My Bremen: The Windrose on the Martinianleger

Bremen is open to the world! Of course, the Weser metropolis has been connected with the world for centuries as a trading port on the Ems and through its river. As an old Hanseatic city, people of different origins were welcomed here. A recent survey among the Bremen residents also revealed that the inhabitants particularly like the cosmopolitan feeling of their home city. Within the 11,000 descriptions collected, ‘cosmopolitan’, ‘colourful’, ‘tolerant’ and ‘diverse’ were the most mentioned terms.

For me, this cosmopolitan view of the world has always been linked inseparably with the location on the river. From here, Bremen residents set out for the big wide world and welcomed foreigners into their harbours. This is why the Windrose on the Martinianleger, the Martini Landing stage, is such a beautiful symbol of Bremen’s history and future.

The Windrose on the Martinianleger, Bremen

The bronze sculpture ‘Windrose’ was produced in 1966 by the sculptor Paul Halbhuber (1909-1995). It points in the four celestial directions and to approximately 80 world and port cities. The distances in kilometres to the faraway cities are also indicated.

The celestial directions and the distance and direction information can be found on a flat bronze plate two metres in diameter. The distinctive feature of the Windrose is the centre: there is a relief with the Musicians of Bremen.

The Musicians of Bremen stand for cosmopolitanism and are shown at the heart of the Windrose.

For the 75th anniversary of the company in 1965, Alfred Kühne gave the city council of Bremen the Windrose sculpture to make the square in front of the Wilhelm-Kaisen-Brücke bridge more attractive. Since the building was demolished and rebuilt, it has been located at the Martinianleger.

To anywhere in the world upstream and downstream along the Weser… the Windrose on the Martinianleger shows the way.

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