The travelling artistes the Troubadour, the Ass, the Dog, the Cat and the Cockerel set off, singing a song on their way to the royal palace where they are to give a performance. It is not just the curious townspeople who have come to see the joyous show – even the King and the Princess appear on the balcony. During the performance a youth and the Princess exchange glances and immediately fall in love. At the end of the show the Bremen town musicians form a gymnastic pyramid, but it collapses and the whole company falls directly beneath a window of the royal palace. The guards expel the luckless performers.
The despondent troubadour and his fellow travellers leave the town, while the Princess has nothing to do but lament, sitting in the palace. On a path in the forest the friends discover a hut where there is a feast underway with robbers headed by their chief. Listening to their song, the troubadour understands that they are planning to rob the King. In order to foil their plans, the musicians terrify the robbers who disappear.
The King and his guard go on a morning walk. The musicians, disguised as the robbers, attack the royal guards, tie the King to a tree and hide in the hut. The King fears the worst but the Troubadour and the company emerge to “save” the monarch who promises to give the Princess in marriage to the brave youth. The following morning after the grand and merry royal wedding the loyal friends and the beautiful Princess depart to seek out new adventures.