Alte Neustadt

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  • Day40

    Day 40. Bremen, Germany

    September 13, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Horst drove to bring Vera to us for breakfast. Nice leisurely breakfast together.
    Off for a walk in Bremen. We went to the Market Square. I bought 5 figs for 2€. This main square is surrounded with magnificent buildings. The statue of Roland has been cleaned so we had another photo with him. Also a photo holding the feet for good luck of the Bremen Musicians (famous Grimms fairy tale about being able to achieve more if you work as a team with others than as an individual and being able to cope better if surrounded with friends).
    We walked to the Böttcherstrasse Museum to see the top floor hall used by the SS to train in the Spiritualism of Atlantis however it is closed until Sunday while they set up for an exhibition “Ich bin Ich” by Paula Modersohn-Becker.
    The Bremen Roland is a statue of Roland, erected in 1404. It stands in the market square of Bremen, Germany, facing the cathedral, and shows Roland, paladin of the first Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne and hero of the Battle of Roncevaux Pass.
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  • Day40

    Day 40b. Bremen, Germany

    September 13, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    In the Faulenviertel by the City Hall is the copper Trumpet Musician Statue.
    The story behind the trumpeter is that he saved the residents from a devastating city fire by blowing his trumpet through the streets and waking up everyone.
    The Bremen City Hall is the seat of the President of the Senate and Mayor of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. It is one of the most important examples of Brick Gothic architecture in Europe.
    Dinner at Paulaners on the Schlachte with Margret and Jochen. Then a lovely walk walk back through the city.
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  • Day58

    Day 58. The Schnoor, Bremen, Germany

    October 1, 2019 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    Last day in Bremen sadly. Time to pack.
    Last walk in the Bremen town, Markt Platz, Dom Hof Platz and The Schnoor.
    Bremen's oldest district, the Schnoor quarter, is a maze of lanes lined with little 15th and 16th century houses.
    Schnoor being Low German for Schnur (string).
    Schnoor is a neighbourhood in the medieval centre and the only part of it that has preserved a Medieval character. The neighbourhood owes its name to old handicrafts associated with shipping. The alleys between the houses were often associated with occupations or objects. There was an area in which ropes and cables were produced (string = Schnoor) and a neighboring area, where wire cables and anchor chains were manufactured (wire = Wieren).
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  • Day20

    Day 20: Bremen

    July 28, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    This morning is our departure day, but before taking the train, we join Heike to the shelter where she loyally volunteers every Sunday. We are surprised at how big and well organized it is (they can receive up to 500 cats, but there are all types of animals there!). The dogs there are mostly Staffordshire-typed because of the law banning these breeds in Hamburg. We wish them all to find better homes and would have loved to adopt a cat (he would be black and named Cayetano), but sadly our backpacks barely have room for our food. It is time to say goodbye to Heike our wonderful host (she is not that small in real life, we are just giants), before hopping on the train again.

    Our first stop of the day is Bremen which we largely have time to visit in the few our we have. The whole town is themed around the fairy tale "The Town Musicians of Bremen", and the merchandising of such towns (just like Odense) makes us chuckle. We admire the quaint center, watch the hour change as the bells ring at the Glockenspiel and walk through the narrow streets of the Schnoor neighborhood. Mikel gives it another chance at being a model.

    We return to the train station, eating blueberries on the way, and the best strawberries ever tasted in my whole life (not even competing to be the best)!
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  • Day274

    Day 275: Bremen Day-Trip

    November 16, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Another day, another day-trip! Our new "hub and spoke" model of travelling means that we'll be doing quite a few of these over the next couple of months. Makes way more sense this way since we don't have a car. So off we went again, on the train out of Hamburg headed south-west towards the city of Bremen.

    Bremen is another of the northern German "Hanseatic League" cities that was very important for trading during the middle ages and Renaissance. Many of the buildings in town date from this era. But the WHS here is actually quite small - it's just the town hall, in constant use and largely unchanged since the 13th century, and a Roland statue out the front which I'll explain later.

    Arrived at the station, walked the 10 minutes down to the main square and checked out the town hall. It's not super large, but has a very impressive facade with lots of statues, coats of arms and other decorations. There's also a cute statue of the "Bremen Town Musicians", from a Brothers Grimm fairy tale about four animals escaping death at the hands of their masters and running away to become court musicians in Bremen. Weird.

    The interior of the town hall is apparently super impressive, and they offer day trips - but it was closed today! It still gets booked for functions and official business etc, and there was only one day in November the tours were available - and it wasn't today! Damn.

    Finished up our filming of the town hall and also did a piece about the Roland. This is a large statue just in front of the town hall, of a paladin named Roland - a knight in the service of Charlemagne. He was a very popular figure in the middle ages and the medieval periods, and in northern Germany is seen as a defender of the independence of city-states and so on. This statue is quite deliberately placed facing the main cathedral in town, defending the council administration against religious encroachment. This particular statue was built of stone, and had apparently stood since 1404. Pretty cool!

