Bremen - a breath of fresh air:
The northern German city on the river Weser is full of Hanseatic traditions and has a decidedly maritime flair. It is also a leading centre for technology businesses and research in Germany, and it offers a comprehensive infrastructure for meetings and congresses with an innovative touch.
Northern cocktail of history, tradition, science and technology
With 500,000 inhabitants and only a 40 minutes’ drive from the North Sea Coast, Bremen is Germany’s tenth largest city. Yet, it is also compact, with a picturesque historical quarter as well as a congress centre right in the middle of town. Bremen is renowned for its mascots, the Town Musicians from the Brothers Grimm fairytale. This ‘animal ensemble’ is part of the UNESCO-listed splendid Weser Renaissance town hall on the historical market square. Add to that innovative ventures such as the science centre and visitor highlight Universum Bremen - also one of the city’s more unusual event venues - or the local Airbus Defence & Space facility (great for incentive activities!) and this unique northern German cocktail of history, tradition, science and technology is complete.
Did you know?
Bremen was named Germany's first 'City of Science' in 2005 by Stifterverband der Deutschen Wissenschaft, a German industry initiative promoting science and learning.
Transport & Location
Transport and Location
Bremen lies about 68 miles south-west of Hamburg. Its international airport with non-stop flights to a number of major European cities is a mere 15 minutes from town. A tram takes visitors directly to Bremen’s exhibition and congress centre which is also right next to the main train station. Hotels and restaurants are in direct vicinity, too, making Bremen extremely walkable and a destination of choice for green meetings. A suburban train system (S-Bahn) connects Bremen to surrounding cities, such as its sister city Bremerhaven on the North Sea Coast.
Bremen’s central exhibition and congress centre which is directly connected to the Maritim Hotel offers eight exhibition halls and a further 21 conference rooms on the congress level with capacities for up to 10,000 delegates. International events such as fish international, Aerospace Electrical Systems Expo Europe or Space Tech Expo Europe appreciate the flexibility the premises provide for trade and consumer fairs, congresses, conferences and corporate events. Bremen is particularly strong in the transport and logistics, energy/renewable energy and environmental as well as aerospace sectors. And car buffs will be delighted to hear that it is home to Europe’s second biggest Mercedes-Benz plant where corporate tours of the facilities can be arranged.
Bremen is also a stand-out congress location when it comes to sustainability: Several of the altogether 90 hotels (9,000 beds) offer green meetings and getting around in town is as green as it gets. More than 60% of all hotels can be reached by foot from the train station; there are e-bikes available and a mini electro bus for environmentally friendly tours and transfers. For the ultimate green meeting venue, botanika is top of the list. This science centre is part of Bremen’s Rhododenron Park and a showcase for biodiversity and plant ecology.
Bremen is not short of unusual event locations such as the beautiful art deco Himmelssaal (‘sky room‘), which is part of the Radisson Blue Hotel, the famous Ratskeller restaurant beneath the town hall with its exquisite collection of German wines, or Schulschiff Deutschland, Germany’s last tall ship and very popular event ship for conferences and banquets.
Things to see & do
Things to see & do
Bremen features numerous distinctive neighbourhoods and places, starting with the historical centre, UNESCO-listed town hall and Town Musicians statue. The so-called Schnoor neighbourhood in the city’s medieval centre is the oldest part of town and a delightful maze of little alleys, lovingly restored houses and quaint shops. Also not to be missed in the historic centre: Böttcherstrasse, Bremen’s most famous street and known for its cluster of buildings from the 1920ies and 1930ies as a rare example of an unusual type of expressionist architecture. So-called Schlachte takes visitors on a promenade walk along the Weser river and Überseestadt is a new residential and commercial district with harbour vibes. For the perfect souvenir from this traditional Hanseatic city, a wide variety of fine goods such as wines, schnapps, coffee, tea and tobacco reflects Bremen’s long commitment to international trade. Lovers of sweets will delight in the old-school Bremen Bonbon Manufaktur in the town centre, for myriads of hand-made sweets in all colours and flavours.
Bremen: Centre of maritime excellence.
Bremen's strengths lie in the fields of transport + logistics and energy + the environment.
Aerospace technology is another of Bremen's areas of excellence along with renewable energies, particularly wind energy. The port is an outstanding base for the city's large maritime economy and logistics sector.