October 1035 Emperor Conrad II gave
the "fair justice" to the city of
Bremen. In the first centuries it
was a free market for one day on 9
October. A showman with a carousel
appeared for the first time in 1809.
Freimarkt (lit. Free Fair) in
Bremen, Germany, first held in 1035,
is the oldest fair in Germany (the
more famous Oktoberfest in Munich
was first celebrated in 1810)With
more than four million visitors each
year, it is also considered to be
the biggest festival in Northern
It is celebrated for 17 days in the
last two weeks of October, somewhat
extended from Friday to Sunday. The
area covers approximately 100,000
square meters on two areas: the
so-called "Kleiner Freimarkt" (lit.
Small Free Fair) on the market
square, and the main area at the "Bürgerweide"
adjacent to the Main Station and the
Like the Oktoberfest, the festival
features a number of beer tents and
amusement rides. An annual highlight
is the "Freimarktsumzug" (lit. Free
Fair Procession) held on the second
Saturday of the festival.