Every building tells a story - the old quarter and Schlachte Embankment
Let iconic historical buildings be your guide as you explore Bremen's beautiful old quarter and the Weser embankment.
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Discover all that Bremen has to offer and find out more about its most important buildings. You can identify these sights from the grey information boards positioned along the walking route. These boards also feature QR codes – simply scan the code with your smartphone to open this page and the route map or a Wikipedia page with further details.
Market square, west side
The route begins at the Sparkasse bank near the Kontorhaus building on the market square, where the tourist information office is located. Follow the gabled buildings towards the statue of the Bremen Town Musicians.
Liebfrauenkirchhof square, shopping streets and arcades
Carry on past Gerhard Marcks' statue of the Bremen Town Musicians on the western side of the town hall and continue around the Church of Our Lady. The path then leads you straight into the city centre shopping paradise. At the sign in the Katharinenklosterhof courtyard, take a look to your left, where a restaurant has been built within the remaining abbey walls.
- Old town hall (additional information board)
- Church of our Lady
- Karstadt department store
- German bank at Domshof
- Forum Domshof
Between the cathedral and ramparts
After the cathedral, continue in the direction of the Wallanlagen – formerly the city's defences and now a public park offering peace and quiet in the heart of town.
Cultural mile, Ostertor district
Wallanlagen Park is a treasure trove of art and culture and it also marks the starting point of the trendy Ostertor district. The route takes you round past the Kunsthalle art gallery and up to the Altmannshöhe – a memorial built in 1935 in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the First World War. The view of the Weser and the 'upside-down dresser' (the old water tower) is your reward for walking up the hill.
The narrow lanes and squares of Bremen's oldest district, the Schnoor, are well worth a detour or a visit at another time. Please note: the passageway 'Hinter der Balge' may be closed in the evening.
Domsheide, Grasmarkt square, market square
- Ehemaliges Hauptpostamt
- St. Peter’s Cathedral
- New town hall
- Old town hall
- The Schütting
- The house of the Bürgerschaft
Along Böttcherstrasse you can find individual information boards that explain the sights along this famous street.
Schlachte Embankment, Teerhof peninsula
- The Schlachte - The historical Schlachte harbour district
- Historical Schlachte docks - Gelbe Wuppe and iron crane
- Neues Museum Weserburg
- Historical Schlachte docks - Great Schlachte crane
The route continues along Langenstrasse, which leads back to the tourist information office and on to the market square.
Cultural mile, Ostertor district
If the incline is too steep, you can take a shortcut directly behind the Kunsthalle art gallery.
The passageways around the Katzen-Café are very restricted. Please approach directly via Wüstestätte square.
At the Landherrnamt building, instead of the stairs that lead directly to the main post office, you can take the detour that leads around the bank building on Domsheide.
Schlachte Embankment, Teerhof
The Lower Schlachte Embankment is accessible via various ramps at the rear of St. Martin's Church and next to the distinctive, brightly coloured youth hostel; at Teerhofbrücke bridge there is a lift, but this is only accessible from the Upper Schlachte Embankment. To reach the Schlachte Embankment information boards:
at the end of Böttcherstrasse cross over Martinistrasse and go past St. Martin's Church, keeping it on your right, and head towards the ramp. On the Lower Schlachte Embankment you'll find the information boards about the Schlachte in general and, if you are able to go up a few steps, the one about the Gelbe Wuppe hoist. Further on is the information board for the Great Schlachte crane. Go back towards the ramp in order to reach the Upper Schlachte Embankment and, further on, Teerhofbrücke bridge.
This project is brought to you by the Bremen State Office for Heritage Management together with the Bremen Wikipedia community. For detailed information in German visit the heritage monument database and the Wikipedia page 'List of heritage monuments in Bremen'.
Find out more about the history of Bremen.