Northern Germany. The Hanseatic City of Bremen offers a lot of stuff to do! Sun or rain, cloudy or damp, hail or snow, don’t be afraid to go out – otherwise, it’s likely you’d lie in your bed for ever. I wrote these 10 free things to do in Bremen, Germany, so you know what to do when you’re on a budget. You’ll be astonished by the beauty of this town!
1. The Marktplatz
Surely the main hotspot of the city. The Roland statue, which I like to nickname ‘Playmobil‘ (you can easily understand why when you are standing in front of him), dominates the square. Few meters away, the Rathaus and the statue of the Bremer Stadtmusikanten. There is also the gate to Boettcherstrasse, a cute alley where you can find many shops and eateries, above all the Bremer bonbon Manufaktur. Close to the Marktplatz you’ll Bremer Ratskeller: it worth a meal just for the wine-cellar location. A must-be for who visits the city even just for an afternoon sightseeing, so I had to include it in the 10 free things to do in Bremen!
2. The Burgerpark
Literally the ‘park of citizens’, the Burgerpark is an amazing place where to rest and have a walk. Many activities are running inside the park. There is a farm plenty of animals, some bars and restaurants, several playgrounds; you can rent a canoe or a boat and row through the canals, or you can enjoy a cold beer at the Biergarten Haus am Walde, at the NE corner of the park.
The Park Hotel in the Burgerpark
3. On the way to the lake!
Although the North Sea is still far away, they managed to create a place where to enjoy the rare sunny days. Many lakes (See in German) get plenty of people during summertime. The most frequented is the Werdersee (see where it is here), where you can freely barbecue, play frisbee and amuse yourself. Another one is the Unisee (aka Stadtwaldsee), close to the University campus. A less popular one is the Waller Feldmarksee in the Walle neighborhood. All of them worth a visit and a half-day of relax, weather permitting!
Biking around the lake
Worpswede is an artist colony where today you can still find many artists working and ateliers. From the second half of the XVIII century, this colony was considered one of the last pristine place in Germany where to enjoy still untouched nature. It is now a pretty touristic place, but it is well worth a visit! Public transportation is available but my suggestion is to take the bike and ride there, especially if the wheather is good. Bremen is the bike-friendliest city I’ve ever been and that’s one reason I love it! Bike paths are available all along the track. It’s 25 km from the city center, but the landscapes you’ll see on the way will make you hopefully appreciate my advice!
If you are like me a fleamarket lover, in Bremen you can’t miss this two Flohmarkt. On Saturday morning (h. 7.00 – 15.00) you can find stalls and hawkers along the Weser river. I find the location amazing! The biggest one is held every Sunday: from April to October at the Burgerweide, from October to April at the Hansa Carré. Here you can find many stalls, and a variety of items: from vinyl to retrogames, from pottery to clothes, from Lego (apparently Germans get mad with those bricks) to books. Kiosks, a coffee-bike, and an ice cream wagon will tempt you for a sweet morning break.
Old cameras on a stall, Burgerweide Flohmarkt
Viertel is probably the most known neighborhood in Bremen, at least by students and teenagers. Hub of the nightlife, with great pubs (Litfass, the Lagerhaus, Fehrfeld), clubs (Lila Eule), and eateries (try Arabic if you want a tasty ‘rollo’ or the burrito shop few meters ahead). Most of them are Raucherkneipe, so smoking inside is allowed. There is also a red light street – remember that women are not allowed! Furthermore, if you are on a budget, you can buy drinks at the kiosks or at the supermarkets (Rewe is open until 23.00). this is definitely the place to go if you want some fun and I couldn’t forget this is in the 10 free things to do in Bremen!
This awesome music festival takes place every year the third week of July. It draws people from all Northern Germany and further. And it is completely free! You don’t have to pay for any concert or exhibition; on the other hand, food and drinks are quite expensive, but you can bring your own. Five days of music and events along the river! If you want to be updated, follow the Breminale Facebook page clicking here or their website.
8. Rhododendron Park
The Rhododendron Park is a bit out of the city’s traffic jam, still, you can head there by bike or public transport. This beautiful park blossoms in late April – beginning of May and it’s awesome! A car park is available as well as a coffee shop. Don’t miss this spot if you happen to be in Bremen in spring.
Blossoming in Rhododendron Park
Schnoor is the oldest neighborhood of Bremen and although it has been partly refurbished over the years, you can still feel a middle-age atmosphere. It can be accessed by the riverside as well as by the city center. Many souvenir shops, ateliers and several bars and restaurants are present in this tiny, cute part of the city. Get lost in its alleyways! It’s not unusual to encounter street artists singing and playing.
It takes place every Saturday morning in Findorff, one of the most beautiful districts in Bremen! Not just because I was living there. Here you can find typical products, freshly hand made pasta, freshly baked bread, fruit, vegetables, the famous Kartoffelpufferwith apple sauce, a florist and much more. After that, go to the Burgerpark for a walk – that’s what citizens use to do.
What can I add to these 10 free things to do in Bremen? Put your favorite in the comments!
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