Places of Interest nearby
Location address: Germany, Bremen, Bremen, Böttcherstraße
Number of texts: 9
The entrance to the Böttcherstraße shows the “Lichtbringer” or the “Bringer of Light”. It was created by Hoetger in April of 1936. It represents the “victory of our Führer over the powers of darkness”. Ludwig Roselius, who took the initiative of the creation of this street was a sympathiser of National Socialism. Although Roselius and Hoetger paid tribute to Hitler with this “Bringer of Light”, the Führer rejected this variant of völkisch art and called it Böttcherstraßenkunst (“Böttcherstraße art”). The street was listed as an architectural monument on 7 May 1937, as an “example of the decadent art of the Weimar period”.
The Boettcherstrasse in only about 100 m long, but is size is inverse to its popularity. It is famous for its unusual architecture and ranks among the city’s main cultural landmarks and visitor attractions. A Bremen-based coffee-trader, named Ludwig Roselius took the initiative to rebuild the street. Here you can find the style called Brick Expressionism, a variant of the expressionist style.
Böttcherstraße is a street in the historic centre of Bremen, Germany. Only about 100 m (330 ft) long, it is famous for its unusual architecture and ranks among the city’s main cultural landmarks and visitor attractions. Most of its buildings were erected between 1922 and 1931, primarily as a result of the initiative of Ludwig Roselius, a Bremen-based coffee-trader, who charged Bernhard Hoetger with the artistic supervision over the project. The street and its buildings are a rare example of an architectural ensemble belonging to a variant of the expressionist style. Several of the houses can be classed as Brick Expressionism.
Ludwig Roselius took the initiative to rebuild the Bötthcherstrasse. Halfway the Böttcherstrasse, you see a small statue representing his head.
Ludwig Roselius made his fortune selling coffee. More specifically, he invented a method to make decaffinated coffee. The story is that his father, also a coffee-salesman, died from a hartattack. Ludwig Roselius, the son, thaught this was caused by the caffeine drinking too much coffee.
In the Böttcherstrasse, tehre is a statue that th locals call “the lazy men”. The “lazy men” were actually clever because they invented things to make their life easy. An example was a fence to keep the sheep close by.
A remarkable detail of the architecture of the Boettherstrasse are the chimneys at the entrance of the street. They have the shape of little men.
The basrelief above the entrance to the Böttcherstraße.
The nice wall of Haus Atlantis.
Detail in the street.