Open and still traditional, big and still modest – that’s Bremen. Long-standing trade relations with countries from all over the world, seafaring and merchants have characterised Bremen, and the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen still is an important economic centre today. The port, shipbuilding and car and aerospace industries still play an important role.
The exact location
The Vienna House Easy Bremen is located centrally between Bremen main station and the old-town, not far from the city’s fairgrounds. This makes it an ideal starting point for exploring the colourful city of Bremen, enjoying the spirit of the big wide world.
The heart of Bremen
Bremen’s beautiful townhall and that statue of Bremen Roland on the market place are both UNESCO world heritage sites. If you turn left at the townhall, you’ll find an almost inconspicuous sculpture of the probably best known animal quartet, the Town Musicians of Bremen, in the shadows of the Hansepracht and the Church of Our Lady. If your wish will really be fulfilled when you touch the donkey’s front legs, remains to be seen, but it’s definitely a good place to take a nice selfie with this animal foursome.
Moin, moin – Bremensien (typical things from Bremen) and traditions
Traditions and customs considered very important in the Hanseatic City. The Bremer Freimarkt, the biggest funfair in the North, is one of these traditions. The custom of Treppenfegen (sweeping stairs) for the gentlemen and the custom of Klinkenputzen (cleaning door handles) for the ladies who are still not married at the age of 30, has its origin on the stairs of Bremen’s Cathedral. Close to the cathedral, you may also witness pedestrians spitting on the same spot on the floor. That’s the Spuckstein (spit stone) that recalls the execution of Gesche Gottfried, a murderer who had poisoned 15 people in the 18th century.
Window-shopping in Bremen
Böttcherstrasse connects the market place and the river Weser and is an architectonic master piece. You’ll also find some fine shops there selling souvenirs and handicraft. Our advice: buy some candies from the Bremer Bonbon Manufaktur, they come in jars, in various colours and many tastes. The old-town district Schnoor with its colourful houses and cosy cafés is the perfect place to relax and forget the time.
‘Die Schlachte‘, where you’ll find numerous food stalls offering maritime treats along the river Weser, is a popular meeting place for tourists and the inhabitants of Bremen. Or you might want to grab a table in one of the restaurants in the Bürgerpark close to the hotel. Grünkohl und Pinkel (kale and a special type of sausage) is Bremen’s best known dish. You’ll find it on the menus in autumn and winter. In spring, roasted smelts will be on offer. And you should definitely enjoy Bremer Kaffeebrot with your coffee – that’s what the locals refer to as “kaffeesieren“.
One beer for all around the world
Beck’s Export Pils in the typical green bottle was awarded the gold medal for the best of all continental beers on the occasion of the world exhibition in 1876. The beer then went on to gain world renown as “key beer”, a nick name that refers to the signet of the Bremen key on its label. The beer which was only exported until 1949 is still available in 120 countries today. There are guided tours through the brewery several time a day.
The hotel is just a five minutes’ walk from Bremen main station. If you leave the building, go in the direction of Bahnhofstraße and turn left. After 100 m, turn right onto Breitenweg. You will reach the hotel after 200 metres.
If you arrive at Bremen international airport, you may either take a taxi (10 minutes’ drive) or tram 6 to the station Bremen Herdentor. From there, it’s a five minutes’ walk to the hotel.
Leave the B6 at the exit Weserstadion – Zentrum – Hauptbahnhof and then follow Utbremer Straße. Then turn onto Breitenweg and take the exit Zentrum – Hauptbahnhof. You will reach the hotel after approx. 300 metres.
- Bremen central station (350 m)
- City centre (1 km)
- Bremen fairground (1.1 km)
- Bremen airport (5 km)
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