If you happen to be planning a trip to Bremen this December, it’s worth making time to attend the biggest festive event and cultural highlight of the year, the Bremen Christmas market.
I used to feel like the better German Christmas markets were the bigger and more well-known ones like Nuremberg and Munich, but actually, Bremen has one of the finest Christmas markets and decorated squares in Germany. It’s clear the city prides itself on putting on an incredible event.
Bremen Christmas Market 2019
Bremen Christmas Market dates: 25th November to 23rd December 2019
Location: Market Square in the centre of the historic old town.
Reason to visit: The location in Bremen’s beautiful Hanseatic era main square. Fewer crowds than elsewhere.
Specialties: Freshly baked bread, smoked fish, scented candles and the decorated riverside promenade.
Travel tip: Visit the winter village at Schlachthof for fair trade and vegan food.
Recommended tour: Bremen Christmas Market tour. A tour of the historic streets and market stalls by a local guide.
Where to stay: H+ Hotel for its location and cute decor depicting the history and sights of Bremen.
Winter events: Go ice skating on Sedanplatz.
Bremen weather in winter: Temperatures average 5°C / 0°C (high / low) in December.
Plan your trip: Resources to plan your Christmas holiday or winter break.
Things to Do in Bremen in Winter
Bremen has a number of Christmas markets open in November and December.
- Market Square – The historic location of the main Christmas market with Hanseatic buildings and the World Heritage listed Roland statue.
- Bremen Embankment – Festival events and decorative stalls light up the river promenade in winter.
- Lloyd Passage – A Scandinavian Christmas market in Bremen.
- Neustadt – Christmas lights, art and culture.
Other things to do in Bremen in winter:
- Bremen Town Musicians – Bremen’s four fairytale animals are known around the world. See the famous statue in front of the State Parliament building and visit the donkey’s grave on Böttcherstrasse.
- Gothic Town Hall and Roland Statue – World Heritage listed cultural sights in the centre of Bremen.
- Schnoor Quarter – The pretty, narrow cobblestone streets away from the grand square is home to little shops and cafes.
- Böttcherstrasse – An artistic street with restaurants, cafes, museums, artisan shops and the famous Meissen porcelain bells.
Map of Bremen
If you have visited Bremen in December or Christmas in Germany and would like to share your experience, leave a comment below.
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