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Bremen: Guided Tour of City Center

1. Bremen: Guided Tour of City Center

Wander through the market square, the heart of Bremen and one of the prettiest squares in Germany. Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage listed town hall and the stone statue of Roland. Study the sculpture of the Bremen Town Musicians, made famous in a Brothers Grimm fairytale. Discover Böttcherstraße, a pedestrian alleyway bursting with tradition where the böttcher (coopers) used to make their barrels. Leading from the market square down to the Weser river, the most famous street in Bremen is an attraction in itself with historical red-brick buildings interspersed with modern Expressionist architecture. Take in the picturesque Schnoor quarter, the oldest part of Bremen. Wander through its rambling lanes, where fishermen, artisans and sailors once lived. Explore the cafés, taverns, top-notch restaurants and handicraft stores that now line the streets.

Bremen City Bus Tour

2. Bremen City Bus Tour

Learn about Bremen and hear the highlights of its 1,200 years of history on an informative 1.5-hour tour. Explore the past and the present of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen from the comfort of a luxury tour bus. Hear many fascinating stories from the guide along the way. This tour is a convenient way to see the city’s landmarks and monuments, and is informative and entertaining. See the statue of Roland, facing the cathedral in Market Square, and find out how old Roland is. Learn what the Bremen flag is called. Marvel at the 146-meter-high Fallturm drop tower at the University of Bremen.

Bremen: Old Town 2-Hour Tour with Costumed Performer

3. Bremen: Old Town 2-Hour Tour with Costumed Performer

Immerse yourself in the history and present day of the second oldest city republic in the world and meet eccentric originals and off-kilter oddballs. Discover Bremen and its inhabitants on this staged tour of the old town. Bremen makes a puzzling impression with a vanished river and a secret main street yet at the same time presents itself as a cosmopolitan city in tune with the times. On this tour, discover what Rockefeller has to do with the Bremen Cathedral, whether Roland squints, and why Bremen is both rich and poor at the same time. On this special tour you explore the town hall, Böttcherstraße, the Schlachte, and Schnoor with a performer as your guide, who will bring imaginary and real stories to life and create an emotional approach to themes and stories. Explore Bremen from Marktplatz to the documentation center Ostertorwache, formerly the most modern prison in Germany.

BremenCARD

4. BremenCARD

Get the keys to the city of Bremen with a 1, 2 or 3-day BremenCARD. The ticket will allow you to explore the city at your own pace, without the worry of having to pay extra every time you use the buses, trams and regional trains. All local public transport in Bremen and Bremen-Nord is free of charge. The pass is available as an individual card or a two-person card.

Bremen: Walking Tour of Historic Schnoor District

5. Bremen: Walking Tour of Historic Schnoor District

Enjoy a relaxing shared or private walking tour through Bremen's historical Schnoor neighborhood. The first-known written reference to Schnoor dates back to the 13th century. At this time, a Franciscan monastery was built on the edge of what is now the Schnoor district. Today, only the monastery church remains. The present Catholic St. John's Church was built in the 14th century, in a redbrick Gothic style. Many houses from the 17th and 18th centuries are still preserved in their original state, giving a romantic feeling of life during earlier times. During the walking tour, see some of the oldest remaining profane buildings, such as "Haus Schnoor 15," also known as "Brasilhaus," and "Packhaus Schnoor 2," dating back to the 15th century. Take a look at some of these houses, recreated according to historical specifications. Admire the half-timbered house with the tea room or the buildings that now consist only of facades, which once stood elsewhere. Immerse yourself in the impressive architecture of classicism and historicism, Baroque and Renaissance, as you learn all about Schnoor and its inhabitants.

Bremen: Public Tour of the Town Hall in English

6. Bremen: Public Tour of the Town Hall in English

Visit the highlight of Bremen's Marktplatz, the Bremen Town Hall. Enjoy an included entry ticket and guided tour of a building that has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2004. After entering the town hall, explore the Bremen Town Hall's 600-year history on a guided tour. Admire the impressive Upper Town Hall and the Roland Statue, and take a look inside the splendid Golden Chamber.

