Part of student life is, of course, getting to know and (hopefully) loving your college town of Bremen and the surrounding area. The best time of year to fall in love with the city of Bremen is undoubtedly summer. The daily routine of studying at our university will take up a lot of your time and can be quite exhausting. Therefore, it is important to find a good balance between studying and free time. After hours of learning and concentration, it's time to relax in the fresh air – Bremen's extensive green spaces are ideal for this. Bremen is also called the "Pearl on the Weser" and is one of the greenest cities in Germany with its many parks, green spaces and gardens. In combination with the river Weser, which meanders through the Hanseatic city like a lifeline, you will find many oases of relaxation.
Explore Bremen by bike
In general, Bremen and its surroundings are very practical to explore by bike. If you don't have your own bike yet, you can take a rental bike. The Bremen University of Applied Sciences cooperates with the provider WK-Bike, so that students can use rental bikes free of charge for half an hour at a time - even several times a day. Fees are only charged if you borrow a bike for more than 30 minutes. In addition, there are several bike stores in the city that offer rental bikes at reasonable prices.
A popular place for swimming, especially for hot summer days, is the Werdersee. The Werdersee is a tributary of the Weser River with extensive green spaces as well as a sandy beach and is also perfect for barbecuing, relaxing or playing ball with fellow students. There are good cycling and inline skating routes around the lake. On the lake you can sail, row and stand up paddle.
In the immediate vicinity of the Werdersee, on the way back to the city center, lies the Osterdeich. The Osterdeich is an approx. two kilometers long, green piece of dike, where you can enjoy the sunset with a beautiful view of the Weser, but also do sports and picnic with friends. Already in the early morning there is a lot of activity on the Osterdeich, it is a popular place for joggers and yoga enthusiasts. From the Osterdeich you can also get to the opposite bank to the Weser beach, with the so-called Sielwallfähre.
Even more centrally located, directly behind the main train station is the Bürgerpark, a spacious green area with an animal enclosure and Lake Emma. At the boat rental you can rent rowing boats and pedal boats to explore the Emmasee, or go on a discovery tour with the motorboat Marie. The Bürgerpark is also called "Bremen's green lung" and borders the city forest to the north. There are numerous sunbathing lawns, playgrounds, and a miniature golf course with 18 lanes. Among the many activities is a boules court and you can do your running training on the Finn track with a special surface that is easy on the joints. The park is also a great place to just relax and unwind.
Part 2 of the tips for summer activities in Bremen and surroundings will follow next week.