Leisure & Shopping
Bremen offers 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 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 offers a variety of guided tours to explore the city, 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 has 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.
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, Haven Höövt in the north 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 has 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.