It may be the smallest state in Germany, but the region of Bremen holds its own, with the variety of travel opportunities it presents. Situated within Lower Saxony, the state features a dozen and more interesting sights that can make one seriously consider lengthening a trip here. Exciting interactive museums and science centers can be found here, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site and annual festivals. Such is the attraction that the state of Bremen presents, which makes it garner about an average of more than a million tourists every year.
This part of Germany exhibits a part of the grand economic stature that the country holds. Industries involved in various fields of science, technology, and food production are based here, which sustain the economy of the region. Its contributions are also outstanding, which saw the state declared as a 'City of Science' in 2005. This makes Bremen a stimulating region to explore in Germany.
What to see & do
Bremen, a fascinating city to behold, is appealing for the various landmarks that tourists can visit here. One can begin their sightseeing at the Marktplatz (Market Square), which is surrounded by the oldest buildings in the city. Those going here will find the statue of Roland at the center of the square. Built in 1404, this honors Roland as the paladin of the first Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne and the hero of the Battle of Roncevaux Pass. After the square, there is the 16th-century Schutting, the headquarters of the former Guild of Merchants. One will marvel at the facade, which shows a distinct Flemish influence.
From here, one can move on to Focke Regional Museum, which is housed in several buildings due to its large collection of artifacts. Bremen's historic status as a Hanseatic city yielded several relics, with the modern era bringing new exhibits, such as cars and shipyards. Those interested on the arts, on the other hand, can visit Bremen Art Gallery. The highlights here are the 19th- and 20th-century collections that feature the works of many celebrated artists. Other landmarks in Bremen await tourists like the Old Town Hall built in the Gothic-Renaissance style with statues of Charlemagne and the Seven Electors, as well as the Animal Musicians from a fairy tale of the Brothers Grimm. There is the Böttcherstraße, a narrow street filled with beautiful architecture and many fine museums, taverns, and bookshops. One of the most fascinating to visit, however, is the Eads Astrium, where engineers build space transporters and other equipment for interstellar travel. One can watch them as they work and learn how astronauts live in the International Space Station.
Bremerhaven, the other city in the state, holds its own with its sister city. This waterfront city will welcome travelers with its sea trade and glass buildings, as well as a partly recreational harbor. One will find here the Deutsches Auswandererhaus (German Emigration Center), which traces the journey of Germans sailing to the Americas for a new life. There is also the Klimahaus Bremerhaven, where children and adults will both have fun due to the experience of the climate zones of various parts of the world. Visitors are advised to dress accordingly to remain comfortable. Schaufenster Fischereihafen can follow as a possible addition for those interested in the fishing industry of the city. The fish-packaging halls also feature restaurants, bars, and small shops with an aquarium and puppet theater.
How to get around
Although travelers can make their way through Bremen on foot to best explore the old district, one will still find a broad range of transport options. The bus network is extensive here, allowing one to go around even at late night and the wee hours of the morning. Taxis are also abundant, which makes it easier for those who prefer to go by car. Those preferring to exercise while on vacation, on the other hand, can rent bicycles to visit different parts of the region. Renting cars is also an alternative, with members of the Cambio car-sharing network able to choose cars for hire.
How to get there
Travelers interested in visiting the state of Bremen can visit through Bremen Airport, where direct or connecting flights can be arranged. Those going here can schedule with the various airlines serving here, which include Air France AIS Airlnes, BMI Regional, Germania, Germanwings, KLM, Lufthansa, Lufthansa Regional, Ryanair, Scandinavian Airlines, SunExpress, Tailwind Airlines, and Turkish Airlines.