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City centre and retail

Bremen – a city with a long history as a centre of commerce

In the Middle Ages, Bremen was a member of the Hanseatic trading league and remains a centre of commerce to this day. Its easy accessibility, its variety and its choice are key attractions for the city's 550,000-plus residents and for people living in the surrounding areas. A total of around one million people regularly go shopping in Bremen. Additional demand is being driven by tourism, which is evident from the steadily rising number of overnight stays. The city centre in particular is a magnet for visitors from Germany and abroad – it is steeped in charm and boasts attractions such as the Bremen Town Musicians from the Brothers Grimm Fairytale, and the town hall and Roland statue on the market square, which together form a UNESCO World Heritage site.

As you would expect for a city of Bremen's size, the shops are not just found in the centre. Other parts of the city, such as the Viertel, or 'quarter', offer numerous opportunities for strolling around and shopping. There are also shopping centres and retail parks of all sizes, meaning Bremen has everything you could want of a shopping destination.

Success Stories

8 October 2021
State of Bremen at Expo Real 2021

Last year, one of the most important trade fairs for real estate and investment in Europe, Expo Real, had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. This year it will be hosted again in Munich. The State of Bremen will also be in attendance from 11 to 13 October 2021 to promote its real estate projects in Bremen and Bremerhaven.

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4 August 2021
What Happens In the Supermarket at Night

This robot's job doesn't start until the last member of staff leaves the store at the end of the working day: Roaming through the shelves, he helps physical stores to compete with online retailers.

Welcome our new robotic night manager
Wind energy
18 February 2021
5 Green Businesses in Bremen

Doing business in a sustainable, ecological way not only makes a positive contribution to the community and the environment but is also profitable. Five Bremen companies show us what they're doing.

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