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Bremen: a city with many faces

Historical, innovative, buzzing and maritime – this is Bremen.

The Free Hanseatic City on the Weser River is the heart of the north-west region of Germany. Bremen has many attractions, from the ornate Weser Renaissance town hall and the statue of Roland (UNESCO World Heritage Site), to the statue of the Bremen Town Musicians on the historical market square. Other innovative visitor attractions such as Universum, botanika and the EADS Astrium offer a fascinating, hands-on approach to science.

Bremen's maritime atmosphere can still be felt today. In the heart of Bremen, just minutes from the market square, is the popular Schlachte promenade  along the Weser river. Opt for a trip on the water or simply watch the boats go by, take a stroll or while away the hours eating, drinking or partying. There are many restaurants, bars and beer gardens that offer plenty of scope to relax and unwind.

The Viertel is the most colourful and bohemian area of Bremen, just a few minutes' walk from the city centre. Popular for kitsch entertainment and the arts, theatres and museums, it offers a cosmopolitan flair and diverse, offbeat nightlife. There are lots of bars, restaurants and pubs and no closing time, so people can easily party till dawn.

Bremen has a wealth of open air events

In Bremen, the celebrations go on all year round. In summer the international La Strada, Germany´s largest street circus festival, provides a forum for acrobats and artistes, dancers and dreamers, mime artists and multi-talented performers. Their often bizarre shows turn the streets and squares of Bremen into one giant open-air stage.

The Breminale at the riverbank is a free, open-air event in July. From a one-man band to bands known all over Germany, the various acts perform in red-and-white striped marquees, on boats and on the Weser beach. On this cultural festival street performers showing off their skills, actors delighting the crowd, stallholders selling their wares, and there is an impressive range of food and drink stalls.

The Bremen Freimarkt in October is Germany’s oldest and third largest folk festival on the Bürgerweide, just minutes from the historic city centre. The fairground features over 320 attractions in an area covering 100,000 square metres; no other German city boasts as many modern spins and rides.

To find out more about Bremen, visit www.bremen-tourism.de