    Since we couldn't tour the town hall, we made up for it by having lunch in the wine cellar restaurant underneath the building! They were doing lunch specials which made it nicely affordable - only about 8 euros per main which is good value.

    After lunch we wandered around the old town as there was quite a bit to see! A cool little area called Böttcherstraße, with a bunch of really interesting art noveaux shop-fronts. Plus they had a glockenspiel playing melodies every hour which was quite nice! Another area known as the Schnoor which had a whole lot of twisting alley-ways and very old small buildings. Nice to get lost in!

    There was still other stuff to see, but by mid-afternoon we decided to head back to Hamburg on the train. Only a 40 minute ride, and we then settled in for the long, dark evening.
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  • Day22


    August 2, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Jeudi, 2 août 2018 bis

    La Böttcherstrasse, attire les foules touristiques. Le relief doré "Le Lichtbringer" nous y conduit. Cette ruelle était au moyen âge habité par les tonneliers, d'où son nom. L'état des maisons au début du siècle passé était catastrophique. En 1921 c'est Ludwig Roselius, inventeur du café HAG (décaféiné), qui achète toute la rue et charge un architecte avec la rénovation ou la reconstruction en style "art nouveau" de l'ensemble. Une des maison est dès lors destinée à accueillir la riche collection de tableaux d'ancien maîtres par ex. plusieurs Cranach, le tout agrémenté avec des meubles et des objets de l'époque. La maison voisine abrite une riche collection de la peintre Paula Modersohn-Becker, représentante de l'expressionnisme allemand. Dans une petite cour se trouve la fontaine "les sept paresseux", représentant des garçons qui au lieu d'aller puiser de l'eau dans le fleuve, avait foré la fontaine. A chaque heure pleine, un carillon de cloches en porcelaine, attire les visiteurs avec ses mélodies et une porte dans la tour montre des tableaux avec les explorateurs du nouveau monde. Nous rejoignons pour finir notre visite, les bords de la Weser, la Schlachte, l'ancien port de Bremen. Nous attendons, sous un soleil puissant, notre ferry. Un accident de baignade a mobilisé plein de sauveteurs. Nous sommes en pensée avec cette famille, qui a perdu son petit garçon.Read more

  • Day23


    August 3, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Vendredi, 3 août 2018
    En premier ce matin, nous cherchons le guichet pour les tickets de spectacles. La plupart des théâtres est en pause, mais il y a pendant l'été un "Theaterschiff" qui propose des comédies. Nous allons voir ce soir une parodie sur une émission TV culte dans les années 70-80 en Allemagne: Die Hitparade. Avec nos tickets achetés hier, nous nous rendons au Rathaus. La visite de cette vénérable bâtisse du 17ème est très intéressante. Il y travaillent encore aujourd'hui 80 personnes. Une des immenses salles a servie après la guerre comme siège du parlement, Bremen est comme Hamburg, une ville-état. Le Güldene Zimmer, richement décorée, ne sert plus que pour des mariages; les invités de l'union qui sera célébrée tout à l'heure, attendent justement devant la porte. Vu la canicule, nous nous rendons dans un resto japonais (climatisé), que nous avons reperé hier dans la Böttcherstrasse. L'église de Saint Jean, bâtiment en briques rouges, est étonnement clair et lumineuse à l'intérieur, superbe. Nous voulions visiter le Geschichtenhaus, une maison dans le quartier historique de Schnoor, où des acteurs nous racontent l'histoire en "life". Mais que nenni, ils n'en peuvent plus, c'est trop chaud. Nous allons donc savourer une glace et retournons pour la sieste au cc. Il fera certainement un peu moins chaud ce soir à l'heure du spectacle.Read more

  • Day25

    Bremen, Germany pt II

    May 27, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Day 24:

    Today we were able to sleep in a bit and picked up some pastries (which were nowhere near the quality of Scandinavian pastries... but they were from a train station, so we'll have the difficult task of tasting more) and coffee before heading into town.

    We don't even know where to begin with the sights in Bremen. Its such a small town, but its packed with our favorites: stunning old buildings and open parks. Just the train station alone was built in the mid 1800s and looks magnificent. First on our list to visit was the St Petri Dom, a massive 2 tower cathedral that's on all of the souvenirs from Bremen. But of course, on the way we get excited by the sight of a huge tower and decide to follow that to be slightly disappointed. It led us to the Gemeinde Unser Lieben Frauen Kirche, which we're sure is beautiful, but was under construction and covered in scaffolding and plastic. Thanks to our dear friend, Google, we're sort of bummed that we didn't get to see the church. The first church on the site was built in the NINTH century! But of course war destroyed the building, then it was rebuilt, just to get burned down again, over and over. So its hard to know when the actual parts that remain were put in place, but still... that's just baffling.

