Bremen Bremerhaven together form the smallest of the 16 German federal states. Although the Hansestadt Bremen has more than half a million inhabitants, the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. Charlemagne of Bremen in 787 a bishop’s town. After the city on the Weser was connected to the Hanse in 1260, more prosperity and traders were more and more power. In Bremen, the power struggle between the bishops and the well-to-do bourgeoisie clearly visible from the market square, the Romanesque cathedral with its imposing west towers and the beautiful town hall with its magnificent façade renaissance compete for attention. In front of the town hall stands the 600-year-old Roland.

Unique are two streets in the old town, each with its own character. The Schnoor is a colorful street with many small houses from the 15th to the 18th century. Today there are many jewelers, souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants. Böttcherstraße was commissioned between 1926 and 1930 by the patron of Ludwig Roselius, rich with the first decaffeinated coffee (Coffee Hag allowed), built by the Expressionist artist Bernard Hoetger in collaboration with the architects Runge & Scotland. Gesamtkunstwerk also houses the Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, named after one of the pioneers of German modern painting.

Contemporary art lovers can indulge in the Museum Weserburg. The Kunsthalle, with its excellent collection of 19th and 20th century painting, reopened after a major renovation in 2011. In the Gerhard-Marcks-Haus, named after famous Bremen city musicians the sculptor immortalized in bronze, to see the sculpture of the 20th and 21st century.

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