Bremen for culture buffs
An old city can still be young at heart!
Bremen boasts a wealth of museums, theatres and music events.
The Weserburg is Bremen's internationally acclaimed collectors' museum for modern art. It presents the developments in the art world from the 1960s to the present day in four warehouses on the Teerhof peninsula in the Weser river.
Perhaps you prefer the Old Masters to the young guns? The exhibition at Kunsthalle Bremen spans a period from the 15th century to the present day with works by Delacroix, Liebermann, Corinth and Beckmann. It also features an important collection of prints and drawings.
On Böttcherstrasse, you can admire the exquisite red-brick architecture and acquaint yourself with a pioneer of modern painting at the Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum.
The Gerhard Marcks House presents sculpture from the 20th century. The Wilhelm Wagenfeld House opposite bears the name of the German pioneer of industrial design, and sheds light on everyday culture and current design trends. Cultural and natural history are the focus of the Ethnological Museum. To discover more about all the many museums in Bremen, visit the museums section on our website.
Bremen's theatre scene revolves around the Theater am Goetheplatz, Schauspielhaus, Moks youth theatre and the Brauhauskeller. The programme includes opera, operettas, musicals, plays and dance. If you like nothing more than a good murder mystery, be sure to visit Bremen Kriminaltheater which is devoted to thrillers and detective stories. The Metropol Theatre offers an enthralling programme of inhouse and touring productions. With 1,400 seats and some of the most sophisticated stage equipment around, it is one of the most modern venues of its kind. Small, but equally fine, is the Fritz, whose wide-ranging programme encompasses comedy, variety theatre, German schlager and the hilarious opera school. Unique to the German theatre scene is the Bremen Shakespeare Company. The Bremen theatre ship 'Tiefer' has been anchored along the Weser promenade since 2002. The Bürgerpark is the venue for the annual Shakespeare in the Park festival, when Bremen Shakespeare Company performs classics such as Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream under open skies. But that's by no means the only outdoor cultural event to look forward to in Bremen.
Classical music fans will love the Bremen Music Festival with its concert series featuring distinguished orchestras, conductors and soloists. The festival traditionally opens with Eine grosse Nachtmusik in and around the market square. The Summer in Lesmona open-air classical music festival in Knoops Park is hugely popular. It offers music of the highest calibre featuring the German Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and acclaimed solo artists. A picnic and glorious views are part of the experience!
And when it's not summer (which does happen sometimes in Bremen), music fans go to Die Glocke, one of the best three concert halls in Europe in the opinion of Herbert von Karajan. Various concerts featuring the Bremen Philharmonic are among the highlights here.