Every city has this recreation zone which locals get to for having a barbecue, swimming, doing sports or just for sunbathing. In Bremen, Germany, it is the Werdersee – an artificial lake created from 1953 on. It is connected to river Weser and has, therefore, a rather good water quality. Formerly it only contained water during high-water flood times, but human intervention made it a nice lake all year round.
There is a separated section for non-swimmers, a sand beach and a playground. On large green fields, you can sit down and enjoy the sun. Get here by taking the Sielwallfähre (a ferry boat for pedestrians and cyclists) in the southeast of the city centre and walking about 20 minutes (most people get here by bike). As you’re then passing by there: have a coffee break at the Café Sand next to the Weserstrand.