Another German folk tale, another Niedersachen Ticket. Bremen, at the north end of Niedersachsen, beckoned. We heeded the call and bought another Niedersachsen ticket for two. We wore our rain jackets and took umbrellas, and while it did rain on us for a little bit when we arrived, we mostly had to contend with gray skies.
I didn’t remember much about The Bremen Town Musicians, the Grimm Brothers story, but this website refreshed my memory. The city has one famous statue, which legend has it that if you hold the donkey’s legs, your wish will come true. It actually seems to me that tourists think if you have your picture taken with the statue, that might happen. I snuck in a quick shot without additional characters.
Then there is this more modern, and colorful, take on the animals.
Walking into the town from the station, I felt as though this was Germany, but perhaps with some Dutch or Danish flavor. Nice. Here’s the town square with a Town Hall and Big Church, and Germany’s largest statue of Roland.
Someone had put a chair on this horse statue, as well as Neptune in his more modern fountain.
I rather liked the fountain.
Right off the main square is the quaintest little shopping street called the Bottcherstrasse which was conceived by the decaf (!) coffee magnate, Ludwig Roselius. The short street is almost like its own museum of expressionist art. We avoided the rain for a bit in a restaurant here which served some delicious potato soup (and decaf cappuccinos!).
Moving back in time to the oldest preserved quarter of the city, it was just another charming place to walk in the Schnoor district.
Here in the very north of Germany, people spoke (or still speak?) Low German or Plattdeutsch which is the language of my ancestors. We saw this in a window and tried to figure out how much of it we could read. Some of it.