Explore with us the Schnoor area – a neighbourhood in the medieval centre of the city of Bremen. The first ferry service was established here, and the first bridge crossing the Weser was built around the year 1240. Today the oldest houses date back to the 15th century. Discover the medieval Schnoor neighborhood in Bremen’s Old Town, with its small houses and narrow alleyways. Marvel at the many houses from the 17th and 18th centuries and discover more about the different styles of architecture. Enjoy a relaxing guided walking tour through Bremen's historical Schnoor neighborhood. The first-known written reference to Schnoor dates back to the 13th century. At this time, a Franciscan monastery was built on the edge of what is now the Schnoor district. The present Catholic St. John's Church was built in a redbrick Gothic style.
During the walking tour, see some of the oldest remaining profane buildings, such as "Haus Schnoor 15," also known as "Brasilhaus," and "Packhaus Schnoor 2," dating back to the 15th century. Admire the half-timbered house with the tea room or the buildings that now consist only of facades, which once stood elsewhere. Immerse yourself in the impressive architecture of classicism and historicism, Baroque and Renaissance, as you learn all about Schnoor and its inhabitants. Many houses from the 17th and 18th centuries are still preserved in their original state, giving a romantic feeling of life during earlier times. The city’s first stone walls were built in 1032. Around this time trade with Norway, England and the northern Netherlands began to grow, thus increasing the importance of the city. Since the city was the major taxpayer, its consent was generally sought.