Ancient trading city
Few northern German cities can boast such an infusion of old and new as Bremen. This former Hanseatic town today makes much of the hardware for the European space programme. Hardworking and proud, the town’s ancient trading history and belief in modern partnerships make it a welcoming place to come and explore the whole area.
|Time zone:||GMT +1 hour (GMT +2 hours in summer)|
|Flight Time:||1 hour 25|
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|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 9.1°C (24 hour average)
Rainfall: 689.8mm a year
German purity laws help make some of the country’s beer among the clearest in the world – and Beck’s is no exception. While you’re in town, you can take a tour of the birthplace of this golden fluid (and, yes, grab some free samples to boot).
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For a choice of 600 German wines with your traditional north German fayre, head underground to the cellars of the Ratskeller for a journey through time. Check out the Apostel room which holds some of the oldest wines in the world.
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The last two weeks of October are guaranteed ‘must-see’ territory in Bremen. Running since 1036, the Freimarkt is one of the world’s oldest fairground festivals.
You can see most of Bremen’s best bits on foot. Set out on a walking tour of Altstadt, the Old Town, using the Rathaus (or Town Hall) as your hub.
See if it all adds up for you. In 2009, the city will host the intriguingly named International Mathematical Olympiad. Good luck.
British citizens do not need a visa to visit Germany.
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