Join the festivities – discover Bremen with NAVIGON City Highlights
This October, Bremen is the star of NAVIGON City Highlights. Besides hosting Northern Germany’s largest festival, the Bremen Freimarkt, the city on the Weser is offering plenty of exciting attractions. Among them is a range of exhibitions, including one showcasing the works of painter Edvard Munch, and another on the voodoo religion.
Hamburg, 06 October 2011 – Bremen is one of the most popular destinations in Germany. The city on the Weser attracts visitors mainly with two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – its town hall and the Roland statue in the market square. Equally well-known are the Bremen Town Musicians, made famous by the fairytale of the same name by the Brothers Grimm. NAVIGON City Highlights allows visitors to Bremen this October to discover not only these familiar landmarks, but also the city’s hidden attractions and exciting events.
The Freimarkt – a festival with a long-standing tradition
The Bremen Freimarkt takes place from 14 to 30 October on the Bürgerweide site and is one of the oldest fairs in Germany. The first Freimarkt was celebrated in 1035 and since then has been firmly anchored in Bremen’s public calendar. With more than four million visitors and 345 fairground operators, today the Bremen Freimarkt is the largest fair in Northern Germany. Following the slogan “Ischa Freimaak!”, visitors are encouraged to join in and celebrate the two-week festival. One of the main highlights is the Freimarkt procession on 22 October, when around 140 floats and groups parade through the town centre in extravagant costumes. Further information and the full programme are available to download from www.freimarkt.de.
Voodoo – art and culture from Haiti
The mystical concept of voodoo is the focus of a travelling exhibition, which will make the last stop of its European tour in Bremen’s Übersee Museum from 14 October 2011 to 29 April 2012. The exciting show offers visitors an insight into the exotic world of voodoo. The exhibition includes life-sized figures, altars and unusual works of art. Exhibits relating to the voodoo secret society “Bizango” are a highlight of the collection and have never before been shown to the general public. Further information on prices and opening hours can be found at http://www.uebersee-museum.de/.
Great art in the Kunsthalle Bremen
The exhibition “Edvard Munch – Mystery behind the canvas” shows visitors the story of an unusual discovery. Art restorers working on Munch’s The Child and Death uncovered a further oil painting by the artist that had remained hidden beneath the canvas for decades. The exhibition also includes many other works by the painter. Visitors are also offered an insight into the life of the artist, whose works paved the way from Expressionism to Modernism. The exhibitions will be held in the Kunsthalle Bremen from 15 October 2011 to 26 April 2012. Further information and tickets are available at www.kunsthalle-bremen.de.
Lazy Sunday shopping
On the occasion of the Freimarkt, shops will be open on Sunday, 30 October. Visitors will be able to stroll around Bremen’s shops and enjoy a programme of family events. The shops will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Together with CityInitiative Bremen, NAVIGON has gathered around 60 destinations in its NAVIGON City Highlights Bremen. The POI list can be downloaded free of charge to NAVIGON navigation devices from www.navigon.com/fresh. City Highlights from previous months are also available there.
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