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  • Day274

    Day 275: Bremen Day-Trip

    November 16, 2017 in Germany

    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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  • Day24

    HanseCamping Bremen

    May 13 in Germany

    Hanse camping http://www.hansecamping.de/ 3 nights/day price €30
    My Rating: TOILET 4* PITCH 3* STAY 3* Had pitch P5
    The pitch is well organised with water and drains. Nice pubs in range of 1,5 km. The site has an Italian Restaurent on site - recommend some of the German restaurants in the neighborhood.Read more

  • Day21

    Bremerhaven

    August 1 in Germany

    Mercredi, 1er août 2018
    Changement de décor aujourd'hui, nous quittons l'idyllique port de Spika pour celui de Bremerhaven. Cette ville nous montre dès l'arrivée sa skyline futuriste. Nous sommes installés sur un aire de cc près d'une double écluse et nous partons à pied en direction du centre ville. Comme il nous faut attendre à l'écluse, nous pouvons déjà admirer le Mediterraneo avec le Klimahaus et au fond l'hôtel Sail City. Un immense shopping-center longe l'ancien port. Nous allons dîner au Mediterraneo, un village italien, fait comme les outlets en Californie. N'empêche, c'était extra! La ville recèle de nombreux musées, il faut choisir. Ça sera le Deutsche Auswandererhaus. Entre 1830 et 1974 sont partis 7 million d'Allemands de Bremerhaven pour le nouveau monde. Chaque visiteur reçoit avec sa carte d'embarquement l'identité d'un voyageur, qu'on peut suivre tout le long de l'exposition, fascinant. La salle d'attente, le quai, le bateau et les conditions spartiates, tout est reconstitué comme aussi le bureau d'immigration à Ellis Iland et la gare centrale ne NY. Dans une seconde partie, on suit un immigré en Allemagne. C'est également très émouvant. Il nous faut tout l'après-midi pour la visite. Pour clore notre tour, nous laissons nous transporter au 20ème étage de l'hôtel Sail City et profitons du panorama exceptionnel. En longeant l'ancien port où se trouvent de nombreux bateaux historiques, qui font partie du musée martime adjacent., nous rejoignons notre cc.Read more

  • Day22

    Bremen

    August 2 in Germany

    Jeudi, 2 août 2018
    Nous enchaînons les villes, aujourd'hui nous nous installons à Bremen (env. 60km au sud), ville et port importants de la Hanse. La place pour cc se trouve sur une île de la Weser, dans une petite forêt. Un ferry pour piétons et vélos nous fait traverser le fleuve et raccourcit ainsi notre trajet pour aller au centre. Nous traversons le Schnoorviertel, le plus ancien quartier de cette ville. La visite détaillée sera pour demain et ça sera la même chose pour le Rathaus, sur la belle place du marché, il nous faut réserver les places pour une visite guidée. Quelle différence avec hier, ici les bâtiments datent du moyen âge! Après le très bon dîner au Kleiner Ratskeller, nous allons voir les emblèmes de Bremen sur la place du marché, la statue de Roland, symbole pour la justice et la liberté, qui a survécu à toutes les guerres et les Bremer Stadtmusikanten. Le Dom Sankt Petri, avec sa belle chaire sculptée et son haut plafond, est impressionnant.Read more

  • Day22

    Bremen

    August 2 in Germany

    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

    Bremen

    August 3 in Germany

    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

  • Day24

    Bremen, Germany

    May 26, 2016 in Germany

    Day 23:

    We lucked out again (as we knock on every accessible wood surface) with the weather on the way to the train station. A light drizzle was actually quite refreshing, plus Danielle got to use her sweet moose scarf from Norway. When we made the reservation for the train a couple days ago, the man at the window recommended that we go first class. And he was right! We had wide, lumbar-supporting seats in a section with only 6 seats *read: no screaming children* A 5 hour ride to Hamburg isn't bad when you're comfortable. What we weren't expecting was the train to board a ferry to travel between Denmark and Germany. That was a pretty neat experience. We had to get off the train while crossing, which gave us a chance to get some fresh air and stretch our legs. Then from Hamburg to Bremen, we had a proper coupé that we shared with an old German couple.

    Feeling pretty fancy arriving to the station, we decided to walk past the famous Park Hotel into Der Bürgerpark. It had to be over a square mile of wild grasses and oak trees, with streams and walking paths passing through. We sat on a bench there and relaxed for probably an hour before moving on to our next airbnb. Which, side note, we have LOVED using! Our host is an alternative medicine healer in a 100 year old house. We were greeted with a friendly tour and hazelnut chocolates on our pillows. We were so excited!

    Since we're in a less touristy city, we figured we'd go out to the most obnoxiously traditional German restaurant. Based almost solely on the name, we ended up going to Edel Weiss. There was a pretzel tree inside, so suffice it to say we were not disappointed. Danielle got about 3 pounds of porkschnitzel on fries, mushrooms, and bacon, and Jason got white asparagus with porkschnitzel, potatoes, and hollandaise. One of, if not THE, best meal we have ever had at a restaurant. Apparently we tipped well, because our waitress said "one moment" and brought us shots of apfel schnapps after we paid. We didn't complain.

    Danielle noticed a sign that said there was a bier fest in Bremen that just so happened to be from May 26-28. What a happy coincidence. After listening to an Australian band at the train station for a little bit, we wandered to the city center, following the music. Dozens of beer tents were out (including Stone Berlin!) and a German country music band was playing. We were able to try beer from a Bremen-based brewery that we really enjoyed!

    It may not be at the top of the travel list for most people, but 2 days may not be enough here for us.
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  • Day25

    Bremen, Germany pt II

    May 27, 2016 in Germany

    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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