Built in the 1920s, this fascinating 110 metre-long lane houses shops and restaurants, museums, workshops and a carillon.
The name Böttcherstrasse derives from the coopers (böttcher) who used to live and work there. Today, this narrow lane is home to arts and craft shops and studios. At the start of the 20th century, Ludwig Roselius, a local coffee merchant, began to buy up all the houses in the dilapidated street. He then had it completely rebuilt, resulting in a creation that is both homogenous and architecturally remarkable. With the help of architects Bernhard Hoetger, Eduard Scotland and Alfred Runge, Roselius – the inventor of decaffeinated coffee – achieved his goal, turning this pathway between the market square and the Weser river into a street of houses designed specially to be of architectural merit, in a mixture of art deco and brick-built styles that has a special charm all of its own. Roselius' principal aim was a return to traditional Low German culture in language, art and crafts.
Crafts and souvenirs
Top-class shopping in Bremen's oldest pedestrian area: on the way from the market square to the Weser river you can stroll round craft shops and small, exquisite boutiques, watch craftsmen creating glass and visit the Remember store. From 10 April to 20 December also on Sundays from 11am to 4pm.
The Böttcherstrasse app
Discover Böttcherstrasse with an iPhone app – featuring lots of commentary on individual buildings and artworks. You can download the app directly from the Böttcherstrasse website.