With over half a million population, Bremen is the largest city on the Weser River and is the capital of the German Federal State Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. It is also the smallest and least populous among 16 German states.  Being a commercial and industrial city, it has a reputation as a working-class city where big multinational companies made Bremen as their hub.

Such an interesting city you’ll never be bored even by staying there for a few days makes you feel like home. I can still vividly recall how the smell of the roasting coffee beans from a coffee factory just a few meters away from my friend’s apartment.  Well, my 5 days was really like 3 days full stay in the city since I was traveling from Liege by bus. Tickets tend to be expensive when booking too late. I would advise you to book in advance since some of them offers promo tickets starting 5.99 euros per way.

Day 1. Liège to Bremen

My Flixbus was on time.  We left the Liège-Guillemins railway station at 13h10 and from there I had a stopover in Dortmund for more than 3 hours and continued my journey to Bremen for another 3 hours. Arriving at 01h30 the following day, I was so lucky that my friend Tahini picked me up at their so-called “bus terminal”. Otherwise, I will freeze to death. Lol!

Day 2. Cycling around and walk in the woods

It was almost noon when we finished late breakfast. The plan was just to go on cycling around and visit a park in Ganderkesse. It took us half an hour drive from city to Ganderkesse Park in the Lower Saxony region. We were not really sure of where to park the car until we asked a resident for park space. Inside the forest park, we encountered a few hikers enjoying the cool afternoon breeze. In this forest, you will also find some of the oldest trees in Germany in Hasbruch area.

European plums are just used as a fence in farms so we pulled over and picked some for our trail food.

The start of the trail in the forest with small trees until you reach the middle of the park and you’ll see some monumental trees.

As you go deeper to the forest, you’ll witness this 1200 (estimated) year-old English oak tree named “Friederikeneiche“. A natural monument in Hasbruch, Lower Saxony Region, this tree had survived from natural collapse by reinforcing some concrete on its lower trunk which measures 8.11 meters in circumference.

I wondered who did this beautifully-carved trees but it was a good idea. Note: this is a dead tree they just recycled.

Day 3. Around the city center and first culinary experience

I guess it was the most memorable during my visit to Bremen. I saw a lot of interesting structures in the city. Apart from that, I had a bad experience when we had dinner in a restaurant called “Staendige Vertretung”. It happened when we were seated in this restaurant and about to order a beer. We patiently waited for the staff to take our order, she arrived and asked us “What do you want for drinks?” in a rude voice. We asked her back, “What beers do you have here?”  She just flipped the pages as if she was in a hurry to take orders. My friends and I just stared at each other. For the food, I ordered something common in German cuisine. The food was okay.  That mean waitress might be having the worst day of her life so we just tried to understand her.  I was planning to not include this terrible experience but I have to. That was one of a few lousy service experiences in my life. I checked their reviews online and I was not the only one who observed the lousy service.

swb AG is an energy supplier for Bremen and Bremerhaven. It also extends its service on waste disposal in Bremen. The company supplies its customers with electricity, natural gas, drinking water, and heating.
Stadtwerder and Lake Werdersee. The nearest place to get fresh air or cool down in Bremen City. Whether you prefer jogging, inline skating, cycling, or spend quality time with family or friends, this lake is a perfect spot for all.

Schlachte Embankment. Located right by Weser River is a great place to walk and be amazed at some old ships such as Alexander von Humboldt which served as a sail training ship until it was brought out of service in 2011. Refurbished and completely turned into a hotel and restaurant.
Stadtwaage is a rebuilt medieval weighing station now houses a cultural center behind its original gable.
Bremen Town Hall and Roland Statue are UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004.
St. Petri Dom Bremen has an early-gothic style from the first half of the 13th century.
The way to Böttcherstraße. These local artists playing their instruments in exchange for some euros.
Lichtbringer (Bringer of Light) marks the entrance to Böttcherstraße. It was designed by a German sculptor and painter Bernhard Hoetger as commissioned by Bremen-based coffee merchant Ludwig Roselius.
Bremer Bonbon Manufaktur inside Böttcherstraße is a perfect place to buy some sweets. During the day, trained pastry chefs and pastry chefs provide for constant supply and during the opening hours, they let customers experience how candies are made in the traditional way.
Located in the historic city center, Böttcherstraße is about 100m long street with famous and rare architecture mostly in expressionist style. Several buildings employ Brick Expressionism.

