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The charming medieval coopers lane was transformed into a prime example of mostly expressionist architecture in the 1920s at the instigation of coffee merchant Ludwig Roselius. Its red-brick houses sport unique facades, whimsical fountains, statues and a carillon; many house artisanal shops and art museums. Its most striking feature is Bernhard Hoetger's golden Lichtbringer relief (Bringer of Light), which keeps an eye on the north entrance.

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1. Roselius-Haus Museum

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This 16th-century house contains a private collection of art from medieval times to the baroque era. It belonged to none other than Ludwig Roselius, the…

2. Paula Modersohn-Becker Haus Museum

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Showcasing the art of the eponymous artist Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876–1907), an early expressionist and member of the Worpswede artists colony, this is…

3. Rathaus

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Bremen's landmark and Unesco-listed Rathaus (city hall) dates to 1400 but was a work in progress for centuries, as succeeding generations each tried to…

4. Town Musicians of Bremen Statue

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Local artist Gerhard Marcks cast this 1951 statute of the famous quartet in their most famous pose – scaring the robbers who invaded their house, with the…

5. Bleikeller

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Located inside Dom St Petri, but accessed via a separate entrance south of the main door, the Lead Cellar was formerly the cathedral’s cellar and today is…

6. Dom St Petri

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Bremen’s Protestant main church has origins in the 8th century, though its ribbed vaulting, chapels and two high towers date from the 13th century. Aside…

7. Schnoor

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This maze of narrow, winding alleys was once the fishermen's quarter and later a red-light district. Now its doll's-house-sized cottages contain boutiques…

8. Weserburg Museum für Moderne Kunst

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Situated on an island in the Weser River across from the Schlachte promenade, this museum showcases works by German and international artists from private…