Area: 404 km2
Population: 2.4 million
City Municipality of Bremen is a Hanseatic city in northwestern
Germany. A commercial and industrial city with a major port on the
river Weser, Bremen is part of the Bremen-Oldenburg metropolitan
area (2.4 million people). Bremen is the second most populous city
in North Germany and tenth in Germany.
Bremen is some 60 km (37 mi) south from the Weser mouth on the North
Sea. With Bremerhaven right on the mouth the two comprise the state
of Bremen (official name: Freie Hansestadt Bremen1 - Free Hanseatic
City of Bremen).
Second most important foreign trade location in the Federal Republic
of Germany. It history dates back 1,200 years to the early centre of the Christian missions to
North and Northeast Europe, major role among the towns of the mediaeval
Hanseatic League, historically evolved as city republic in the tradition
of a trading centre on which patricians left their mark.
Bremen has an international airport situated in the south of the
Bremen site is the second development centre after Hamburg. It forms
part of the production network of Airbus Deutschland GmbH and this
is where equipping of the wing units for all widebody Airbus
aircraft and the manufacture of small sheet metal parts takes place.
Structural assembly, including that of metal landing flaps, is
another focal point. Within the framework of Airbus A380 production,
assembly of the landing flaps (high lift systems) is carried out
here. The pre-final assembly of the fuselage section (excluding the
cockpit) of the A400M military transport aircraft takes place before
delivery on to Spain.
More than 3,100 persons are employed at Bremen, the second largest
Airbus site in Germany. As part of the Centre of Excellence -
Wing/Pylon, Bremen is responsible for the design and manufacture of
high-lift systems for the wings of Airbus aircraft. The entire
process chain for the high-lift elements is established here,
including the project office, technology engineering, flight
physics, system engineering, structure development, verification
tests, structural assembly, wing equipping and ultimate delivery to
the final assembly line. In addition, Bremen manufactures sheet
metal parts like clips and thrust crests for all Airbus aircraft as
part of the Centre of Excellence - Fuselage and Cabin.
In Bremen there is a plant of EADS Astrium and the headquarter of
OHB-System, respectively the first and the third space companies of
There is also a Mercedes-Benz factory in Bremen, building the C, CLK,
SL, SLK, and GLK series of cars.
Beck & Co's headlining brew Beck's and St Pauli Girl beers are
brewed in Bremen. In past centuries when Bremen's port was the "key
to Europe", the city also had a large number of wine importers, but
the number is down to a precious few. Apart from that there is
another link between Bremen and wine: about 800 years ago, quality
wines were produced here. The largest wine cellar in the world is
located in Bremen (below the city's main square), which was once
said to hold over 1 million bottles, but during WWII was raided by
A large number of food producing or trading companies are located in
Bremen with their German or European headquarters: Anheuser-Busch
InBev (Beck's Brewery), Kellogg's, Kraft Foods (Kraft, Jacobs
Coffee, Milka Chocolate, Milram, Miràcoli), Frosta (frosted food),
Nordsee (chain of sea fast food), Melitta Kaffee, Eduscho Kaffee,
Azul Kaffee, Vitakraft (pet food for birds), Atlanta AG (Chiquita
banana), chocolatier Hachez (fine chocolate and confiserie), feodora
Bremen's Rathaus, Dom & Bürgershaft