The Free Hanseatic City of Bremen (www.bremen-tourismus.de) is an international seaport and trading center close to the North Sea, an independent state of the Federal Republic of Germany, consisting of the cities of Bremen and Bremerhaven, covering an area of 400 square kilometers (the smallest of the 16 German states). The total population of the city of Bremen is 550,000, making it the tenth largest town in Germany.
The two-city state is an important location for German engineering competencies in automobile manufacture, electronics, steel, shipbuilding, and aerospace industry. Additionally, it plays a leading role in the food processing industry, for example for coffee, beer, chocolate, or spices. In the last years, the city has rapidly changed into a location for service and high-tech industry and is one of the German centers of wind-energy engineering.
Bremen's history goes back over 1,200 years and can be encountered everywhere: The baroque and renaissance backdrop of the Market Square, the Town Hall, the patrician houses, or the old-city quarters Schnoor and Böttcherstrasse are examples of the many historical traces to discover. The Free Hanseatic City of Bremen always played a major role as trading and commercial center and seaport: in mediaeval times as key player among the towns of the Hanseatic League, and today as second most important foreign trade location in Germany.
Finally, Bremen is a place where people know how to enjoy life. It is a town with over 1,000 pubs, cafés, restaurants, bistros and bars, where lifestyle and relations between people are based on the principles of freedom, tolerance and liberality. The Schlachte Embankment along the River Weser is a magnet for locals and tourists: there are always people milling around by the water, especially when the sun is out. The "Klimahaus® Bremerhaven 8° Ost" opened in 2009 creates a spectacular knowledge and adventure world and presents scientifically well-founded data, facts and phenomena on climate and climate protection in a fascinating way, making them tangible to visitors (www.klimahaus-bremerhaven.eu/panel/warming-weather-world-explorers).
At www.bremen-tourismus.de/Brochures you can download some PDF-Files with many helpful information about Bremen.
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