About Bremen

The locals say that Bremen is a city but with the feel of a town!

Bremen is a Hanseatic city straddling the Weser river in northwestern Germany.

As a commercial and industrial city with a major port on the River Weser, Bremen is part of the Bremen/Oldenburg Metropolitan Region, with 2.5 million people. It is the second most populous city in Northern Germany and eleventh in Germany.

Bremen is a major cultural and economic hub in the northern regions of Germany. It is is home to dozens of historical galleries and museums, ranging from historical sculptures to major art museums, such as the Kunsthalle Bremen and Übersee-Museum. The Universum, a fascinating science museum not far from the school is well worth a visit.

The Bremer Marktplatz (Bremen Market Square) is situated in the centre of the city and is surrounded by many great historical buildings very similar to those in Brussels.The most impressive of which is the Renaissance-style City Hall, decorated with many sculptures and ornamental arches. The Marktplatz is a much visited tourist attraction in October at the annual Freimarkt Fair and the beautiful Christmas market. Bremen is also famous for the Brothers Grimm tale the Town Musicians of Bremen and the animated movie based on it.

The city is also home to large multinational companies such as Daimler, who make Mercedes-Benz cars, and the Airbus Group.  Four-time German football champions Werder Bremen are also based in the city.

There are many research institutes in Bremen such as the Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), ZARM and Max-Planck-Institute to name but a few. They are situated mainly in the Technology park right next to the University of Bremen and the International School itself, this offers great opportunities and links for students at the school.