Wine festival celebrating 400 years of Bremen's town hall facade
30 May – 3 June 2012
In 2004, UNESCO designated Bremen's town hall and Roland statue a joint World Heritage site. The Weser Renaissance facade, added to the medieval building between 1609 and 1612, was one of the features of the ensemble considered most worthy of conservation. This year, on the 400th anniversary of this architectural masterwork, a wine festival is being held on the market square in Bremen. The organiser of the festival is Karl-Josef Krötz, the cellarmaster of the historical Ratskeller restaurant beneath the town hall, which stores over 650 varieties of wine from across Germany.
From Wednesday 30 May to Sunday 3 June, around a dozen vintners representing all Germany's wine regions will be uncorking their finest wines on Bremen market square, while jazz and other entertainment will be performed on the stage. The Sunday is International World Heritage Day, when there will be additional guided tours with more information about the town hall facade and the magnificent interior. An extra-special treat for connoisseurs is the German Wine Sensorium, which will be in town from Thursday onwards in the German Wine Institute marquee. It will offer audio and video installations that present the subject of wine in new and unusual contexts. And, of course, there will be a bar in which visitors can relax, talk about their day and sample the wonderful wines.
Recommended package: 2 nights in a double room, breakfast, ErlebnisCard (discovery card) and a guided tour of the city centre from €99.00 per person.