    Continuing on, by which we mean taking 15 or so steps, we narrowly avoided being pushed in front of a tram by an old couple and entered the Marktplatz. Our backs were to the Bremer Rathaus (town hall), and we were facing, get this, Handelskammer Bremen - Industrie und Handelskammer für Bremen und Bremerhaven. Yes. The most German name possible for the chamber of commerce. The building itself, Haus Schütting, and the "IHK" have vast histories in and of themselves, but we can't go THAT deep into a history lesson... but the building is from the mid 1500s and has awesome gold detailing. Inside the marketplace was the statue of Roland, a stone figure built in 1404 depicting one of Charlemagne's bossiest warriors, said to be guarding the city.

    Once we had a chance to turn around and see the Rathaus, despite some construction, it was an incredible gothic building from the early 13th century. Through some of the coverings, we could see figures of different emperors and other important people, making another call to the Holy Roman Empire. That starts to put into perspective how massive the empire really was, before any modern transportation. Completely insane.

    Right around the corner, we got our first look at what brought us to the city, the St Petri Dom. Its easy to see why that is the trademark of the city, it seriously takes your breath away. And that was just the outside. Inside, the detail and preservation was impressive. They even had the original hand carved wooden doors displayed on a wall. 3 sets of massive pipe organs, open halls, and a dungeonesque room of silence in the basement that seriously looked fake. Like something at Medieval Times. Its impossible to describe, and even harder to capture in a picture the scale of everything, yet if you look closely, the details are all so fine. And to think, it was built in 789. A THREE digit year! It was built closer to the time Jesus was on earth than us. Of course, being built in the middle ages, it was burned, smashed, ransacked, and pissed on for hundreds of years, leaving the earliest parts still remaining being from about the 11th century.

    Next, we went to Böttcherstraße, this weird, artistic street built in the 20s. It was definitely interesting, but very strange. Bricks stacking out from the walls, twists and turns, and everything is made in an expressionist style. Funny fact: the entrance has a large golden art piece called the Bringer of Light. It was built to represent Hilter, but he disagreed with their love of the Nordic people so he never accepted it. Which is probably why the art piece still exists today. So we can thank the Nordic people again!

    We were in need of some of Bremen's finest, and we knew we were near another iconic street, so we made our way to Schnoor. It was originally the poor end of town in the middle ages, and ironically is the best preserved portion of housing from the era. Being a historically poor area made Schnoor a less than prime target during the world wars, which, history lesson, was the worst for a community in Germany. Essentially taxes had to be paid for NOT having your house destroyed. So the residents moved out of the already dilapidated houses and were replaced by restaurants and businesses that now sell goofy souvenirs to tourists. But the area is amazingly preserved as exactly what you would imagine as classic German houses.

    Leaving Schnoor, we came across the Propsteikirche St. Johann. Its a 14th century monastery church. Of course it was beautiful, of course we touched the bricks, but the crown jewel of the church is said to be the pipe organ. Unfortunately, with the upturn in the economy, everything under construction. We don't mind, because that is preserving these beautiful buildings for future generations, but we would've liked to have seen the inside. We then wandered upon the Sankt Martini Kirche. Story time. Basically, the citizens of the town said they were sick of everything in the city being militaristic and they wanted more churches. So whatever head of the church set out plans to build. It was the early 13th century, and most of the original building remains. There was a docent there when we went through the church, and he was so enthusiastic about everything that we just couldn't break to him that we didn't understand a word he said. ...other than detailed, which it definitely was.

    As we made our way back to the city center, we caught something we had lost in the awe of everything, the Bremer Stadtmusikanten. Its a relatively new sculpture depicting the characters of a fairy tale called, of course, the Town Musicians of Bremen. The characters in the story at no point were in Bremen, but it was written by the Brothers Grimm, so they can do whatever they please... After all, the did write Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow Qite, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, and any other classic Disney film you could think of. We rubbed the donkey's hoof to have a wish come true, and moved on. Its fun to see iconic sculptures such as those, but no need to linger.

    We had seen that Am Wall was a sight to see, as well, but we got distracted by the park along Am Wall street and ended up taking a nap on the grass next to a huge windmill. Turns out the windmill was actually built on top of an old gate tower, from when the city was surrounded by ramparts. We didn't end up looking at the houses on Am Wall, partially because we didn't really look in depth into what was special about them. They are houses built on and integrating the medieval wall. We're not sure how apparent that it, but its still a pretty cool fact.

    We went to the Bier Fest again, but instead of country, it was some pretty crazy rock band. We ended up talking to an older German couple who were very passionate about American craft beer and apparently make a biannual trip to California.

    It was another very busy day, with a whole bunch of walking. Luckily, our bodies are getting used to the walking, so its just funny to look at the step counter when we get home, saying we walked 10 miles!
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