Bremen Travel Guide
Bremen is the smallest state in Germany, situated in the northwestern part of the country. It consists of two parts, Bremen City and Bremerhaven, both on the River Weser. Bremen City is the one with the tourist appeal, best known as the home of Beck's, the popular German beer, and of The Town Musicians of Bremen, a famous bronze sculpture by Gerhard Marcks, depicting a donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster standing on each other's backs, recounting a folktale reprised by the Brothers Grimm in their fairy tale of the same name.
Bremen City is situated approximately 37 miles (60 kilometers) south of Bremerhaven, which is right at the mouth of the Weser on the North Sea. From Hamburg, Bremen is 59 miles (95 km) to the southwest, and from Hannover, 61 miles (98 km) northwest.
Bremen, the city, is actually best described as a mix of old and new, where atmospheric old neighborhoods filled with historic buildings form the core, while newer manifestations farther afield, in the form of high-tech sites, draw a much younger, wired crowd. Principal draws here are the colorful, 15th-century Schnoor neighborhood, the more recent open-air Focke-Museum, the futuristic science center Universum Bremen, the 110-meter (330-foot) pedestrian Böttcherstraße, and, the biggest attraction of all, Bremen's Marktplatz. This last, the Marktplatz, has on it a lovely, 15th-century Gothic town hall, the famous Marcks bronze The Town Musicians of Bremen, the 5.5-meter-high Bremen Roland which is the tallest Roland statue in Germany, the 11th-century St. Petri Dom, and the Ratskeller with its 600-year-old vaults and wine vats, where you can buy German wines sourced from more than 650 estates.
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