For more than 1,200 years a church has overlooked Bremen’s main market square, though today’s cathedral is the outcome of a turbulent and war-haunted history. The 789 wooden cathedral was soon replaced by a stone structure, but was destroyed several times until an 11th century reconstruction formed the foundation for today’s cathedral. But again, wars ravaged Bremen; the cathedral was reconstructed by 1901, only to be hit by Allied bomb raids in the Second World War again. Costly reconstruction works were not completed until 1985. Guided tours offer a more in-depth account of the impressive building, and the platform at the top of the southern tower has the best views over Bremen’s city centre.