Bremen and Frankfurt are among Germany’s Largest Cities. Bremen occupies the eleventh place with 557,464 inhabitants while Frankfurt with 732,688 inhabitants occupies the fifth place.

Bremen or Frankfurt?

1. Bremen x Frankfurt Overview

Bremen a city in the north of GermanyBremen

Frankfurt one of the most visited cities in GermanyFrankfurt

Bremen is one of Germany’s largest ports and maritime trade centers. The city has a charming old center, and is an important commercial and cultural center.

Frankfurt is an important commercial and economic center in Europe. The highlight of a visit to Frankfurt is in the center around the Römerberg, which has several attractions that can be explored on foot and also provides excellent options for day trips.

2. Hotels

Parkhotel Bremen©Parkhotel Bremen

Le Méridien Frankfurt©Le Méridien Frankfurt

In Bremen the average price for a 3 star category hotel is USD 98 and for a 5 star category hotel it is USD 161.

And in Frankfurt the average price for a 3 star category hotel is USD 69 and for a 5 star category hotel it is USD 162.

3. Shopping

Shopping area in BremenBremen – ©Carlos Ibáñez

Shopping area in FrankfurtFrankfurt – ©Christian Salow

Bremen offers good shopping options like the Waterfront, Weserpark and others.

Frankfurt has department stores and shopping malls such as Galeria Kaufhof, Primark and MyZeil. The most elegant street in the city is the Goethestrasse, where you can find all the luxury brands.

4. Museums

Museum in BremenBremen

Museum in FrankfurtFrankfurt

Bremen has great museum options such as the Übersee Museum, the Focke Museum, the Universum Science Center and others.

Frankfurt also offers good museum options like the Naturmuseum Senckenberg, the famous Goethe House and the Museum für moderne Kunst.

5. Parks

Park in BremenBremen

Green area in FrankfurtFrankfurt

Bremen is home to beautiful parks like Rhododendronpark, Wallanlagen and Burgerpark.

Although Frankfurt is known for its high-rise buildings, the city has beautiful green spaces like the Grüneburgpark, Bethmann Park, Metzlerpark and others.

6. Day Trips

Cuxhaven in GermanyCuxhaven – ©davide ragusa

Heidelberg - one of the most beautiful cities in GermanyHeidelberg – ©Brina Blum

From Bremen it is possible to combine a day trip to destinations such as Celle, Cuxhaven, Lueneburg.

One of the advantages of Frankfurt is that the city offers excellent day trips options, Heidelberg, Mannheim, Würzburg, Koblenz are some of the destinations within easy reach.

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Itinerary Idea

2 Days in Bremen

Frankfurt vs BremenBremen – ©Mark König

Day 1 in Bremen

On the first day in Bremen, start visiting Marktplatz, located in the old city center. In the square are located several attractions such as the City Hall (Rathaus) and the Statue of Roland.

Bremen‘s Liebfrauenkirche located 100 meters from the Rathaus, is the oldest church in the city. Bremen Cathedral, known as St. Petri Dom with its 98 meter towers, is another must-see attraction in the old center.

Head to Böttcherstrasse, a narrow street with numerous unusual examples of expressionist architecture. It is one of the most popular attractions in the city.

Also visit the Wallanlagen, a park located 750 meters from Marktplatz. End the day by visiting Schlachte, a boulevard along the banks of the Weser River. It is currently famous for its restaurants and Biergarten.

Day 2 in Bremen

On the second day in Bremen, start visiting the Universum Bremen, a modern museum with 250 exhibitions located near the University of Bremen. Head to the Focke-Museum, a museum that covers 1,000 years of Bremen‘s history.

Be sure to visit Rhododendron, a park located 1.5 km from the Focke-Museum. It is a wonderful place to be explored.

3 Days in Frankfurt

Frankfurt vs BremenFrankfurt – ©Noah Boyer

Day 1 in Frankfurt

On the first day in Frankfurt, explore the old city center. Start by visiting the beautiful Römerberg, one of the symbols of the city. Several buildings and attractions are located on or around the square such as St. Nicholas, Paulskirche, MMK Museum, Frankfurt Cathedral.

Head to the Iron Bridge and enjoy the view of the Main river. Take a stroll along Goethestrasse, the most elegant street in the city with several luxury stores and head to Goethe House. Hauptwache, another famous square is located 650 meters from Goethe House.

End the day by visiting the Main Tower for panoramic views of Frankfurt.

Day 2 in Frankfurt

On the second day, visit on a day trip one of the nearby cities like Würzburg or Heidelberg.

Day 3 in Frankfurt

On the third day in Frankfurt, start visiting the Frankfurt Zoo, after visiting the zoo, pass the Eschenheimer Turm, a 1400s tower that now houses a café and meeting rooms.

Another important building in the city is the Alte Oper, located on Opernplatz.

Head to the Senckenberg Museum of Natural History, one of the most modern museums of natural history in Europe.

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