Visitors taking a tour of the most notable sights in Bremen do not even need a map; 2,000 brass and steel studs guide them from Liebfrauenkirchhof to Böttcherstrasse via the market square and the Schnoor quarter.
Bremen’s 600-year-old town hall became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004. The UNESCO report described it as an “outstanding example of the Weser Renaissance architectural style in northern Germany.” In the Upper Hall, the most magnificent ceremonial venue in Bremen, model ships hanging from the ceiling bear witness to the importance of commerce and maritime trade.
St. Peter’s Cathedral reaches a height of 99 meters. It is an unwritten rule that no structure in Bremen can be taller than the cathedral.
Pretty half-timbered houses dating back more than 500 years line the narrow lanes of the Schnoor Quarter – visitors can browse for handicrafts and handmade gold, or call in at the House of History.
The Ratskeller, where people have enjoyed fine wine and good food since 1409, has the world’s largest selection of German wines.
Bremerhaven welcomes visiting cruise ships at the Columbus Cruise Center, the very spot from which more than 8 million emigrants left Europe for the New World, from the early 19th century onwards. Visitors can learn their story at the German Emigration Center or explore Bremen’s wider seafaring tradition on the Maritime Mile, where Germany’s first man-made harbor was built 400 years ago and the country’s last fully rigged ship afloat is anchored.