City on the Weser
Bremen is much more than just the place where the ‘Town Musicians’ met in the fairytale. Over 1200 years of history and international affairs define the picture of Bremen, the city on the Weser.
Today we visit Bremen with its unique historical heritage, such as the beautiful town hall, built in the Weser Renaissance style and the impressive Roland in the historic Marktplatz, both of which are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Whether you’re in the Schnoor, the city’s oldest district, or in old Böttcherstraße, with its extraordinary architecture, you’ll find yourself transported back far in time.
The so-called ‘nail route’, path of 2000 iron and brass nails, takes us away from the Liebfrauen-Kirchhof via Marktplatz to Böttcherstrasse, an alley where barrel-making artisans once plied their trade.
Our guide will take you to see the main sights in the city, with a necessary break for an enjoyable lunch. We will be staying half-board in a four-star hotel.
After breakfast, we drive to Bergen-Belsen, where over 70,000 people were killed during the Second World War in one of the largest German prison-of-war and concentration camps.
Afterwards, we will get ready to visit Celle. The town has a wealth of half-timbered houses, the oldest of which date from the 15th century. The Welfenslot, the town church and the old town hall are the oldest buildings in the town.
After lunch, we drive to the Steinhudermeer lake in the natural park of the same name. We take the time for a boat trip on the largest inland lake in north-western Germany. Before we head back to our hotel, there will be time left for us all to enjoy the wonderful surroundings.
This morning we drive to see the boast lift at Scharnebeck. As part of an impressive spectacle, we see how ships up to 100 metres in length travel up and down a height difference of 38 metres in just fifteen minutes.
Next we drive to Lüneburg, which is known as the salt town. The centre features old merchants’ houses, with their characteristic façades that hark back to the prosperity of the salt merchants in times gone by. One of the sights we visit here is the salt museum.
After our final breakfast, we prepare ourselves for a visit to the Airbus Defence and Space Centre. Bremen is a leading centre for space travel, where space transportation and rocket components are assembled. How do astronauts get their water and food? How do they manage to live, sleep and conduct research where there is no gravity? The answers to these questions and many more will be revealed during this visit.
After our journey into space, we board the coach once again and head for home.