A beautiful plate of Bremer labskaus for 12.50 €. A typical Bremen specialty usually made of salted beef with beetroot, gherkins (pickled cucumber) and pickled herring.
Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten (Town Musicians of Bremen) is a popular fairy tale collected and recorded by German academics Jacob Ludwig and Wilhelm Karl. This is the story of four aging domestic animals who were maltreated by their former masters, run away and became musicians of Bremen.

Day 4. Rhododendron Park, Bürgerpark, and Bremen Roland

We navigated most of our sightseeing with a bicycle. I loved it since Bremen is a bicycle-friendly city and a bit un-crowded especially the outskirts Bremen.  The first stop was Rhodendron Park which showcased a major collection of rhododendron and azaleas. It has a botanic garden (Botanika), restaurant, souvenir shop, bonsai garden, and a whole lot more. I was planning to get a refrigerator magnet here but it was too expensive outside the shop. The blooming season for rhododendrons was almost over so better visit here during the spring season.

Anemone hupehensis commonly found inside the Rhododendron Park.

Botanika houses the largest Buddha statue lying outside Asia. it has exhibition halls, a discovery center, a souvenir shop and the greenhouse which showcases Asian landscapes.

Now we came to the biggest community park in Bremen called “Bürgerpark”. Another perfect place where you can find peace and relaxation in the middle of the city. Created in 1866, this park has almost financed privately and by donations. It’s a great symbol of how the Bremen community is committed in preserving this natural heritage.

Der Bürgerpark Bremen is a public park and is a popular attraction for families and friends wanting to enjoy nature.

After an hour of rest at the park, we continued to the old train station and to the Piet Port where we had their famous flammkuchen. This small beer garden is so alive and the energy was so intense with the group of family and friends enjoying their glass of wine or bottle of beer. Opens every day from 11h00 to 22h00, you can reserve your spot or just go there and find your place.

Bremen Central Station is one of the most modern railway stations in Germany.
Piet Port Park
Flammkuchen is simply made of bread dough rolled out very thinly in the shape of a rectangle or oval, which is covered with white cheese or fresh cream, thinly sliced onions, and lardons. A German specialty from the regions of Baden-Württemberg and Rheinland-Pfalz.

It was a long day of cycling and we felt tired so we headed to Schnoor to have some ice cream. This place was too crowded during the day since it’s a common tourist attraction when visiting the city. But it was worth it dropping by and see a little bit of it. I guess it is really beautiful if you have plenty of time roaming around in those small houses and shops.

In one of the small streets of Schnoor. Its name originated from a German word “schnur” which means pearls on a string due to the fact that its many old buildings line the narrow lanes like schnur. Cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops lined all over in a tidy manner which makes it organized. I wish to be back here someday to explore more of these small alleys.
Used to be one of the poorer corners of Bremen. At present, Schnoor is the only part of Bremen which was preserved with a medieval character.
Guided tour with the night watchman in Schnoor. In the journey back to the Bremen of a bygone era. While the good people of Bremen are sleeping, the nightwatchman does his rounds.

Day 5. Back to Liѐge

“No trip is complete until you get home”. It was a short visit but I had a great time. Germany is such a beautiful and big country. I would like to thank my good friend Tahini and Valeria for showing me around Bremen.

 

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I live my life everyday celebrating. An easy go lucky guy. Always hungry for adventure and learning different cultures. If I'm not at the summit, I'm at the sea. Traveling is my way of life. Deeply in love with mountaineering, swimming, skinny dipping, island hopping, fishing, and cycling. Loves good food, beer, music, and good human conversation. At home, I used to cook, do yoga, and meditate. A coffee lover. Stay most of my time at the outdoors, breathing the cold air, tasting the saltiness of sea breeze, watch the waves swiftly caressing the sand, listen to the flowing water of the river, pitch my tent or hang my hammock and sleep under 5 billion stars. I hate manicured places (resorts). Adores sunrise and sunset which gives me extraordinary energy.