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Bremen: Guided Tour of City Center

1. Bremen: Guided Tour of City Center

Wander through the market square, the heart of Bremen and one of the prettiest squares in Germany. Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage listed town hall and the stone statue of Roland. Study the sculpture of the Bremen Town Musicians, made famous in a Brothers Grimm fairytale. Discover Böttcherstraße, a pedestrian alleyway bursting with tradition where the böttcher (coopers) used to make their barrels. Leading from the market square down to the Weser river, the most famous street in Bremen is an attraction in itself with historical red-brick buildings interspersed with modern Expressionist architecture. Take in the picturesque Schnoor quarter, the oldest part of Bremen. Wander through its rambling lanes, where fishermen, artisans and sailors once lived. Explore the cafés, taverns, top-notch restaurants and handicraft stores that now line the streets.

Bremen: Walking Tour in German with Night Guard

2. Bremen: Walking Tour in German with Night Guard

Discover the dark streets of Bremen accompanied by a night guard carrying a lantern, horn and axe. But be careful to stay with your group since no one knows what might happen. Learn more about the city's exciting past on a walking tour. Find out more about historical misconducts and the long-gone times of Bremen, an old Hanseatic city. Listen to stories unknown to the ordinary citizen, as only the night guard checked the proper closing of doors and gates. Travel back in time and visit the Bremen Market Square and the Böttcherstraße up to the Schnoor while listening to the tales told by the night guard.

Bremen City Bus Tour

3. Bremen City Bus Tour

Learn about Bremen and hear the highlights of its 1,200 years of history on an informative 1.5-hour tour. Explore the past and the present of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen from the comfort of a luxury tour bus. Hear many fascinating stories from the guide along the way. This tour is a convenient way to see the city’s landmarks and monuments, and is informative and entertaining. See the statue of Roland, facing the cathedral in Market Square, and find out how old Roland is. Learn what the Bremen flag is called. Marvel at the 146-meter-high Fallturm drop tower at the University of Bremen.

The Dark Side of Bremen: Killers and Criminals

4. The Dark Side of Bremen: Killers and Criminals

Discover the dark side of Bremen, off the beaten path of tourists, and learn all about the criminal activities that have happened in the city and become infamous throughout the country. Visit what was formerly the most modern prison in Germany, built in 1900, and see the criminal archives with your guide to discover more about the historic crimes, deadly murders and elaborate heists. Visit the sites of sentencings and executions and hear blood-curdling tales of all manner of misdeeds. Investigate the murder that wasn't, yet which still constituted a crime. Learn how explosive fire extinguishers can be and think like a criminal as you figure out the puzzling death of a burglar.

Bremen: Universum Science Center Entrance Ticket

5. Bremen: Universum Science Center Entrance Ticket

Step inside Universum Bremen and become a scientist and explorer for the day. Check out the numerous different exhibits that will help you to learn more about the human body, nature, and technology. There's also a special exhibition and outdoor area for you to explore. In the technology area, find out more about the workings of everyday objects such as toasters, electric toothbrushes, and mobile phones. Learn about the gearing mechanisms, electric motors, and the effect of signal transmission through the interactive exhibits. The human area will show you a new side of yourself and require you to use all of your senses. Test your communicative abilities and perception as you learn things about yourself and your body from a new perspective. Discover the natural world in the next section. Explore fascinating natural phenomena and learn more about why the world exists as it does. Why is grass green? Why are mountains pointed? What do polar lights and fireflies have in common? Find out the answers to these questions and more.

Bremen: 3-Hour Beck's Brewery Tour

6. Bremen: 3-Hour Beck's Brewery Tour

Learn about the art of brewing beer at the famous Beck's and Haake-Beck visitors center in Bremen on a 3-hour guided tour in German and English. Start with a visit to the brewery museum to discover the history of this famous brewery and its well-known brands. Then visit the raw material rooms and brew house. Continue to the malt silos and fermentation and storage tanks to see the process of beer production up close. Watch 2 different 10-minute films about beer making in the brewery's own cinema. You will then be invited to test 3 of the beers in the guest room. Soft drinks are available if you prefer.

