The Upper Hall, where the city council used to convene, is the most magnificent ceremonial venue in Bremen. The model ships that hang from the ceiling bear witness to the importance of commerce and maritime trade for the city. Their miniature cannons can even be fired if the occasion demands.
In July, the banks of the Weser will be pulsing with sound, as more than 100 bands perform in the four large marquees and on a series of other stages spread out over Breminale's kilometre-long riverside site.
A bunch of artists can be seen free of charge as usual! The 200,000 or so festival-goers will find this popular festival still brimming with ideas as it celebrates 28 years with more edge than ever.
And there's plenty to enjoy away from the stage too, with a range of delicious food including a large selection of organic & fairtrade stalls, some surprising contributions from local creative artists, and a 200-metre long table with organic produce at Sunday lunchtime on the adjoining Osterdeich embankment.
Sage was on the line of the Allied advance across northern Germany in 1945 but most of those buried at Sage War Cemetery were airmen lost in bombing raids over northern Euope whose graves were brought in from cemeteries in the Frisian Islands and other parts of north-west Germany.
Sage War Cemetery contains 948 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 158 of them unidentified. There are also 23 war graves of other nationalities, most of them Polish.
For art-lovers, the highlight of Bremen’s Kulturmeile (Cultural Mile) is the Kunsthalle, which presents a large permanent collection of paintings, sculpture and copperplate engraving from the Middle Ages into the modern, as well as changing exhibitions. This gallery bills itself as having masterpieces from over 600 years – and it’s as good as its word, especially after expanding exhibition space with a new wing in 2011.