Germany Travel: Schnoor Quarter, Bremen.

One of the entries into the quarter
One of the entries into the quarter

A Time Capsule of the Ancient Trade City

Hidden behind the busy administrative and commercial buildings near the grand cathedral of Bremen (better known as St. Petri Dom) is the ancient Schnoor quarter, which exists ever since the city was established in the 10th century. The name of the quarter is related to the city's long-standing status as a fishery center and seaport ("Schnoor" in the local dialect roughly means ropes and cables as used by ships). The structure of the Schnoor quarter is said to have been relatively unchanged since medieval time, although the buildings are relatively newer.

This area is one of the main tourist attractions of Bremen and rightly so. It is simply a great place to wander around in a nice day with little but interesting things to discover.

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The streets

The streets in Schnoor quarter are what attracts my attention first and really amuses me. They are really unusual to me (though they are probably typical for medieval towns in general). Most streets are narrow (sometimes the width is only enough for only one person). They are also winding and uneven (some places even have stairs and a café-restaurant is situated noticeably lower than its surrounding). Added to that are one or two tunnels. It's just easy to wander off and get lost here (though not for long because the whole quarter is relatively small). There are of course maps if you need them but they just reduce the fun.

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The uneven terrain (though it is not reflect well in this photo)A tunnelOne of the "larger" streets.Only one person may pass.The lower-than-surrounding caf
The uneven terrain (though it is not reflect well in this photo)
The uneven terrain (though it is not reflect well in this photo)
A tunnel
A tunnel
One of the "larger" streets.
One of the "larger" streets.
Only one person may pass.
Only one person may pass.
The lower-than-surrounding caf
The lower-than-surrounding caf

The little (but cool) things

I like to refer to the Schnoor quarter as the time capsule of Bremen because of the many haphazard details from the past as well as the present that I can discover here. Probably owing to the quarter's status as a tourist magnet, everything is kept diverse and colourful (unsurprisingly the majority of stores here sell souvenirs). They all highlight the unique (and perhaps exaggeratedly stereotypical) features of Bremen, itself a place with long history. From a quiet corner surrounded by pretty garden just behind the bustling commercial streets to an unusual architectural design, there is always something to make me smile.

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The arms of Bremen (silver key on red background) on a house :)A green and quiet living corner amidst the stores. This endearing sculpture commemorates a Bremer poet.A quote accompanying the above sculpture. It is in the local language (called Plattdeusch). I don't understand it, unfortunately.The Bremen street musicians!Most houses here have plates stating the years in which they were built. And this is an old timer (1402 AD)Bremen is a historical trading city/seaport. So it's no surprise when the souvenirs play up this aspect.Fish is also a big part of the city.There is a doll store called Lilliput. And it has a fitting signboard (I don't know what Gulliver has to do with Bremen though. Probably the sea travelling part?).There can't be a better image for a gemstone store than a dwarf!A city guard in his regalia (this is part of the city museum where people get to dress in historical costumes and see how life was like in Bremen).I don't know why there is a gate in the middle of the street, but it looks quite pretty.More arms. I like how they translate the intricate details and colours on building materials.A poster, quite typical of the kind sold here. It is not very child-friendly. Another reference to the Bremen street musicians. The title reads "The truth about the Bremen street musicians: the big donkey is on top in the hierarchy."
The arms of Bremen (silver key on red background) on a house :)
The arms of Bremen (silver key on red background) on a house :)
A green and quiet living corner amidst the stores.
A green and quiet living corner amidst the stores.
This endearing sculpture commemorates a Bremer poet.
This endearing sculpture commemorates a Bremer poet.
A quote accompanying the above sculpture. It is in the local language (called Plattdeusch). I don't understand it, unfortunately.
A quote accompanying the above sculpture. It is in the local language (called Plattdeusch). I don't understand it, unfortunately.
The Bremen street musicians!
The Bremen street musicians!
Most houses here have plates stating the years in which they were built. And this is an old timer (1402 AD)
Most houses here have plates stating the years in which they were built. And this is an old timer (1402 AD)
Bremen is a historical trading city/seaport. So it's no surprise when the souvenirs play up this aspect.
Bremen is a historical trading city/seaport. So it's no surprise when the souvenirs play up this aspect.
Fish is also a big part of the city.
Fish is also a big part of the city.
There is a doll store called Lilliput. And it has a fitting signboard (I don't know what Gulliver has to do with Bremen though. Probably the sea travelling part?).
There is a doll store called Lilliput. And it has a fitting signboard (I don't know what Gulliver has to do with Bremen though. Probably the sea travelling part?).
There can't be a better image for a gemstone store than a dwarf!
There can't be a better image for a gemstone store than a dwarf!
A city guard in his regalia (this is part of the city museum where people get to dress in historical costumes and see how life was like in Bremen).
A city guard in his regalia (this is part of the city museum where people get to dress in historical costumes and see how life was like in Bremen).
I don't know why there is a gate in the middle of the street, but it looks quite pretty.
I don't know why there is a gate in the middle of the street, but it looks quite pretty.
More arms. I like how they translate the intricate details and colours on building materials.
More arms. I like how they translate the intricate details and colours on building materials.
A poster, quite typical of the kind sold here. It is not very child-friendly.
A poster, quite typical of the kind sold here. It is not very child-friendly.
Another reference to the Bremen street musicians. The title reads "The truth about the Bremen street musicians: the big donkey is on top in the hierarchy."
Another reference to the Bremen street musicians. The title reads "The truth about the Bremen street musicians: the big donkey is on top in the hierarchy."

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reddog1027 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Enjoyed your guided tour of Bremen. Thanks for an interesting hub.

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