Bremen: Old Town 2-Hour Tour with Costumed Performer

7. Bremen: Old Town 2-Hour Tour with Costumed Performer

Immerse yourself in the history and present day of the second oldest city republic in the world and meet eccentric originals and off-kilter oddballs. Discover Bremen and its inhabitants on this staged tour of the old town. Bremen makes a puzzling impression with a vanished river and a secret main street yet at the same time presents itself as a cosmopolitan city in tune with the times. On this tour, discover what Rockefeller has to do with the Bremen Cathedral, whether Roland squints, and why Bremen is both rich and poor at the same time. On this special tour you explore the town hall, Böttcherstraße, the Schlachte, and Schnoor with a performer as your guide, who will bring imaginary and real stories to life and create an emotional approach to themes and stories. Explore Bremen from Marktplatz to the documentation center Ostertorwache, formerly the most modern prison in Germany.

Bremen: Night Watchman Guided Tour for Children (in German)

8. Bremen: Night Watchman Guided Tour for Children (in German)

Follow the night watchman on his tour through the city after dark. Let him give you an account of his duty and the untoward activities he is confronted with every night. Learn what everyday life, food and drink, childhood and school were like in past centuries. Listen to the watchman’s stories, as he takes you from Bremen market square through the Böttcherstraße to the Schnoor. Beware not to lose your group, though. Because if you do, you might easily be suspected of having committed a crime or fall victim to of one of the many dangers unbeknownst to today. At the end of the tour, back in present-day Bremen, you will have learned a lot about the long gone history of the old Hanseatic city as the night watchman, who makes sure doors and city gates are properly locked, will be able to tell tales of things the honest citizen woulnd't even know existed.

Bremen: Walking Tour of Historic Schnoor District

9. Bremen: Walking Tour of Historic Schnoor District

Enjoy a relaxing shared or private walking tour through Bremen's historical Schnoor neighborhood. The first-known written reference to Schnoor dates back to the 13th century. At this time, a Franciscan monastery was built on the edge of what is now the Schnoor district. Today, only the monastery church remains. The present Catholic St. John's Church was built in the 14th century, in a redbrick Gothic style. Many houses from the 17th and 18th centuries are still preserved in their original state, giving a romantic feeling of life during earlier times. During the walking tour, see some of the oldest remaining profane buildings, such as "Haus Schnoor 15," also known as "Brasilhaus," and "Packhaus Schnoor 2," dating back to the 15th century. Take a look at some of these houses, recreated according to historical specifications. Admire the half-timbered house with the tea room or the buildings that now consist only of facades, which once stood elsewhere. Immerse yourself in the impressive architecture of classicism and historicism, Baroque and Renaissance, as you learn all about Schnoor and its inhabitants.

Bremen: Outdoor Escape Game in the Old Town

10. Bremen: Outdoor Escape Game in the Old Town

Take the escape room outside and have Bremen Old Town be the backdrop of your mission. Decipher codes and follow the steps as you work your way through Bremen and complete the mission. You will be given an iPad at the beginning of the escape room challenge and use it to solve the puzzles and chat with the game master as you solve the challenge piece by piece. The neighborhood offers the perfect territory for enthusiastic thinkers. Be inspired by the cityscape, decipher architectural codes and find the missing elements to solve your mission along the way.

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What people are saying about Bremen

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,391 reviews

Really good activity for kids and scientifically curious adults. My boy aged 11 loved it. We spend about 3 hours there and we didn't do any of the outside activities. There's food at the entrance and within the exhibition hall and is fairly priced and good quality.

Very motivated and experienced local, which did a very good job explaining the history with all the details.

It was a very good and interesting city tour. We learned a lot and can gladly recommend this tour.

Excellent tour. The guide is very nice and loves Bremen.

Good guide, good driver, comfortable bus, nice route.