Bremen for men
A stroll around the city centre followed by a spa treatment? Not every man's idea of the perfect getaway. If you're more into gadgets, gizmos and guy's stuff, Bremen is a great location. Werder, Beck's, Mercedes ... there are plenty of opportunities to have fun with your buddies.
For football fans, the Weser Stadium is a real must. And when Werder Bremen aren't playing, you can take a guided tour of their home ground.
Further downriver are the moorings of the river barges that transport barley to Beck's. The tour of the Beck's brewery takes you through the museum, ingredients store and brewhouse, past malt silos and fermentation and storage tanks. The highlight, of course, is the beer tasting.
Car enthusiasts with an interest in the engineering and logistics operations of a major automotive plant will be in their element on the factory tour at Mercedes.
The only thing that beats looking at cars is being in the driving seat yourself: 'The Rock', the Mercedes off-road course in Bremen, provides the ultimate driving challenge with extreme gradients and gravity-defying tilts. Budding racing drivers can also indulge in their passion at the BB go-kart track in Gröpelingen, which covers a distance of 620 metres on two levels.
If, after so much action, some intellectual stimulation is called for, pay a visit to the Focke Museum, where you'll learn about Bremen's struggle for independence, the importance of the river Weser as the city's lifeblood, shipbuilding in the 20th century and much more from the city's 1,200-year history. The Speicher XI Dockland Museum offers an insight into working conditions in bygone days.
This 400-metre-long warehouse is at the very heart of the Überseestadt district, Bremen's regenerated docklands. It's a vast area – one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe – and a unique fusion of old and new. Homes, businesses, new technologies and port industries all combine to create a community for the 21st century.
Seafaring traditions are still an important part of life along the Maritime Mile in Vegesack. In earlier times, the largest German herring fleet and even a whaling fleet were anchored here. From the harbour with its captains' cottages, you can look out across the broad waters of the Weser and see a car ferry manoeuvre against the tidal current and yachts and corvette warships waiting for repair on the opposite bank.
For more maritime adventures, head to the interactive exhibition shipyard where you can lend a hand in the boat building. The German Maritime Search and Rescue Service (GMSRS) comes to the aid of vessels in danger or distress. You can visit their Bremen headquarters on the Weser in the city centre and take a look at a rescue boat.