A Day Trip to Bremen
Bremen, Northern Germany’s second-largest city, is probably best known for the fairy tale about its town musicians, who actually never made it to town but who lived happily ever after anyway. Bremen prides itself on being a Hanseatic city, and one can still find plenty of traces of its prosperous past, especially around the market square, where its political, economic & religious powers are represented by the medieval town hall, noted for its lavishly decorated Weser Renaissance facade (1608), the Schütting (1538), a guildhall in Flemish Renaissance style, and St Peter’s Cathedral. In front of the town hall is the Roland Statue (1404), an emblem of the city’s independence, and around the corner is a bronze of the Bremen Town Musicians (1953) by Gerhard Marcks. Down the alley alongside the Schütting you’ll find the Böttcherstraße, a 110-m-long lane with buildings in expressionist style dating from the 1920s, featuring a carillon made of Meissen porcelain.
Bremen’s must-see museum is the Kunsthalle, a 10-minute stroll from the market square. Its permanent exhibition had an overhaul last year, a ‘remix’, and now provides a compelling overview of art history ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day, and, endlich, accompanying texts in English. Of special interest here is the work of Paula Modersohn-Becker, a pioneer of expressionism whose paintings are also on view in the Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum in the Böttcherstraße, just around the corner from the Ludwig Roselius Museum, which houses Northern European fine & decorative art. Some 25 minutes by tram (№ 4) from the centre of town lies the Focke Museum, which is dedicated to the history of the city, and some 1½ km further away is Rhododendron Park, which is especially pleasing in springtime, when thousands of rhododendrons & azaleas blossom luxuriantly. Its indoor Asian garden, Botanika, is very pleasant the year round.pinnable.eu/bremen