Deutschland: Bremen... Danke Für Alles!
By the time I got to Bremen's Hauptbahnhof I was looking for another full packed day of sightseeing, but something told me that I wouldn't be changing U-Bahn lines all day. You're asking, why Bremen? Located one hour away by train from Hamburg's central railway station I just couldn't say no! Beer, small winding German streets and a small city feel, Bremen served!
Bremen greeted me with a usual blanket of fog, but I had faith that sunnier climbs and blue skies would find me eventually. I'm going to be honest to the core, I wanted to see some quintessential German architecture! As the St.Petri Dom and Amarkt both came into view, my request had full been granted. I didn't do my research with Bremen but it didn't take me a lot to work out that the cathedral featured to the left had endured those war years! With the earliest records of a church on the foundations of the cathedral dating back to the late 700s, it was like a history lesson in real life motion! Yes B! The whole Amarkt area hit me for the walkway from the Hauptbahnhof conveyed a concrete frame of mind. The buildings by the train station didn't survive the bombings of WWII but that was that. Embrace the fusion between old and new, sure Bremen showcased the perfect balance! G, I was ready for my third city!
Danke Für Alles? I've gone all German again! I just wanted to say 'Thanks for Everything!' Bremen had showed me a slice of Germany, I wasn't dreaming! I never originally planned to visit Bremen but with another cheap deal from Germany's national rail I couldn't say no! I wanted to have some proper German chocolate but like I mentioned before I take frugal to a whole new level so I kept some chocolate that I had bought from a Lidl Supermarket in Berlin, I beg to you it was still German! My German trip was so fast I just wanted to take as much in as possible during my short time. Remembering Bremen makes me think of not having to take any public transport at all! I had to dodge the Dutch market that was held in the square behind Bremen's Cathedral, it really didn't impress me much. Back to Amarkt where I noticed a parade of bars that tastefully endorsed the local brew of Beck's, I had a duty to stop by for a few German beers before I headed back to the train station.
Dinner time approached fast so I looked for the Schnoor, a series of streets that date back to the 15th Century that were literally prettier than a picture I was a little bit in love by what I saw! By this time in my Germanic adventure I hadn't really eaten at a completely German restaurant or pub so my final day was a challenge to find some top quality honest German grub and beer! Choosing 'Kaiser Friedrich' had to be the one for it looked the part I tell you! With its wooden-clad interior and friendly German hospitality I was in the right place for a hearty meal and drink. Choosing the Frikadeller with a mushroom creamy sauce that was served with mashed potatoes, I choose to drink a pint of Holsten because it would been rude not to! I was the only Brit in the whole place for the conversations were completely German! Built in 1635 I was dining at a true Schnoor establishment. Wirklich erstaunlich Bremen! So tasty!
I got comfortable at the Kaiser Friedrich within Bremen's Schnoor until some rude lady asked if she could have my table in German, I was like no! Aside from that lady's display of pure rudeness, I had enjoyed my time at the Kaiser Friedrich pub. Sei nett zu anderen! I didn't hang around much after I had finished my meal for I wanted to make the most of the Schnoor whilst things fared to be relatively quiet for people annoy me when a sight looks as good as the Schnoor did. Bremen's Schnoor was chocolate box chic and somewhat reminded me of the scenes out of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! I also find it quite aggravating to take photos when people are taking their sweet time doing whatever they please whilst I'm trying to be patient to take that photo, one which could make or break a blog. Time didn't pose to be of any essence that day, I made the most of the Schnoor and even had time to pop back to Amarkt to take some more snaps. Trust in Bremen for its authenticity! B, I miss that place!
Bremen wasn't the place for modern skyscrapers, that was good for me! I was nearing the final part of my day in Bremen and wanted to see something new! From the winding streets of the Schnoor to another suitable sight within Bremen's historical quarter. Böttcherstrasse is a charming street that's made up of coffee shops, museums and the daily song of the famous Glockenspiel. At the front of Böttcherstrasse there is the 'Lichtbringer' a gold-plated mural that marked the entrance to Bremen's secret main street, a sight I don't think anyone couldn't love? I was thirsty for some more German beer and with a significant amount of my Euros left I found a quiet pub just around a corner. What's the translation for Böttcherstrasse? 'Böttcher' just means 'Cooper' so after-all a pretty extraordinary street has quite a humdrum name, let's never translate anything into English?! Cooper Street doesn't sound German!?
This beer in the afternoon lark needs to carry on, I wanted to stay longer in Germany! Regaining some kind of composure I paid for my beers to get back to the centre of Bremen's action. Amarkt looked just fine during the late afternoon sun so I would of been a fool not to have another beer. My train would be leaving within two hours, I worked out that one more pint of Beck's wouldn't really hurt. Compared to the quiet scene that I witnessed in the morning it was easy to see that Amarkt was a hubbub of energy with people sitting in the sun who were just having a great time. Bremen had something that pleased me with its 15th Century pubs and cathedrals I knew that my time in Bremen gave me everything to conclude my whirlwind five day trip to Germany. Berlin was busy and vibrant with lots to see and do, Hamburg had a bohemian edge within the St.Pauli area but I know that Bremen's Schnoor, Amarkt and Böttcherstrasse showed me something truly German! Danke für alles! Ja!
Kaiser Friedrich! That's One More Holsten Bitte-schön!?