The Free Hanseatic City of Bremen in the north-west of Germany is one of three city states and simultaneously the eleventh biggest city and smallest state in Germany. The second city in the two-city state in Lower Saxony is Bremerhaven, which lies 53 km to the north. The State of Bremen covers a surface area of 419.39 km² and is home to 660,000 inhabitants.
Bremen is the green city of the north. The northern suburbs are characterised by their proximity to the Weser river and the rural countryside of Lower Saxony. Those who like a more lively and colourful atmosphere head into the so-called "Viertel" or quarter. This is primarily inhabited by young and creative people living between pubs and boutique shops in the period buildings typical of Bremen. Whether you prefer hustle and bustle or peace and quiet, Bremen has a neighbourhood to suit all tastes. Shopping within walking distance in all quarters, over 2,800 hectares of parkland and a diverse cultural programme make life in Bremen even more pleasant.
Family life is considered to be very important in Bremen. The "Bremer Bündnis für Familien" (Family Alliance) collates the numerous activities offered by different initiatives and organisations for families. Childcare services can be found in the Bremer Kinderbetreuungs-Kompass
, which lists nurseries and other daycare facilities. The Bremer Familienstadtplan
(family city map) provides an overview of counselling services and activities for families, e.g. children's playgrounds and cultural programmes.
Around 35,000 people study in Bremen, approximately 20,000 of them at the public university. This was honoured in 2012 by the Excellency Initiative with the highly endowed "future concept" line of funding. The private English-language Jacobs University was inaugurated in 2001 and its campus is located just 500 metres from the Norddeutsche Steingut AG site. The University of Bremerhaven (the university by the sea) has around 3,200 students and focuses on the fields of science and technology. The educational system has also seen some changes. The "inclusion policy" initiated a major reform of the Bremen school system with the aim of giving more children and teenagers the opportunity to attain the highest educational level possible.
Bremen is easy to reach by all modes of transport, including car, bus, rail and air. The Bremer Kreuz (motorway intersection) is an important hub joining the A27 Cuxhaven-Bremerhaven-Hannover with the A1 Hamburg-Osnabrück-Rheinland motorways. Bremen is also connected to East Frisia and Groningen in the Netherlands by the A28 motorway. The railway station is centrally located and just a 10-minute walk from the city centre. The Bremerhaven city centre can be reached in just a few minutes by public transport too. Bremen is the only German city which has an international airport as little as ten minutes away from the centre.
The city of Bremen has over 350 high-tech companies in the Technology Park, making it the fifth-largest industrial centre in Germany. Products "made in Bremen", such as chocolate, coffee, fish and cars, can be found throughout Europe. With an export quota of 55.7 per cent, Bremen was the number-1 exporter amongst the German states in 2015.
One of the best-known companies based in Bremen is Mercedes-Benz, who have a major plant there. Other major companies have settled in the Hanseatic city too, primarily in the automotive, maritime industries, logistics and aerospace sectors. These include Airbus, the BLG Logistics Group, Arcelor Mittal and Atlas Elektronik. Big players in the food and drinks industry include Anheuser-Busch InBev (Beck's), Mondelez, FRoSTA and Bremer HACHEZ Chocolade.
Many innovative companies from the cultural and creative industries are also based in Bremen. The top hotspots include the Überseestadt, the Stephaniviertel and the Ostertorviertel.
In recent years, Bremen has established itself as a successful business hub with a focus on science, industry and world trade.
You can find more information (in German) on the State of Bremen district and the Steuler Group's sites here: