Visiting Bremen's Christmas Markets, GermanyA perfect location for your first Christmas market taster
Woohoo, we’d arrived in Bremen our first destination on our 2018 German Christmas market road trip.
It was a bit of a long drive from Calais (410miles/660km), but once again Gary got us there safe and sound.
All checked in and parked we had 2 nights to discover Bremen’s delights. Time to dust off our 'Things to do in Bremen' list and hit the markets.
Where is Bremen?
Discover Bremen at ChristmasA short hop
Just along Sögestrasse (Sow/Pigstreet) is a delightful little sculpture of a swineherd.
It’s one of those bronzes you just want to touch, that’s probably why the pig’s noses are now extremely buffed.
Where to stay in Bremen
The Christmas Markets at BremenInstant winner
After strolling around for a little while, we both agreed that Bremen is a perfect size for an introduction to your first German Christmas market.
Or if you wanted a location that wasn’t too tiring on your feet, as the two main markets are within a short walk of each other.
I love nothing more than planning a trip and so often I use the DK Eyewitness books. I find them extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into discovering more.
We used a previous version of this book to plan our Germany road trips, now you can grab the revised copy.
Exploring Bremen at ChristmasGo with the flow
Bremen’s WeihnachtsmarktTo give it its proper name
However, there is a very colourful and bright part of the market by the Dom, that young children will love.
Carousels, mini-rides and who doesn’t love a Ferris wheel?
Good to know
Bremen's Schlachte Magic Christmas MarketSomething a little different
Or, the medieval and swashbuckling market as we came to affectionately name it.
Set along the edge of the River Weser, no detail has been left out here.
As you stroll in you are greeted with the delightful sound of a harpist.
Enjoying Bremen's Christmas Markets“Pieces of eight”
Discovering more of BremenThe Local Brew
Popping into a bar also gives you the opportunity to mix with the locals.
So while having a little chat, our plans for the following day were given the thumbs up, and Schnoor was definitely the place to head.
There’s more to Bremen than ChristmasA historic German city
One of Bremen’s must-see sculptures is “The Town Musicians of Bremen” The sculpture depicts a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster the fairy tale was first published in Grimms’ Fairy Tales in 1819.
By touching the Donkey’s front hooves, your wishes are said to come true. These characters have become a city emblem and can be seen in all different guises around Bremen.
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Or alternatively, like us discover a few of Germany’s Christmas markets on a road trip. If you’re venturing from the UK, jump on Le Shuttle.
Although, if you’re unable to bring your own car or you are flying into this lovely country give Rental Cars a go. They search multiple well-known car hire brands for the best deals.
Bremen’s DomThe city's Cathedral
It has beautiful arcades running through the central nave in Gothic style and incredible vaults above the cathedral’s main organ.
This cathedral is certainly worth a visit in opinion.
Not to be missed in BremenSchnoor
Gary had a rum flavoured hot chocolate, apple strudel and cream, and I had peppermint hot chocolate, and my cake was apple, chocolate and rum.
Mmmm it was lovely.
A must-see in BremenGlockenspiel
Our video of Bremen at ChristmasThe Christmas Markets experience through our eyes
We have created a little YouTube video of Bremen at Christmas
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