The Town Musicians in Böttcherstrasse
Traditionally Böttcherstrasse has been the link between the market square and the Weser river. In 1902, Ludwig Roselius, a coffee merchant and the inventor of decaffeinated coffee, bought house number six on Böttcherstrasse. Between 1922 and 1931, he refashioned the entire narrow lane with the help of architect Bernhard Hoetger, gradually creating the exquisite architectural ensemble which we see today.
Atlantic Grand Hotel
Böttcherstrasse is where one of the most elegant versions of the Town Musicians can be found: a gold-plated brass statue which decorates the foyer of Bremen Casino in Haus St. Petrus. Donated by artist Engelhard Toelken, the statue has been on display for the past 29 years and is considered a real gem among the Town Musician representations in Bremen.
Seven Lazy Brothers fountain at the Handwerkerhof
The Handwerkerhof craft centre in Böttcherstrasse features the Fountain of the Seven Lazy Brothers, created by Böttcherstrasse architect, Bernhard Hoetger. Town Musician figures have decorated the fountain's waterpipe since 1927. This time the animals are depicted one behind the other on the narrow pipe rather than in their conventional pyramid formation. As the name suggests, the fountain pays tribute to another popular Bremen story: The Seven Lazy Brothers.
The Seven Lazy Brothers (Friedrich Wagenfeld)
The seven lazy sons of a Bremen man set off into the world, as they could not find work with their poor reputation. They returned several years later full of inventive ideas. The townsfolk claimed that they only wanted to use such new-fangled methods to make their work easier because they were still as lazy as they had always been. Work-shy or not, the Seven Lazy Brothers soon owned the prettiest houses, the most magnificent gardens and lived in the most splendid street in the city.
Stone relief at the House of the Seven Lazy Brothers
Directly opposite the Handwerkerhof craft centre is the House of the Seven Lazy Brothers. The doorway is decorated with a stone relief of the Town Musicians by Engelhardt Tölken, which has graced the frame since the 1920s. Here you will also find the children's clothing store, Kaenguru.
Plaque on the Paula Becker-Modersohn House
A plaque adorning the Paula Becker-Modersohn Haus claims that bones from the donkey were found there during excavation work – compelling evidence that the old grey nag, the dog, the cat and the rooster did indeed make it to Bremen.