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The Free Hanseatic City of Bremen is well known for sailors, merchants and the Town Musicians of Bremen but also for cutting-edge port technology. Bremen is the smallest of Germany’s 16 federal states and is one of the city-states being made up of the cities of Bremen and Bremerhaven. The term Hanseatic City refers to its tradition as part of the Hanseatic League, a trading alliance which Bremen joined in 1358.
Bremen is Germany’s southernmost seaport while Bremerhaven is the world’s largest hub for transhipment of cars and boasts the largest interconnected container handling terminal in Europe. Cutting-edge technology makes Bremen’s ports amongst the world’s fastest. Bremen and Bremerhaven together form Germany’s second largest seaport making this federal state into Germany’s second most important centre for foreign trade. Long-standing businesses ranging from the automotive industry, aerospace, logistics and biotechnology to foodstuffs, drinks and tobacco production are all based in Bremen and make it a leading location for high-tech in north-west Germany.
Bremen is also famous for its universities and outstanding scientific institutions such as the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research. But culture has not drawn the short straw. There is a vibrant theatre, art and music scene as well as many state cultural centres and galleries. Founded in 1896, Bremen’s Ethnological Museum is amongst the most important in Europe in its field, as well as being one of Germany’s most visited museums.
With kind permission of the Bundesrat (January 2013)