Squares, Monuments & Churches in Bremen

The statue of the Knight Roland at the Marktplatz in Bremen as well as of course the Town Musicians next to the church Unser Lieben Frauen are the landmarks of Bremen.

In 2004, the Roland statue and the Old City hall at the Markt became UNESCO world heritage.

The Markt with an incredible atmosphere and the Roland statue are Bremen’s center. Most of Bremen’s sights are located here. 

Roland Statue

The statue of the Knight Roland at the Markt in Bremen is not only landmark and UNESCO world heritage, but also the center of Bremen. Unfortunately, the original head of the statue with a height of 5.5 m was removed in the Second World War and replaced by a copy. The original can still be seen in the museum of the Dom St. Petri. This cathedral opposite the Roland was constructed in the 11th century and dominates the Markt.

Knight Roland Statue

Cathedral St. Petri (Dom St. Petri)

 
Cathedral St. Petri

Old City Hall (Altes Rathaus)

The Old Town Hall is also located at the Markt next to the Roland statue. It was first constructed at the beginning of the 15th century. Its beautiful balcony of Renaissance style was added 200 years later, between 1595 and 1618.
Old City Hall

Town Musicians of Bremen (Bremer Stadtmusikanten)

Town Musicians
The ultimate landmark of Bremen nearly everyone knows is the statue of the Town Musicians in front of the church Unser Lieben Frauen. Based on the famous fairy tale “Bremer Stadtmusikanten” by the Grimm Brothers, it was cast by Gerhard Marcks in 1951 and shows a dog, a cat and a rooster all on top of a donkey. Touching the donkey’s nose is supposed to bring luck. Although overpowered by the impact of the quite tiny statue, the Kirche Unser Lieben Frau next to the Town Musicians is also worth a visit.

Schütting + Haus der Bürgschaft

Opposite of the Old City Hall is the Schütting that used to be the house of the merchants. The three houses at the west side of the Markt are 19th century buildings and opposite them in the east, there is the only modern building of the Markt, the Haus der Bürgschaft.
Schütting

Böttcherstrasse

When you enter the small road right of the Schütting, you will be stunned. The Böttcherstrasse is one of Bremen’s most famous streets for a good reason. Built between 1922 and 1931 in Art Noveau style, it has not only two stunning entrances, but also really beautiful redbrick houses, galleries, shops and cafes, many of which have been designed by Bernhard Hoetger. Some of the houses are worth a closer look, e.g. the PaulaModersonBeckerHaus near the entrance, the Roselius house of the 16th century (which was therefore not designed by Boetger) as well as the Glockenspiel house. Luckily enough, Böttcherstrasse was saved from the bombings during the Second World War and therefore not destroyed.
Boettcherstrasse

Schnoor

Southeast of the Markt, there is probably Bremen’s oldest quarter, the Schnoor. It used to be a maritime and then a redlight district. With its small and narrow lanes, many restaurants and cafes as well as small shops and boutiques, it is not only loved by tourists but also by locals. As there are still many houses from the 17th and 18th century which have not been destroyed in the wars, you will also get an impression of live in earlier days. At the outer edge of the Schnorr, there is the catholic church St. Johann.