Things to do in Bremen and the neighborhood

  • Bring your running shoes and join the General Chair and Finance Chair and sign up for the Bremen marathon, which takes place on Sunday right after the conference. There are different categories: 10km, half marathon, full marathon. Details can be found here.
  • If you are not participating in the ICSME guided tour on Wednesday through downtown, you should definitely explore Bremen downtown by yourself. The main attractions of Bremen downtown are the market place with the Roland statue in front of the town hall (town hall and the Roland statue are UNESCO world heritages), Böttcherstraße, Schnoor, Schlachte, and last but not least of course the statue of the Bremen town musicians just around the corner of the town hall.
  • If you love science, you may want to pay a visit to the Universum (German for universe), a science museum where you can conduct your own experiments. The museum with its spectacular architecture offers insights into nature, humans, and technology. My favorite piece therein is an automated table soccer game where you play against the machine. You will find several contributions from our university. The Universium is at the border of the campus. For this reason, we are the university at the end of the universe.
  • If you want to relax a bit and wander (or even run) around in a park, you should visit the Bürgerpark. The Bürgerpark is a large and beautiful park ranging from the university campus towards downtown. It was opened in 1866 and since then financed by citizens of Bremen.It is open to the public all year through. It is an excellent place to train for the Bremen marathon. I love to run there.
  • Did you know that Bremen is the origin of Beck's beer? Nowadays, Beck's belongs to the Belgian company InBev. The brewery is still in Bremen and can be visited, but I am afraid there are no English tours. At any rate, you should enjoy Beck's beer in our pubs. The place to hang out with your friends having beer is Schlachte. The sailing ship you might know by some of Beck's ads is the ship "Alexander von Humboldt", known for its green sails. "Alexander von Humboldt" is back to Bremen and can be found in the harbour of Bremen ("Europahafen").
  • Bremen is smallest German federal state. It consists of two cities: Bremen and Bremerhaven. Interestingly enough, they are not connected. Bremerhaven is at the North Sea, about 70 km from Bremen. Inbetween is the state Lower Saxony. If you like a maritim atmosphere, you can visit Bremerhaven with its many attractions, among which are the old and new harbour, the Climate House (with yet another spectacular architecture), and many other muesums and expositions. If you are North American and have European origins, you may want to pay a visit to the German Emigration Center, where you might find out more about your ancestors leaving Europe through Bremerhaven. Bremerhaven was once one of the major ports for emigrants to North America. Regional trains leaving at Bremen main station take you to Bremerhaven in 30-45 minutes.
  • Hamburg is only about 100km from Bremen and can be reached by a one-hour ride on a train. Trains to Hamburg operate very frequently. The harbour of Hamburg is really a very nice experience.
  • You can find out more about touristic attractions of Bremen at our tourist information.