Our trip to the city of Bremen brought river views, musical bells, and nautical history.
When we first arrived, we stopped in a small town square along with a large group of other people. I wasn’t sure why we had stopped, but a few minutes later I figured it out. Bells started to play as on of the walls on a building’s façade came alive. Part of the wall was animated, and was synced to a musical bell concert. A rotating pillar etched with the city’s history reminded me about the bombings and impact the war had on many of the German cities at the time.
It was really interesting to see such a unique little show in the middle of an obscure town square. Late in the day, we visited the same area for a taste of fresh Bremen bon-bon candies (yum!).
We were given some time to walk around and see what the town had to offer. Trenton Wells and I did a small bit of shopping and ended up getting some gelato for our boat ride along the river.
It felt great to be on a boat in the nice warm weather. During our guided boat tour, some of us students were able to talk with our professors about engineering feats that we saw along the river. It was great to get several different perspectives: Professor Wunder talked about water treatment upstream from the town and Professor DeRooy analyzed a crane carrying a load. Once again I was reminded of the engineered world around me, and was encouraged to see that engineers have a huge effect on the built environment.
Following the boat tour, our group headed into a small part of town called the Schnorr. It used to be where the local sailors lived, but now it is full of small shops and restaurants. I enjoyed some gelato while I walked through the shops with Trenton and Alex.
Later in the evening, a few of us found a free organ concert in the church. It was nice to relax and hear a glimpse of the church’s history through the pipes of the organ.
Dinner with the group was great as always—it felt like we were eating in a dungeon. Wiener schnitzel is definitely something I will miss when we get back to states. I finished off the night with strudel along the river with a small group of people.
Bremen was a really great city with an interesting nautical history, but I felt as though it was small. I really enjoyed what it had to offer, but I wonder how much more there would be to see and do, were I to stay for longer. Bis später, Bremen.