Aparthotel in Breme
Bremen stands on the river Weser in northwest Germany and is one of the country's flagship UNESCO World Heritage cities. Located at the heart of the state of Lower Saxony, Bremen is an essential place to visit for lovers of architecture and German history. The city has a rich history stretching back over more than 1,000 years, much of it spent as an independent city-state, which has imbued it with a unique character amongst German cities. Today, its buildings and monuments stand as testimony to its history, and there are several sights to see and visit that help the visitor gain an appreciation of the city's cultural roots.
Bremen is an essential place to visit
The imposing statue of Roland, the symbol of the city
Standing with pride of place at the market square since 1404, the statue, as its description suggests, symbolises the freedom of Bremen. Roland was a celebrated Frankish military leader charged with defending the border against various sets of invaders. He remains particularly famous for his sword, Durendal, and the famous song that bears his name. It was under the name "Roland of Germany" that his statue was commissioned by the region's townspeople, conscious of the need to reaffirm their freedom and liberty. In 2004, UNESCO added this imposing 5½ metre (18 ft) tall statue to its list of World Heritage Sites, describing it and the town hall as "outstanding representations of civic autonomy and sovereignty, as these developed in the Holy Roman Empire in Europe."
Bremen Cathedral, a masterpiece of early Gothic architecture
On the opposite side of the market square, facing the statue of Roland, stands Bremen Cathedral. Dedicated to Saint Peter, it has stood regally occupying this dominant position in the city since the 11th century. An imposing building, it subtly balances bricks and huge vaults with epochally characteristic sculptures. The museum housed inside it has many relics on display along with several tombstones.
The town hall: heir to the city's style
A building surprising for its large openings and impressive for the detailed sculptures on its façade. First designed in the 15th century then later added to and enhanced in the 17th century, the town hall houses numerous treasures in the form of a collection of paintings and tapestries. The guided tour is an amazing experience.
The BürgerPark: perfect for nature lovers
Nestling right at the heart of the city, this is one of the country's verdant lungs and breathing spaces. Extending over an area of 200 hectares (around 500 acres), and containing rich wildlife and lush plants and trees, the park offers activities such as canal-side walks, bicycle rides and crazy golf, or can be visited simply as a place to spend a few moments away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
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