Bremen is the capital of the state Free Hanseatic City of Bremen (short form simply “Bremen”). In addition to Bremen, the district-free city of Bremerhaven also belongs to the two-city state.
Where is Bremen in German?
Located in the northwest of Germany and embedded in the state of Lower Saxony is the city of Bremen. Bremen is part of the metropolitan region of Bremen-Oldenburg and the Weser-Ems region. In this region, Bremen acts as an important service and production center of the Lower Weser region.
Like Berlin and Hamburg, Bremen is one of the three city-states of Germany. Strictly speaking, however, Bremen is a two-city state, since officially Bremerhaven, which is 50 km away, is also part of the state of Bremen. Both are connected not only politically, but also via the river Weser. The common past in the Hanseatic League is still present in both cities today more than just in the cityscape. The name can also be found in the official designation of the federal state as the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. The city of Bremen is the official capital of the federal State of Bremen. Both cities of this federal state are completely surrounded by the federal state of Bremen, but politically act completely independently of the state regulations and laws applicable there. With an area of slightly less than 420 km, Bremen is the smallest federal state in Germany. This is also reflected in the number of inhabitants, which is also one of the federal states with the fewest inhabitants with 670,000 people.
The seaside town on the North Sea
About 57 kilometers north of the city of Bremen is the city of Bremerhaven, which is characterized by its direct location on the North Sea and its port as a seaside town. Bremerhaven is the largest city on the German North Sea coast. Due to the large fishing port and the importance of fishing for the city of Bremerhaven, it is also often referred to as “Fishtown” and its inhabitants as “Fischköppe”. In addition to the fishing port, Bremerhaven has one of the world’s largest container terminals as well as a cruise terminal, from which cruises start all over the world.
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