Discount Cards

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.

Travel Agencies

Agentur Halina This agent for FlixBus tickets is opposite the bays of the central bus station.

Emergency & Important Numbers

Germany's country code49
International access code00
Ambulance & Fire112
Police110

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Tourist Information

Tourist office branches include Böttcherstrasse, a full-service tourist office with friendly staff near Marktplatz, and Hauptbahnhof, handily located at the main train station. These offices can help book tours and offer free wi-fi.

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.

Police Stations

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.

Internet Access

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.

Opening Hours

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

Restaurants 11am–11pm

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.