Escorted Rail Tours to Bremen
Germany's oldest port
With its long past as a member of the Hanseatic League, the compact city of Bremen is home to Germany's oldest port, and still governs itself as the smallest state in the country's Federal Republic.
Many of the city's modern foundations developed in the late 8th century, when the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne sent missionaries to convert the area's heathens to Christianity. In 789 AD the city's first church was built on the site where the mighty cathedral stands today, and the population increased significantly.
Bremen was granted free market status in the 990s, giving the city's independent merchants the same trading rights as those working on behalf of the crown; this was a major step for Bremen's economic expansion. Its position on the River Weser ensured the city was in a prime position for trade, and before long business was booming. Over the following centuries wool and wood were exported, and were exchanged for coffee and tropical fruits.