The Town Musicians in the city centre
You will bump into Bremen's famous animal heroes in numerous locations in the city. Keep your eyes peeled as you never know where they'll turn up next.
Ratskeller (Kaiser room and Hauff room fresco)
In the Ratskeller restaurant beneath the town hall there is a small sculpture depicting the Town Musicians as they bravely prevail over the robbers. Dating from 1899, Friedrich Heine's rotatable bronze work is the oldest representation of the Town Musicians in Bremen. Unfortunately it is on display in the Ratskeller's Kaiser/Senate room, a venue that only opens on special occasions and for group bookings.
Adjoining the main dining room is the Hauff room, which contains a fresco by Max Slevogt (1927) depicting the Bremen Town Musicians. Appropriately for a restaurant, the animals are portrayed sitting at a table enjoying a meal together.
Above the arcades of the Deutsches Haus
The four friends can be spotted above the arcades of the Deutsches Haus – shortly after their escape judging by their emaciated appearance. The gilded representations of the animals clearly stand out against the ornate wrought-iron of the mounted fixture.
It is actually an old inn sign of the Pschorr brewery in Munich (now the Hacker-Pschorr brewery). The gold star that hangs down from it bears resemblance to the Soviet star and so was temporarily removed during the Second World War. Initial negotiations with the brewery regarding the present-day Deutsches Haus began in 1908. The wrought-iron inn sign must have subsequently been mounted on the outside of the building – probably, although not for certain, by the architect Rudolf Jacobs.
"Rathscafé und Deutsches Haus – Zum Umgang mit der Bremer Altstadt" by the Bremer Zentrum für Baukultur, published by Aschenbeck Verlag, Bremen, ISBN 98-3-939401-64-3
Schnoor quarter, Wüstestätte and the House of History
An artwork by Bernd Altenstein, which shows people wearing Town Musician masks, decorates the wall of house number eleven in Wüste Stätte in the Schnoor quarter. Other works by Bernd Altenstein include a Bremen Town Musicians sculpture in Osaka, Japan, and the Bremen Solidarity Award, which also features the fairytale quartet.
In the neighbouring House of History there is a large plush pyramid of the animals. It belongs to a mechanical puppet show, which is performed daily as part of the House of History tour.
Wooden statue at the Schnoortreppe
Of all the Bremen Town Musicians statues, the animal pyramid at the Schnoortreppe is one of the most unique. Created by Jo Harbord, an art professor from Dresden, it is crafted from 160-year-old holm oak. This solid wooden statue was put on display around ten years ago and is a showpiece attraction in the square outside the Schnoortreppe souvenir shop.
Wind rose outside the Kuehne + Nagel building
The bronze wind rose outside the Kuehne + Nagel building shows the four points of the compass and some 80 cities and ports around the world including the distances to them. The most distinctive feature is the centrepiece with a Town Musicians relief. Alfred Kühne donated the wind rose to the city on 7 January 1965 to mark his company's 75th anniversary and to decorate the square outside the Kühne premises by Wilhelm Kaisen bridge. The sculpture was created by local artist, Paul Halbhuber.
BremerLeselust is a joint initiative of various organisations in Bremen which promotes reading for pleasure among children and young people. Bremen Parliament, Bremen's community and literary foundations, the Chamber of Commerce and the city library are all involved in the venture.
Leselust, which literally means reading for pleasure, aims to inspire children in Bremen to spend more time reading and includes a number of fun activities with the Town Musicians as mascots. One such project encourages children to get creative: models of the Town Musicians are sold plain for children to paint in any way they wish. For example in the green and white of Werder Bremen or using all the colours of the rainbow. The resulting works are displayed at a number of locations throughout the city including the BTZ Tourist Information centre at the main train station. Proceeds go to BremerLeselust.