It's the many leafy oases in Bremen that catch the eye and that are such an attractive feature of an otherwise urban area. Whether you're on your lunch break, on a Sunday stroll or just getting from A to B, almost everywhere there's a quiet corner where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
A closer look at the 15 largest German cities by population reveals figures that show how green Bremen really is. For every Bremen resident there are 44.9 square metres of green space. These are areas that haven't been built on and that are used mainly for recreational purposes, such as parks, playgrounds and allotments. This makes Bremen the greenest city in Germany - with around 70 percent more green space per inhabitant than Hamburg or Berlin. The average figure for the biggest cities by population is a meagre 27.4 square metres. In comparison with other cities, Bremen offers more space and more opportunities to get some fresh air, clear your head and enjoy the weather.
It's well worth exploring Bremen's 'natural' side. The many parks are perfect for a leisurely stroll and are great places to relax – for all kinds of people and at all times of year. Events and entertainment provide well-deserved respite from the daily grind, especially if you like food and music. There are too many to mention here, but you can get a good idea of what's on offer at www.bremen.de. It should come as no surprise that the proportion of Bremen's land area designated a conservation zone is one of the highest in Germany, with Borgfelder Wümmewiesen, Werderland and Hollerland among the top places to visit.
Besides enjoying all the benefits of living in a major city, the people of Bremen also like the outdoors – and not only the parks. They also flock to the nine public swimming lakes, to the dykes and to the banks of our rivers. That's right: rivers. We've got no fewer than four of them. To the west is Ochtum river, to the east is the Wümme, to the north the Lesum, and right through the centre runs the Weser. The latter winds its way through Bremen's metropolitan area for nearly 42 kilometres, and along its banks there are many places of interest.
The best way to explore the city centre is by bike along the banks of the Weser river. Whether you like to take your time or have a need for speed, BREMEN BIKE IT!'s Weser Circuit will take you from the buzzing and popular Schlachte Embankment along the Osterdeich and past the Weser Stadium to the large Weser weir. From there it's over the river towards the Stadtwerder park and on to the old water tower, known locally as the 'upside-down dresser'. Then it's off to the Überseestadt, the New Harbour District, and into the port area. If you get there towards the end of the day, you can enjoy the sunset over the waters of Europahafen or Holzhafen. It has to be one of the most picturesque places in Bremen to watch the sun go down. And if you'd like your cycle tour to last a little longer, then we recommend taking the Bremen-Nord loop, where you can see the tall ship Deutschland and the Valentin U-boat pen memorial site. Or you can take the Worpswede loop for an excursion in Bremen's green surroundings and cycle through nature reserves with flat meadows and a unique light backdrop.
In total there are almost 47 square metres of water per resident – no other German city with more than 400,000 inhabitants has as much water as we do here in Bremen. And that's why Bremen offers without doubt the best maritime experience.
So whether it's in our parks, forests and nature reserves, on our dykes, or by, on or even in the water – there's plenty to explore in green Bremen.
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