Bremen is a compact and manageable architectural treat that everyone has heard of thanks to the Brothers Grimm fairytale Town Musicians of Bremen, a story in which a group of 4 ageing animals run away in a failed bid to get to the city. Boasting one of Europe’s most beautiful town squares, the red-brick-heavy city, the home of Beck’s Beer, is small but it still packs quite a punch.
The donkey, dog, cat & cockerel of Bremer Stadtmusikanten, Town Musicians of Bremen, off Altmarkt, UNESCO-listed Marketplace, in Bremen, Germany. January 20, 2016.
Never mind that the donkey, dog, cat and cockerel celebrated in the folk tale forgot all about their goal as soon as they had a roof over their heads, brochures and innumerable souvenirs cheerfully proclaim BREMEN “die Stadt der Stadtmusikanten” (the Town of the Town Musicians).
– The Rough Guide to Germany
The Roland statue in UNESCO-listed Altmarkt, Marketplace, Bremen, Germany. January 21, 2016.
The Town Hall and the statue of Roland on the marketplace of Bremen in north-west Germany are outstanding representations of civic autonomy and sovereignty, as these developed in the Holy Roman Empire in Europe. The old town hall was built in the Gothic style in the early 15th century, after Bremen joined the Hanseatic League. The building was renovated in the so-called Weser Renaissance style in the early 17th century. A new town hall was built next to the old one in the early 20th century as part of an ensemble that survived bombardment during the Second World War. The statue stands 5.5 m tall and dates back to 1404.
– UNESCO commenting on Town Hall and Roland on the Marketplace of Bremen
The cathedral, Dom St Petri, overlooking Marketplace in Bremen, Germany. January 21, 2016.
Trams in Bremen, Germany. January 21, 2016.
Early morning on Ostertorsteinweg, Bremen, Germany. January 21, 2016.
Hauptbahnhof, Bremen, Germany. January 20, 2016.
On the platform of Hauptbahnhof Bremen en route to Berlin. Bremen, Germany. January 20, 2016.