Bremen and Worpswede

A weekend to visit family in Bremen.

After visiting Munich we continued north across the pastoral plains of Germany to reach Bremen, where Pam has relatives.   We changed trains in Hannover (with the requisite joke about our “return to Hanover”), where met Andy after his arrival from Zürich.  Although the skies were grey, the onward train to Bremen passed through pretty countryside. Check out the gallery and read on.

The Schnoor is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Bremen, with tiny houses packed side-by-side.

On arrival we checked into our hotel – actually, the tall ship Alexander von Humboldt, now docked permanently and converted into a restaurant and hotel.  Our quarters were tight but comfortable, if you don’t mind squeezing down a narrow ladder backward.

The tall ship “Alexander von Humbolt”, our hotel in Bremen.

We spent a lovely evening with family, then reconvened yesterday morning for a walking tour of old-town Bremen.  Despite a light drizzle, it was a fascinating chance to tour this 1200-year-old city and its historic medieval district.  One highlight was a delightful carillon: “With its 30 bells of Meissen porcelain, the carillon (Glockenspiel) chimes three times a day while wooden panels depicting pioneering seafarers and aviators appear on a rotating mechanism inside the tower” [Wikipedia]. [More].

The carillion on Böttcherstrasse in Bremen – unusual due to its ceramic bells.

In the afternoon we drove to the village of Worpswede, on the outskirts of Bremen, to visit another family home, the cemetary, an art museum, and a fine dinner at the old train station.

A wheat field in Worpswede.

Today, the skies were clear and the sunshine bright as I walked to an early-morning train, giving me another perspective on this historic downtown. Be sure to check out the gallery.

Windmill in Bremen, seen from the old Bremen moat.

Author: dfkotz

David Kotz is an outdoor enthusiast, traveller, husband, and father of three. He is also a Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth College.

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