Bremen's oldest district, the Schnoor quarter, is a maze of lanes lined with little 15th and 16th century houses.
Pretty little half-timbered houses dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, with narrow lanes between the rows of buildings. The name of the quarter may allude to the fact that the houses are lined up like pearls on a string, Schnoor being Low German for Schnur (string). Another interpretation of the name is that this part of the old fishermen's quarter, right by the river Weser, was where the rope makers used to live. Visitors can browse for arts and crafts and handmade gold, rest their legs in one of the many cafés and restaurants or buy a souvenir to take home.
In Bremen's oldest quarter, the Schnoor, shops are open on Sundays between 11am and 4pm from 1 April to 31 December. Its craft shops, galleries and souvenir stores appeal to locals and visitors alike, who flock to the Schnoor quarter, particularly at weekends.