Freimarkt in Bremen!

For such a small city, there is always quite a bit going on here in Bremen. I went with some friends to Hamburg to celebrate my 21st birthday, and the past two weeks the Freimarkt has been in Bremen. The Freimarkt is a celebration of the city’s Hanseatic history. This year was the 980th Freimarkt in Bremen. The festival consists of food, music, artists’ booths, carnival rides, and other events. The first night, there were fireworks, which would have been really cool if there hadn’t been so many clouds blocking them. On the second Saturday of the Freimarkt there was a giant parade. Picture a homecoming parade but for an entire city of 600,000. Over 150 floats were present, with companies and local clubs all coming together to make some really interesting floats. There were also marching bands, my favorite being an all bagpipe band. Candy was thrown generously (much to the delight of the children in the crowd) and everyone had a good time. One my friends from the Hochschule was in the parade with his hockey team. The parade was a lot of fun, but I wish I had gotten there earlier. I was behind a few people which made it really hard to take pictures.. I did get to try a lot of the Freimarkt traditional foods, and they were pretty awesome. Here they are:

Schmalzkuchen- Basically a funnel cake but in bite size pieces. Nothing special on taste, but so neat and easy to eat and delicious when hot with a sprinkling of powdered sugar.

Champignons- Yes, they are just fried mushrooms. But the people who make them are experts at getting everything equally cooked and hot without burning them. And a belly full of warm mushrooms is great on the cold nights here in Bremen. Top them with some garlic sauce and you have a delicious, savory snack.

Eis wie Sahne- Literally translates as “ice like cream”. It’s not gelato, it’s not ice cream, it’s something else entirely. Not super sweet and really light, it is definitely a one of a kind treat.

Gluhwein- Hot, spiced wine. Best part is it is available throughout the Christmas season. It’s a different experience entirely and competes with hot chocolate as a great cold weather drink.

Questions about the Freimarkt? Comment below!

Some horses in the parade, whose riders had neat costumes.
Some horses in the parade, whose riders had neat costumes.
Pretty cool drum group.
Pretty cool drum group.
Probably my favorite group of the parade. I have a soft spot for bagpipes.
Probably my favorite group of the parade. I have a soft spot for bagpipes.
A fairy-tale themed float!
A fairy-tale themed float!
Pirates in Bremen!
Pirates in Bremen!
Not sure which group this was, but they looked really cool and fun!
Not sure which group this was, but they looked really cool and fun!
This penguin float made me laugh, and it was really well put together.
This penguin float made me laugh, and it was really well put together.
A giant, spinning Rubix cube? I love it!
A giant, spinning Rubix cube? I love it!
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