Why rent a car in Bremen?
Bremen is a historic harbour city straddling the river Weser and the second most populous in northern Germany. There’s much history and art to be explored in the city, but its location is also ideal for branching out to some of the most attractive destinations in the area, so consider booking a Bremen rental car.
Hanseatic buildings from when Bremen was in the Hanseatic League can still be seen on the Market Square (‘Marktplatz’). The square is a Unesco World Heritage Site, with samples of traditional German architecture, such as the town hall (‘Rathaus’), the parliament building (‘Haus der Bürgerschaft’) and St Peter’s Cathedral(‘St Petri Dom). Two famous statues here are the gigantic Roland, symbolising civic liberty and freedom of trade, and the Town Musicians of Bremen (‘Bremer Stadtmusikanten’) to the west of the town hall.
Walk through Böttcherstrasse, a 330-foot long medieval street completely rebuilt in the early 20th century to its present architecturally remarkable look, a mixture of art deco and brick-built styles. By the river, the Schnoor Quarter, a former fishermen’s quarter, is the only part of Bremen preserving a medieval character. You may find arty souvenir ideas in its many galleries and shops. In the evening, the riverside Schlachte promenade offers a extensive choice of bars and restaurants.
How to get to and around Bremen?
The nearest airport to get to Bremen is Bremen Airport, a mere 11-minute drive to the city centre. From Bremen, you can plan many fun short trips.
The seaport city of Bremerhaven is 45 minutes north of Bremen. Ship lovers will enjoy the German Maritime Museum. Also interesting are the Deutsches Auswanderhaus, the German Emigration Centre, and Klimahaus, a meteorological centre with interactive exhibits.
A popular day trip destination is the artists’ colony of Worpswede, half an hour northeast, in an area called Devil’s Moor (‘Teufelsmoor’). Here local artists and craftsmen display their work at local exhibitions and galleries. It was in Worpswede that the poet Rainer Maria Rilke met his future wife, the sculptor Clara Westhoff, in 1900. On the way, stop by Lilienthal for scenic landscapes of rivers and meadows. In Fischerhude, by the river Wümm, half an hour by road, visit the Otto Modersohn Museum to see the works of the landscape painter who co-founded Worpswede.
What brands are available?
There is a huge number of brands to choose from for renting a Bremen hire car at Bremen Airport, some of which are listed below.AlamoAvisBudgetEnterpriseEuropcarHertzKeddy By EuropcarNational SixtThrifty EU
Must-sees within an easy drive of Bremen
With a Bremen rental car, you can get to Hamburg in an hour and 20 minutes, to Berlin in just over three and a half hours and Düsseldorf, driving southwest, in under three hours. Within three hours, you can also get to the border with Denmark for a Danish city break.
Tips and tricks for driving in Germany
You must be over 18 to drive in Germany and hold a full driving licence. Licences issued in EU or EEA countries are accepted. Carry your driver’s licence, ID (passport) and proof of insurance at all times.
Carrying a warning triangle and headlamp beam deflectors in the vehicle is compulsory. It is recommended you also carry a first aid kit. It is illegal in Germany to use speed camera detectors, including a GPS device.
The speed limit in built-up areas is 62 mph, but there is no speed limit on autobahns.
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