Although the old centre of Bremen is stunning and impressive the area known as Schnoor is in my opinion the most charming area of the city.
Schnoor is a maze of tightly packed historic houses dating from the 15th and 16th century and are tightly packed to resemble being attached with a piece of string which is where the area gets its name as in English Schnoor means string.
Schnoor is very historic and the houses here date from the beginning of the 13th century to the 16th century and it is originally where the poor of the city lived. Today Schnoor is one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods in the city and the gorgeous little houses are just as likely to contain some little artisan shop or cosy café as they are a home.
Wandering around Schnoor is like stepping back in time and the cobbled streets and gorgeous little houses are absolutely picture perfect.
There are some lovely little cafes where you can stop and have a coffee and several restaurants along the streets where I have had some really nice meals but be warned the restaurants here are nearly all high quality with prices to reflect this.
The shopping in Schnoor is fantastic and really makes a nice change from the usual high street shops. The majority of the shops are independently owned and sell items such as antiques and hand-made jewellery and it is a nice place to buy something that is a one of a kind as opposed to mass produced rubbish.
The entire area is really well preserved thanks in part to an extensive renovation of the entire area in the 1950’s where great care was taken to preserve this historic neighbourhood for future generations to enjoy.
Although the majority of Schnoor is taken over with shops and restaurants there are a few tourists attractions that you can visit once you have had your fill of wandering the charming streets.
St John’s Provost church is a 14th century building that is today the city’s main catholic church and is a nice representation of gothic architecture.
You can also go and visit the Schifferhaus which is a building dating from the 16th century and when you go inside is now a museum showing how people lived in Schnoor back in the 16th century.
Schnoor is utterly charming and one of my favourite places in Bremen in which to spend a couple of hours just wandering admiring the buildings and soaking up the atmosphere. It is especially beautiful when the fairy lights hanging from all the windows give it an almost ethereal quality and the olde world atmosphere is at its highest.