Leisure & Shopping
Bremen and Bremerhaven offer a variety of sports and leisure activities, and we have gathered a few recommendations for you.
University Gym: The University gym offers an inexpensive way to stay in shape. It has a large selection of sports activities and group classes to choose from such as soccer, swimming and dancing. Keep in mind that the registration is on a first come, first served basis, late registration is only possible if there are spots open.
Sports clubs: There is a large number of sports clubs and gyms in Bremen and Bremerhaven that offer the following sports and more: tennis, squash, badminton, handball, soccer, vollyball, basketball, dance, horseback riding, gymnastics, judo, boxing, karate, swimming, track and field, fitness, canoeing, rowing. The Sport Association of Bremen has a database of sports clubs to choose from categorized by offers and region.
Bicycle tours in Bremen: You will find beautiful bike routes in and around Bremen. Maps of these routes can be found on the website of ADFC (German Bicycling Club) or at bookstores. ADFC offers many services that include but are not limited to bike tours and bicycle classes for adults.
Because of its locatiion, canoe excursions are very popular in Bremen. The Bremen Canoeing Association has an online map with canoe excursion routes in and around Bremen. Canoes can be borrowed from canoe clubs.
Guided Tours: Bremen and Bremerhaven offer a variety of guided tours to explore the cities, and you can book them through Bremen Tourism Office. The customer service office is located in Böttcherstrasse 4 (Glockenspiel house), close to the market square and the famous Bremen Town Musicians. You can choose between tours of the city, Town Tall, Ratskeller Restaurant, Mercedez-Benz factory and more.
Bremen and Bremerhaven have a number of large and small event venues. Some of them are listed below:
ÖVB-Arena Bremen: Concerts, shows, sports, and special events. This arena holds about 14,000 people.
Stadthalle Bremerhaven: Concerts, sports, shows
Die Glocke – The Bremen Concert Hall: With its 75 years of history, Die Glocke is the musical center of Bremen. Among other things, it is famous for its excellent acoustics.
Schlachthof Culture Centre: This cultural center attracts people from across the country for concerts, comedy, book readings, and children's theater.
St. Petri Cathedral: Musical highlights of the cathedral include symphonies and classical music.
Weser Stadium: The Weser-Stadium is the home field of the football team 'Werder Bremen'. Located on the Weser river, it holds over 37,000 fans. The home games are often sold out.
In Germany, business hours for stores and shopping centers are regulated by law. Most stores open between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a. m. and close between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p. m. Most stores (especially grocery stores) work reduced hours on Saturdays and are closed on Sundays. Most gas stations and stores near the central train stations operate 24 hours a day.
Shopping in Bremen: Bremen has large department stores, as well as small boutiques. There are parking garages near the shopping centers for customers' use. On specific days shops are also open on Sundays. The Weserpark in the east, the Waterfront in the west and the Mediterraneo in Bremerhaven are the largest shopping malls in Bremen.
There are two popular flea markets in Bremen:
- Bürgerweide Flea Market: For the last 20 years, this flea market has offered antiques, modern goods, and oddities. The Bürgerweide flea market is located at the train station and runs every Sunday from 7:00 a. m. until 2:00 p.m.
- Antique and Flea Market at the Weser River: This flea market has a long tradition and is open from 8:00 a.m. until -2:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
When it comes to dining out, Bremen and Bremerhaven have a variety of choices. There is something to fit every taste whether you are looking to try food native to North Germany or prefer international cuisine.
The local daily newspaper - the Weser-Kurier - has an online database of restaurants recommended by restaurant testers.
In Bremen and Bremerhaven there are also many possibilities to have food or drink delivered to your home. We have compiled an overview for you here.
Furthermore, we created a "Quick Dictionary" with translations of most basic products to help you with your first times shopping in German supermarkets.
Bremen and Bremerhaven have many cultural institutions and museums, large or small, traditional or modern. Here are a few highlights:
Bremen Kunsthalle: This art museum displays 600 years of art history including painting, sculpture, print, and media. Some of the most impressive masterpieces are the special exhibitions of Claude Monet and Edvard Munch.
Bremen Overseas Museum: This natural history and ethnographic museum has multiple exhibitions of nature, culte and more. With its permanent exhibitions relating to overseas regions, this museum invites you to explore foreign worlds and history.
Art collections on Böttcherstraße: The Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum and the Museum in the Roselius-Building. The Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum is the first museum dedicated to a female artist. Not only are her paintings exhibited here, but one of Bernhard Hoetgers' collections as well. The Roselius-Building houses late medieval art and home decor of the middle class of the time, as well as silver treasures from Riga.
Focke-Museum: This is the museum of history for the city and state of Bremen, and hosts its history of the past 1200 years. A park surrounds the historic buildings.
Universum Bremen: An interactive science museum with over 250 exhibits, a discovery park and special exhibitions in the SchauBox.
Bremen Botanical Museum: Discover fascinating plants and asiatic landscapes.
German Emigration Museum in Bremerhaven: Europe's largest Emigration Museum. Visitors can follow in the footsteps of the more than 7 million people who emigrated overseas via Bremerhaven.
Klimahaus Bremerhaven 8° Ost: Offers a unique experience of climates around the world. You will experience the earth's climate zones and get an opportunity to speak with people who have lived in those climate zones.
German Maritime Museum in Bremerhaven: Situated directly on the port of the Weser peninsula, the German Maritime Museum offers an exhibition of large maritime objects on land and a lot more.
Goetheplatz Theater and the New Playhouse: This theater venue's programme includes operas, operettas, concerts and plays. The Bremen theater gallery is also located here and hosts temporary exhibitiions.
Bremen Musical Theater: This theater hosts short term events such as musicals, circuses, and other shows.
Bremer Shakespeare Company: Founded in 1983, the Bremer Shakespear Company offers performances of William Shakespear's plays.
At the Bremen movie theaters movies are generally translated into German. There are, however, many independent movie theaters that play the movies in their original language with German subtitles.
Sprachcafe's offer the possibility to actively exchange with different people. Speaking in a local environment helps a lot learning a new language. In Bremen there are several Sprachcafe's with different focuses. Here you can find an overview of the different cafés (unfortunately only in german).