Central Library of the Bremen Municipal Library

The Central Library of the Bremen Municipal Library combines a historical façade with a modern core. As an independent entity of the municipality of Bremen, it is a public library with approx. 540,000 media in stock. Apart from the Central Library Am Wall, the library network includes local libraries, school libraries and the bus library. The Central Library forms the western starting point of the Cultural District.


Gerhard-Marcks-Haus has a long architectural history. It is located on the edge of the Old Town district right next to Kunsthalle in the Wallanlagen. It is a museum for modern and contemporary sculpture. Today it houses the predominant portion of the works left by sculptor and graphic artist Gerhard Marcks.

Documentation Centre at Gefangenenhaus Ostertorwache

The Documentation Centre at Gefangenenhaus Ostertorwache is located in the rear section of Wilhelm-Wagenfeld-Haus. Its function is to keep and reappraise the history of the building. Particularly the role of Ostertorwache (former house of detention) during the Nazi period is scrutinized here.

Theater Bremen

Theater Bremen is a state theatre offering four genres: operas, plays, dance theatre and MoKS (an experimental model for artists and pupils). The four physically separate, but architecturally connected venues offer a wide variety of stages. The theatre achieved international fame in 1962 under then General Manager and Artistic Director Kurt Hübner. He shaped the “Bremen style” based on innovative and modern theatrical productions.

Thanks to the central location of the “Cultural District”, it acts as a link between the Old Town at one end and the streets with a multicultural flavour in the “Quarter” at the other end.

University of the Arts in Bremen

Originally built as a grammar school, the edifice dating from 1985 was restored, modernized and provided with an annex in 2005. The University of the Arts in Bremen is a state institution of higher education for art and music. It is divided into the Art and Design Department and the Music Department. The latter is located in Dechanatstrasse in Bremen’s Old Town. The University of the Arts in Bremen numbers among the few such educational institutions where both the fine arts and music are represented. In 2003 the Art and Design Department as well as the university administration moved to a former cotton storehouse in Überseestadt.

Kunsthalle Bremen

The foundation stone for Kunsthalle Bremen (Bremen Art Gallery) was laid in July 1847 and the new building was officially opened on 1 May 1849. It houses a major German art museum that captivates numerous visitors through its changing exhibitions. The financial sponsor of Kunsthalle Bremen is the Art Society in Bremen, founded in 1823. This makes Kunsthalle Bremen the only museum in Germany with an impressive art collection of the 14th to the 21st century financed through private sponsorship down to today.


Wilhelm-Wagenfeld-Haus is a much used cultural institution in Bremen. The building serves as an exhibition and event venue for Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen (Bremen Economic Development) as well as the headquarters of the Wilhelm Wagenfeld Foundation and Bremer Design GmbH. Wilhelm-Wagenfeld-Haus has a very specific focal point in the field of design.

Villa Ichon

Built in 1849 and now classified as a historical monument, Villa Ichon is located at Goetheplatz in the Ostertor district between Kunsthalle, Gerhard-Marcks-Haus and the Bremen Theatre. It is known nationwide as a forum for cultural and peace work.