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Street in Bremen
Basic data
city Bremen
District Old town
Created Middle Ages, first mentioned in 1261
Newly designed 1990s
Cross streets Lloydpassage, Unser Lieben Frauen Kirchhof, Queerenstrasse, Katharinenklosterhof, Pelzerstrasse, Schüsselkorb , Bonehauerstrasse , Herdentorswallstrasse
Buildings Brinkmann and Lange , Sögestraße 1, Karstadt (Bremen) , Ronning-Haus , Allianz-Haus , Seidenhaus Koopmann
User groups Foot traffic
Road design Pedestrian zone.
Sögestraße 18: Destroyed house of the sun pharmacy
Sögestraße, view of Obernstraße
Sögestraße: Pig memorial

The Sögestraße is a main shopping street in Bremen . It leads in a south-north direction from Obernstraße in the direction of Wallanlagen and Herdentorsteinweg / Hauptbahnhof and ends at Am Wall .

Sögestraße is part of a larger pedestrian zone between Obernstraße and Schüsselkorb . Our Lieben Frauen Kirchhof, Lloydpassage , Queerenstrasse, Katharinenklosterhof, Pelzerstrasse, Schüsselkorb , beinhauerstrasse and Herdentorswallstrasse branch off from Sögestrasse . At the northern end of the pedestrian zone is the monument " Swineherd and His Herd " by the sculptor Peter Lehmann , a small herd with their shepherd and the shepherd dog. At the south end is the small horse fountain donated by the jewelers Brinkmann & Lange.



It was first mentioned in 1261 as patea porcorum and in 1306 as Soghestrate . This street was named after the Sögen , Low German for sows , as there were probably many pigsties here in the Middle Ages. The city ​​wall , mentioned in 1229 as muros civitatis , led from the Herdentor - the "portam gregum" - to the south along Sögestraße. The herds of cattle were led to the civic pasture through the herd gate at the north end of the street .

Middle Ages to the 18th century

Along with Langenstrasse and Obernstrasse , the street was one of the first main streets in medieval Bremen. As early as 1251, Bremen's first town hall stood at the corner of Sögestraße and Obernstraße .

By 1600, 18 originated in the Sögestraße no. In the style of the Weser Renaissance , a magnificent gabled house, probably by Lüder von Bentheim designed Sonnenapotheke . The house was inhabited by families of the upper class, u. a. the founder of the sun pharmacy Johann Conrad Rhode (1745–1804) who had the house rebuilt. Rhode's daughter Wilhelmine was married to Senator, later Mayor Johann Smidt ; both lived here from 1804 to 1821. The facades were partially changed in the 18th century in the Rococo style and the ground floor was rebuilt in 1890. Parts of the Renaissance gable of the house that had been bombed out in 1944 were torn down in 1947, stored and later reused in the new building at Langenstrasse 15.

19th century to 1945

Sögestrasse became an important shopping street as early as the 19th century. In 1902, Karstadt opened a department store at 22 Sögestrasse. The new sports store is here today.

The Kaisertheater cinema was located in the Sögestraße 46 building from 1911 to 1915 , the Victoria Theater with 248 seats from 1916 to 1934, renamed as Barberina-Ton-Lichtspiele in 1935 , then in 1953 AKI-Aktuell-Kino and finally from 1971 to 1990 the UFA- Sögestraße with two halls with 258 and 118 seats.

During the Second World War , most of the houses were destroyed in 1944, including the sun pharmacy in Sögestraße 18 and the box house from 1880 on the corner of Sögestraße and Am Wall .

