Fly To Bremen, Germany
Bremen is Germany’s second-largest port city, and has been an important player in trade in the region since its founding in the 8th century. While arguably most famous for its place in the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale “The Town Musicians of Bremen”, this beautiful medieval city has much to offer visitors.
It’s a place where innovation, sophistication and art thrive against a backdrop of thousands of years of history. The architecture is exquisite, the museums world-class and the galleries are a feast for the eyes. Add to this some hearty cuisine, the locally brewed Beck’s Beer, and the gorgeous river scenery and you’ll be reluctant to head home when your holiday is over.
Summer is the favourite season to visit Bremen, but Christmas time has a special beauty as well. Whatever time of year you’re planning your trip, you’ll find the cheapest flights to Bremen right here on Travelstart.co.za.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders require a Schengen Visa to visit Bremen, Germany. Make sure you leave enough time for Visa processing, and check that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- There is a South African Honorary Consulate in Bremen, Germany. Louis Delius GmbH & Co, Parkallee 32, 28209, Bremen. Phone: + 49 421 346 200.
See and do
Many of Bremen’s attractions can be found in the Altstadt (Old Town), ringed by the Weser River and the former moats of the original medieval city. The oldest section of this area is towards the southeast, running from the Marktplatz to the Schnoor Quarter. You’ll find some exquisite examples of gothic and renaissance architecture here, along with some famous statuary and sculptures from various periods. Favourite sites in the area include the Rathaus, Dom St Petri and the Art Nouveau Böttcherstrasse.
While you’re wondering around the Old Town, keep an eye out for Hachez, a well-known chocolatier near the Marktplazt who make kluten – a traditional Bremen sweet. If the peppermint and chocolate cubes aren’t your idea of a good souvenir, however, you’ll find less consumable memorabilia in the lanes of Schnoor. The year-round Christmas Shop is a popular spot, but there are plenty of other options as well.
For contemporary attractions, visit the Universum Science Centre, the Kunsthalle Bremen, and the Focke Museum. If you’re interested in expressionist architecture, the Kunstsammlungen Böttcherstraße is worth a visit as well.
Public transport isn’t really necessary if you’re based near the centre of town, as Bremen is very pedestrian-friendly and great to explore on foot. If you’re heading a little further out, there’s a good tram and bus system, and you can buy single fares, day tickets, or multi-day passes. You can also rent a bicycle if the weather is good, or grab a taxi if you don’t mind the premium fare.
Bremen Airport – BRE
Food and beverage: Cucina’s, Café D’oro, Café-Rosso and Time Out.
Currency Exchange: Deutsche Bank and The Change Group both offer foreign exchange services and/or cash withdrawal facilities.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Items lost or found within the airport can be reported to airport security, who will direct you to the appropriate Lost and Found desk.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Mercure Hotel Hanseatic Bremen, Atlantic Grand Hotel, and Designhotel Überfluss Bremen.
Car Hire: Avis, Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz, and Sixt.
Airport Hub: Bremen Airport (code BRE) is a hub for Germania and Ryanair.