For families: Innovative Bremen
A silver whale or a giant mussel? Universum Bremen is an absolute must for any visitor, but what does its architecture remind you of? The Science Center has 250 installations for visitors of all ages to get hands on, performing their own experiments and learning by doing. Explore different scientific phenomena with all your senses. See how a tornado is created, explore a room in complete darkness through touch alone and take a seat on the 'earthquake sofa'.
You and your children will need a good two hours to explore Universum Bremen – if you are quick. Afterwards you can stop for refreshment at the on-site restaurant.
Then it's time for some fresh air. Covering 5,000 square metres, the EntdeckerPark at Universum Bremen is focused around movement and the capabilities of the human body – on the 'Moon Jumper', for example, on the climbing wall or in the crawl-through tunnel. Children can also scale the 27-metre-high activity tower to experiment with wind and weather.
In wet weather you may prefer to hop into a taxi or take a tram to Bremen's other science centre, botanika. The discovery centre has a number of interactive exhibits offering an insight into the world of plants.
If you come on a Saturday, for a really special highlight you can book a two-hour guided space travel tour at Astrium close to the airport. See the engineers and technicians working on transfer vehicles for the International Space Station or Ariane 5 rockets. Discover how astronauts live and work inside a 1:1 scale model of a section of the station.
For those of you interested in the stars, Olbers Planetarium at Bremen University of Applied Sciences close to the city centre is well worth a visit (events are also available at other times). Not only can you observe the starry skies above, you can also watch shows such as 'Theft in space' or 'Rescue of the star fairy'.
When planning your visit, be aware that many museums and other attractions close for one day during the week (usually Monday).