1945 until today

In 1946, the planner Kurt Haering and his then chairman Gerhard Iversen (later CDU politician) developed a concept for the reconstruction of the road for the Bremen Reconstruction Community, without any traffic in the future. The reconstruction of the houses was carried out quickly from 1949 to around 1954 in a very traditional North German style according to plans and plans. a. the architects Kurt Haering (No. 25, Haus Cords, 1949), Heinz Logemann (No. 54, Ronning-Haus , 1950), Erik Schott and Kurt Heymann (No. 42/44, Knigge), Friedrich Schumacher (No. 36 / 38, Dörrbecker & Plate, 1952), Herbert Anker (No.?, Haus Fehsenfeld, 1953), Wilhelm Wortmann and Eric Schott (No. 22, Hinrichs & Bollweg, 1953), Rolf Störmer (Keuert-Haus, 1954), Anker and Carsten Schröck (No. 16/20, Roland clothing, 1954).

The new building of the Ronning-Haus by Ronning-Kaffee (Sögestraße No. 54) from 1950 sparked a heated discussion in Bremen about how to build in the old town. In Sögestraße, uniformly eaves-facing houses were stipulated, while the coffee roaster Carl Ronning built a gabled house behind the building plans according to Logemann's plans, contrary to approval. The building ended up standing there and is now a listed building.

The striking Allianz house with its arcades on the corner of Sögestraße and the corner of Am Wall, by the architect Logemann, was built in 1951. The Higher Regional Court was located at Sögestraße 62/64 from 1957 to 2008.

By 1960 there was already a pedestrian zone at the southern end of Sögestraße from Unser Lieben Frauen Kirchhof to Obernstraße. The short northern end, where the tram had been running since 1879, was a main thoroughfare like it is today. The main part of the street was a one-way southbound. This was also used by the newly established bus routes 24 and 25, and from 1967 to 1971 even by bus routes 30, 31, 33 and 34. There was a stop between Pelzerstraße and Liebfrauenkirchhof.

In 1967 the architects Rolf Störmer and Frei Otto as well as Karl-Heinz-Stelling and Siegfried Köhl won the Sögestraßen competition. In 1969 the street was formally a pedestrian zone, but with heavy bus and delivery traffic until February 1973. Then the bus routes 24 and 25 were relocated to Katharinenstraße. Then the street was paved with reddish hexagonal concrete honeycombs, which were new for Bremen at that time, and divided by hexagonal plant troughs. The planned light, low-lying canopy made of sail roofs with a cable network construction was not implemented. In 2002 the street was redesigned and more restrained with granite slabs.

The popular pig monument swineherd and his flock made of bronze by the sculptor Peter Lehmann was created in 1974 and has since marked the entrance to the pedestrian zone in downtown Bremen.

Buildings and facilities

Buildings under Bremen monument protection :

See also the list of cultural monuments in Bremen-Mitte

Notable Buildings:

  • Lloyd-Passage a 250 meter long shopping arcade from the late 1980s on the public streets Große Hundestraße and Kreyenstraße
  • Sögestraße 22 at the corner of Pelzerstraße: 4-storey. Karstadt Sport department store with glass facades
  • Corner house Sögestraße 74-76 / Am Wall: 7-gesch. Office and commercial building

Monuments and fountains:

See also


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Hans Hermann Meyer: Die Bremer Altstadt S. 118f. Edition Temmen, Bremen 2003, ISBN 3-86108-686-7 .
  2. Eberhard Syring: Bremen and his buildings - 1950 - 1979 , p. 121.Schünemann Verlag, Bremen 2014, ISBN 978-3-944552-30-9 .
  3. ^ Inner city traffic plan 1960, Weser-Kurier of November 23, 1960, p. 6, online only for subscribers
  4. Only two bus routes through Sögestraße, Weser-Kurier from September 22, 1971, p. 9, online only for subscribers
  5. Pedestrians get right of way in the city, Weser-Kurier dated November 11, 1972, p. 13, online only for subscribers
  6. Monument database of the LfD Bremen
  7. Monument database of the LfD Bremen
  8. Monument database of the LfD Bremen
  9. Monument database of the LfD Bremen
  10. Monument database of the LfD Bremen
  11. Monument database of the LfD Bremen
  12. Monument database of the LfD Bremen

Web links

Commons : Sögestraße  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Coordinates: 53 ° 4 ′ 40.7 "  N , 8 ° 48 ′ 28.8"  E