Bremer Stadtmusikanten
© Bremer Touristikzentrale
Marktplatz, Rathaus, Dom
© Bremer Touristikzentrale

Bremen is … historical

A Hanseatic city full of history – from UNESCO World Heritage to the Bremen Town Musicians

Bremen, the cosmopolitan city on the Weser river, looks back on 1,200 years of history. Although the grand old buildings around the market square betray its roots as an ancient trading centre, Bremen has the feel of a thriving city on the up. But for the observant traveller, the city offers a journey back through the centuries, full of monuments to a distinguished history and bristling with enthralling stories. Two of Bremen's most famous landmarks are the magnificent Weser Renaissance town hall and the grand old statue of Roland on the historical market square. They have been a symbol of independence since 1404. The town hall and Roland enjoy UNESCO World Heritage protection, while Bremen Cathedral, the Schnoor (Bremen's oldest quarter) and Böttcherstrasse with its unusual red-brick architecture are all unparalleled in their historical charm. The Bremen Town Musicians from the Brothers Grimm fairytale are the emblem of the city and a ubiquitous presence, most famously in the form of a bronze statue.