Ischa Freimaak!

Some cities in Germany have their own events and special times of the year: like Karneval in Cologne, Oktoberfest in Munich or the Canstatter Wasen in Stuttgart. In Bremen it is time for the Freimarkt in the last two weeks of October; always beginning on a Friday. It’s a tradition reaching back to the year 1035 and as the typical limitations and monopolies of markets in the city where revoked within this time frame, the name free market was established.

The location of the Freimarkt has changed often during the years. Today it can be found on the reverse side of the main railway station of Bremen. In addition to many market stands selling sweets, food and drinks, there are many carnival rides and rollercoasters. And you can enjoy small games like camel races or skidding (plastic!) frogs. The people of Bremen enjoy this time of the year very much and celebrate it with the slogan “Ischa Freimaak!” which simply means “It’s free market time!“.

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