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Bremen is a city in the Hanseatic state, in north-western Germany. This commercial and industrial city is a major port on the River Weser. Bremen is the second most populous city in Northern Germany and tenth in Germany overall. Bremen is 119km (74 miles) SW of Hamburg and 122km (76 miles) NW of Hannover. It is Germany’s oldest coastal city, and is very tied to the sea. Around the port, the sights and smells of coffee, cacao, tropical fruit, lumber, and tobacco reflect its international status.
Bremen is the location for a development site for Airbus Deutschland GmbH, this site employs over three thousand, and is the second largest Airbus site in Germany. This city is also the headquarters of two space industry companies OHB-System, and one site of EADS Astrium. Bremen is also the sight of a Mercedes-Benz factory and Beck & Co’s brewing in Bremen makes Beck’s and St Pauli Girl beers. A large number of food producing or trading companies are located in Bremen with their German or European headquarters. These include Kellogg’s, Kraft Foods, Frosta (frozen food), Nordsee (chain of fast food), Melitta Kaffee, Eduscho Kaffee, Azul Kaffee, Vitakraft (pet food for birds and fishes), Atlanta AG (Chiquita banana), and Feodora Chocolatier. There are many areas in Bremen that offer office space parks.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Set back on Bremen square is St. Peter’s, which towers majestically over all other buildings in the Altstadt. Designed in 1043 as the archbishop’s church, it was rebuilt in the 13th, 16th, and 19th centuries. Here you will find a 12th-century bronze baptismal font in one of the Romanesque crypts and, in the Bleikeller (Lead Cellar), there’s a bizarre collection of mummified corpses of workers who fell from the roof during construction of the church. One of Germany’s most famous restaurants is the Ratskeller which can be found in Bremen. Appetisers consist of an assortment of smoked fish as well as creamy fish soup flavoured with saffron. Main courses often include fried pikeperch in a basil sauce, or chicken ragout served Bremen style in a crayfish sauce with calves’ sweetbreads and tongues, mushrooms, sausages, and a vegetable risotto.
The Bremen Flughafen airport lies only 3km (2 miles) southeast of the city centre. It is mainly used as a commuter airport for flights within Germany. Bremen has excellent rail connections with leading German cities. Its Hauptbahnhof lies on major rail lines, including Hamburg-Bremen-Osnabrück-Münster and Hannover-Bremen-Bremerhaven.