For families: Buzzing Bremen
Would you like to travel around the world in 80 minutes? Then simply head for Bremen Ethnological Museum, which is known far beyond Bremen's borders. Here, Oceania and Asia are just a few display cases away from each other. Just a stone's throw from the main train station, the museum has been presenting exhibits relating to ethnology, the history of trade and natural history for 100 years, and now also features a number of modern interactive displays. 'Discover what's changing the world' is the title of the latest permanent exhibition, which looks at topical issues such as migration and climate change.
If you are visiting Bremen on a Sunday between May and the end of September, you'd better hurry along to Domshof, the square next to St. Peter's Cathedral. Here, you and your children can watch the Bremen Town Musicians tell their story on an open-air stage. Afterwards there is a special guided tour of the city for children based on the game 'I spy with my little eye'. They'll discover sights such as the 'Hole of Bremen', an underground donation box. When you insert a coin, the Bremen Town Musicians inside start to play.
Now you can head for one of the many restaurants in the city centre or stop off for a bite to eat at a stall selling bratwurst. If you are still at Bremen Ethnological Museum, why not enjoy a snack at the museum restaurant? It's well worth visiting the museum shop on your way out, especially if you are looking for a more exotic souvenir.
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By now the kids will probably want to let off some steam. If you walk through the main train station and across the Bürgerweide grounds, you'll come to the edge of the Bürgerpark. This extensive park has four well-equipped play areas and a petting zoo, home to fallow deer, mountain goats, sheep, ducks and Bentheim pigs. For many younger visitors, however, the guinea pigs are the star attraction.
In summer, you may find it difficult to tear your little ones away from the park – especially on Tuesdays and Thursdays when the regional sports federation puts on a daily activity programme from 3.30 to 6.30pm (also in the mornings during the summer holidays). Another big attraction for the young and young at heart is the La Strada street circus festival in August. For a while now, the festival which lasts for several days has included special children's performances in its programme. .
When planning your visit, be aware that many museums and other attractions close for one day during the week (usually Monday).