We visit one of the best examples of gothic architecture in Europe: the gothic town hall of Bremen, in Germany. A building that was saved from the destruction of World War II and that today we can admire in all its splendor. Do you feel like we tell you more about him? Come with us!
Gothic town hall of Bremen, a jewel in GermanyTown Hall Facade
The Bremen city hall building It is one of the best examples of the Gothic style in Europe. It is also one of the great symbols of the city and of all Germany, for its artistic and historical value. It is the headquarters of activities of both the mayor of the city and the president of the Senate.
It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004. Where is it located? In the Market Square, in the heart of the city. In front of the building is the Chamber of Commerce and on the right the Bremen Cathedral and the Parliament building.
The visit to this square is essential, and not only because of the fabulous buildings that surround it. In it you will discover another of the jewels of the city: the statue of Rolando, one of the knights of Charlemagne. An imposing medieval statue 10 meters high.
Bremen Town Hall HistoryFacade and statue of Rolando - Simaron / Flickr.com
The gothic town hall of Bremen was built between 1405 and 1410. Before that date, the town hall was located in another area of the city. However, urban growth and the need for more space for government work led to the decision to build a new building.
The promoters of the construction of the new town hall would be Mayor Johann Hemeling and Councilors Friedrich Wigger and Hinrich von der Trupe. The works would be done quickly, but they would not be the final ones.
Between 1595 and 1612 it was decided to remodel the structure of the building and adapt it to the style of the time: the Renaissance. For this, some elements of the Dutch Renaissance were taken as an example. However, the Bremen town hall became one of the city's icons.
What not to miss from the gothic town hall of BremenCity Hall Interior - Ulamm / Wikimedia Commons
Once you have your ticket ready, you will be ready for a guided tour of one of the most beautiful town halls in the entire continent. Every step you take inside this magnificent building will make you go back in time. You will just need to use the imagination to know how government work was centuries ago.
Of its stays, the Golden Chamber stands out. It is one of the most recent constructions, in fact, you may be surprised by its modernist style. But it is also worth mentioning the Sala del Rey or the numerous event rooms full of models, velvet and furniture of the time.
Back outside, look especially at its Renaissance facade. Highlights its windows and the degree of detail that adorn the entire surface. Do not miss it!
Visiting hours and ratesBremen Town Hall and Cathedral
If you are determined to visit the Gothic town hall in Bremen, you should know that it can only be done through guided tours that you can book at the city's tourist office. The price is 6.50 euros, although children under 12 do not pay.
With regard to the schedules of the visits, from Monday to Saturday they are held at 11, 12, 15 and 16 hours. On Sundays there are only two: at 11 and 12 hours. And it’s important that you know that Visits are made in German and English.
In any case, from your tour of the Gothic town hall of Bremen you will take a great memory. In the end, you will be facing one of the most valued places in Germany in terms of artistic wealth.
Remember also that, although more than half of the city was razed during the Second World War, this beautiful building was protected from bombing. Thanks to that, what we see today is not a reconstruction, as with so many other monuments in Germany.