Get the excellent-value ErlebnisCARD (adult and up to two children for one/two/three days €9.50/13/18.50, up to five adults €20.50/26.50/33) for free public transport and discounts on sights. It's available from tourist offices.
Emergency & Important Numbers
|Germany's country code||49|
|International access code||00|
|Ambulance & Fire||112|
Dangers & Annoyances
- Bremen is generally a safe town to walk around day or night, but the teenage club mile of Rembertiring, southeast of the main train station, has been a problem zone in recent years. Use big-city sense here.
- The area just in front of the Hauptbahnhof can attract some sketchy characters, especially late at night.
Gay & Lesbian Travellers
Bremen’s gay and lesbian scene is, like the city itself, small and friendly. A handful of bars and clubs in An der Weide (east of the Hauptbahnhof) and its extension Ausser der Schleifmühle make up the main quarter for guys. The gay and lesbian centre also has a small cafe with weekly parties; find out more at www.ratundtat-bremen.de.
Travellers with Disabilities
Bremen's tourism website (www.bremen-tourism.de) has a page devoted to information on barrier-free access around the city, including a list of accessible hotels, restaurants, museums and theatres, with a comprehensive database at www.bremen.de/barrierefrei. You can also borrow a wheelchair free of charge (€50 deposit required) from the tourist office.
Free wi-fi, aka WLAN (vay-lahn), is standard at hotels and hostels, and is often available at cafes, bars and restaurants. You can also find free wi-fi at tourist offices and at the central library just east of the town centre.
Banks 9am–6pm Monday to Friday, extended hours usually on Tuesday and Thursday, some open Saturday
Bars 6pm–2am or 3am, sometimes later
Cafes 8am–10pm, sometimes later
Clubs 11pm to early morning hours
Post Offices 9am–6pm Monday to Friday, 9am–1pm Saturday
Major Stores and Supermarkets 9.30am–8pm Monday to Saturday
Travel with Children
Baby-change tables are frequently found in public bathrooms, and child strollers/prams are allowed on public transport free of charge. Many restaurants have special kids menus.
Sights that kids will enjoy include the Universum Science Centre, the Botanika gardens, the football museum Wuseum and the ethnological Übersee Museum. Take your growing sports fans to a Werder Bremen football game and your science buffs on the Airbus Defence & Space Tour.