The name of the Böttcherstraße comes from the Bottichmacher (people who make barrels). Beer, wine and other food were transported in the barrels they produced. Because of their proximity to the old port of Bremen, they had a good life for a long time. But when the harbor was laid, the people making barrels moved away and the houses of the Böttcherstraße decayed.
The savior of Böttcherstraße
Ludwig Roselius, the inventor of Kaffee HAG, acquired the house number 6 in Böttcherstraße in 1902 in order to restore it. Little by little, he bought all the other houses of the Böttcherstrasse to demolish them and turn the street into a single great work of art. Not only did he market his coffee, he also wanted to show his love to Bremen.
After the Böttcherstraße was rebuilt, it remained only 13 years until 1944 a large part of the street was bombed. It took ten years to restore the facades with some minor changes.
Sightseeing in Böttcherstraße
The House of the carillon
In the middle of the Böttcherstraße is the house of the carillon. Here, ten different Atlantic crossings are displayed three times a day (12:00, 15:00 and 18:00). Wood carved panels with pictures of Columbus, Zeppelin or Vikings turn to a melody, which is played on Meißner porcelain bells.
A bit hidden in the craftsmen’s yard, right in front of the Bremen candy shop stands the Sieben-Faulen-Brunnen (fountain of the seven lazy men). The seven lazy men were sons of a farmer, who did not want to work in the fields. Because of their laziness, however, no one wanted to give them work in Bremen either. So they moved into the world and when they came back after many years they began to apply what they had learned on their journey. They built a dam against the flood of the Weser, drilled wells and fortified paths. The people in Bremen nevertheless said that the seven were still too lazy to get dirty at work.
On the well of the seven lazy men there is a pipe with small Bremen Town Musicians. That is why the well is not the Seven Lazy Men Fountain for many, but the Town Musician’s fountain. The candy shop behind it, I can highly recommend. Here you can buy a special Bremer candy, the Babbeler. My favorite is still a lollipop with the name Knäck. You should never bite on a Knäck, you could lose teeth.
Die Ständige Vertretung
As we were talking about candy, we can go on with something to drink. In Bremen we not only drink Becks, but also Kölsch, at least in the Ständige Vertretung (Permanent Representation). Here you can eat and drink the specialties of the Rhineland and look at the many pictures of politicians hanging on the walls. Since years the Ständige Vertretung hasn’t been only a pub, but also a political meeting place.
Houses in Böttcherstraße
As I have already written, the Böttcherstraße is a true work of art. At first sight you might not see that, so I recommend to look at the houses there very closely. My favorite house is the house Atlantis, because I like the facade so much. The house is supposed to represent the history of the mysterious island of Atlantis, which is very successful in the stairwell with its white and blue stones.
In the HAG house, you can once again admire the seven lazy men on the roof. In the house there are sometimes coffee samples and you can see the old coffee advertising.
In Böttcherstraße we also have a Robinson Crusoe house. If you have not read the story you might ask yourself why. The novel begins with the words: “I was born in the year 1632, in the city of York, of a good family, though not of that country, my father being a foreigner of Bremen, who settled first at Hull.”