Bremen for sports fans
Football and beyond
The fans' chant of 'green and white for life' echoes out from the Weser Stadium when Werder Bremen, one of the Bundesliga's most famous clubs, celebrates another memorable victory. Though a footballing city to its core, Bremen has a great deal to offer fans of others sports.
The ÖVB Arena hosts world championships in hip-hop, table tennis, handball and dancing as well as enthralling matches involving the Bremen Roosters basketball team.
And they're off! On race days at the racecourse in Vahr, the horses provide a spectacle full of surprises and the perfect opportunity to place a wager or two! Another sporting highlight is Bremen's annual six-day cycle race. The cycling pros complete their fast-paced laps during the day, and in the evening there is a big party in the Halle 7 arena.
First held in 2005, the annual swb marathon is one of the biggest sporting occasions in Bremen and is ideal if you want to work up a sweat yourself. In the Bürgerpark, Bremen's 'green lungs', those who prefer things a bit more relaxed can go jogging, play mini golf and table tennis, or try out rowing or Nordic walking. New challenges and plenty of fresh air can also be enjoyed at the first-class golf courses in and around Bremen.
Walking and cycling are other great ways to explore our Hanseatic city. The Bremen City Cycle Route, for example, runs past major sights such as the ethnological museum, the UNESCO World Heritage town hall and Roland statue on the market square, the Schnoor quarter, the Weser Stadium and Universum Bremen. A free flyer to help you get your bearings is available from the Tourist Information office.
The MINI Bremen Skate Night offers an entirely different kind of sightseeing tour. On the first Tuesday of the month from May to September, inline skaters take over the city centre. Everyone's in a good mood, there's music to enjoy and it's all free – what a way to see the best of Bremen by night!
Budding racing drivers can indulge in their passion at the BB go-kart track in Gröpelingen. Eleven bends and 600 metres of asphalt promise adrenalin-fuelled fun and lots of thrills and spills. Knocking down the pins is the aim of the game at Strikee's (Kristallpalast and Findorff) and at bowl 'n fun (main train station). Not only is bowling great fun, but it's also an activity that all ages can enjoy.
If it gets too hot during the summer months in Bremen, swimming baths such as the Südbad, the Stadionbad and Freizeitbad Vegesack are ideal places to cool off. Or if you want to get active in winter, why not try ice-skating at the 'Paradice'? This indoor ice sports centre in Walle offers two indoor rinks and hosts fab ice discos.