Behold the architectural and historical splendor of Bremen, which Charlemagne founded as a diocese in 787 A.D.
Depart from the pier and drive south, somewhat paralleling the Weser River, which connects Bremerhaven and Bremen. The latter is the cosmopolitan government seat of Germany’s smallest state, the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, which also includes Bremerhaven. As such, it’s rich in history, much of which is reflected through its architecture.
Among the highlights of your walking tour through Bremen is the town hall, a beautiful Gothic-style building constructed in the 15th century and then renovated with a Renaissance-style façade in the 17th-century. As you will discover, the town hall is truly breathtaking and has become a World Heritage site, along with Bremen’s 600-year-old statue of Roland, Charlemagne’s favorite nephew, who died in battle and became a symbol of freedom and justice. Another well-known landmark nearby is the bronze sculpture of the Bremen Town Musicians, four fairytale animals immortalized in the story by the Brothers Grimm.
Wherever you wander in Bremen, a sense of history follows. Stroll the narrow lanes of the Schnoor District, and you can imagine what life was like when this oldest section of Bremen was built in the 15th and 16th centuries. You will also see the restored Bremen Cathedral, which was nearly razed in an Allied air raid during World War II. Following your walking tour, you will have free time to explore the city further before returning to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of moderate walking, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There are some steps to negotiate as well as uneven and cobblestone streets in the city center. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain. When events are taking place at the town hall or cathedral, interior visits may not be possible. The travel time to Bremen is approximately 1-hour in each direction.