Alte Schiffe im Museumshafen Vegesack.

In the north of Bremen, where the River Lesum flows into the Weser, you'll find the Vegesack district. Formerly known as a fishing village, you can still find traces of this neighbourhood's past. The maritime monuments, park and historic ships are some of the features that attract people to the "Maritime Mile" along the Weser Promenade, where they find ample space to stroll and take in the magnificent views across the River Weser.