Bremen: Escape Tour - Self Guided Citygame

7. Bremen: Escape Tour - Self Guided Citygame

Follow in the footsteps of dock worker Henri Hoffman. After a dispute with his business partner about a missing shipment of cocaine got out of hand, he has to flee. And fast too! Will you help him finding the secret exit? Choose your starting time with your teammates, beginning at anytime day or night. Make your way across the city, checking off tasks to find all the clues you need to reach the secret passage. As you search for clues, marvel at the beautiful sights of the town. Walk past the Marcusbrunnen and the Town Hall, wander through the lovely streets and keep an eye out for the many historic buildings in the city center. Work quickly, and you and your team could set the record for the fastest tour. Good luck!

Bremen: Übersee Museum Entrance Ticket

8. Bremen: Übersee Museum Entrance Ticket

Explore the Übersee-Museum in Bremen with this entry ticket. Discover modern exhibitions which combine the topics of peoples, trade, and nature into a unified experience. Dive into the fascinating underwater world of Oceania, with its paradisiacal islands. Explore a coral reef, without getting your feet wet or discover an Asian rainforest by night. Get to know the pulsating mega cities or engage with the spiritual and traditional.  Explore the cradle of mankind or ancient Egypt in Africa with masterful animal dioramas and staging that lets you experience the unique natural landscapes of the continent. Head to the America zone to find out about the life of the indigenous population in North and Latin America or marvel at the Pre-Columbian golden treasure. During your tour, various stations invite you to to stay, relax, or try things out.  See presentations on Current topics such as “migration” or “climate change” in the “What makes the world go round” exhibition. Visit the “Übermaxx” exhibit to uncover treasures from all over the world 

Bremen: In the Steps of the Bremen Town Musicians

9. Bremen: In the Steps of the Bremen Town Musicians

Discover the old town of Bremen and see the highlights of the city around the marketplace. Follow the footsteps of the Bremen Town Musicians and admire the Bremen Cathedral. Begin at the sculpture of the Town Musicians by Gerhard Marcks and learn all about the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. See the imposing Rathaus and the Haus der Bürgerschaft, where the local government works daily. Admire the Bremen Cathedral, a romantic church built of sandstone and brick in the 11th century. In the late 19th century, it was renovated in its original style with 2 towers in the west and a neoromantic crossing tower. The cathedral has been under a historic preservation order since 1973.

Welcome to Bremen: Private Tour with a Local

10. Welcome to Bremen: Private Tour with a Local

Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Bremen from a local host eager to share all the tips to help you make the most of your stay. Meet at your hotel or accommodation and get familiar with the neighborhood. Learn insider tips, such as the best places to eat, buy groceries and the easiest ways to get around. Alternatively, arrange to meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Hear about the top things to do, customized to your interests. By the end, you will feel more comfortable navigating the city with all the information you need.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 395 reviews

Piere, our guide, spoke excellent English and told us many interesting facts and anecdotes. It was one of the hottest days but he went at an easy pace and thougtfully stopped in the shade at all of the points of interest. He also got us back to the Glockenspielhaus just as it was time for the bells to chime and the picture tower to turn. The tour then continued and finished in the Schnoor district, just perfect for Kaffee and Kuchen. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and now know a lot more about Bremen than we did before.

We had a great guide who took us past the main attractions around the central square area. At each stop he was able to give great information about history, culture, current events, architecture, etc. and confidently answer questions. In addition to giving all the standard information, our guide was full of little side stories and anecdotes from his own experiences or from the history books that really made the tour more engaging. With limited time in Bremen, this tour was a great way to be introduced to the city.

Our guide was very knowledgeable and kept us entertained, If you have a limited knowledge of Bremen like we did this is a must

We’ll worth the Visit- very informative and interesting

Great tour of the city with a knowledgeable guide!