Situated in the North of Germany, the “Free Hanseatic Bremen” is a federal state comprising Bremen and Bremerhaven. It is an attractive city with a beautiful and historic center that is very pleasant to visit on foot. This cosmopolitan city on the Weser river can look back on over 1,200 years of history. Attractions include the Weser Renaissance town hall and the Roland statue on the market square (a joint UNESCO World Heritage site since 2004), the Schnoor – Bremen’s oldest quarter, the quaint buildings in Böttcherstraße and the cathedral. Bremen’s best-known monument and its emblem are the statue of the Town Musicians featuring the donkey, dog, cat and rooster from the Brothers Grimm fairytale. Bremen has particular expertise in aviation and space travel, the automotive industry, food and beverages, microsystem technologies, environmental technologies, healthcare and biotechnology and is a leading high-tech location: Technologiepark Bremen is home to more than 350 high-tech firms – a prime example of science and commerce working hand in hand. As one of eleven universities, the University of Bremen has recently been awarded “University of Excellence”. Altogether there are two universities, four higher education institutes, well over 70 research institutes, and more than 30,000 students.
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