Bremen: What you need to know
Where is it?
Since its reunification in 1990, the new Germany has consisted of 16 federal states. There are three city states – the capital city of Berlin, plus Hamburg and Bremen – and 13 diverse regions ranging from Schleswig-Holstein in the north to Bavaria in the south. Bremen is a Hanseatic city in northwestern Germany and like Berlin and Hamburg it is an independent state aswell. Bremen is locatet in the state Lower Saxony and has a major port on the River Weser.
It is the second most populous city in Northern Germany and tenth in Germany.
How do I get there?
Bremen is easy to reach by train and has an international airport situated 3 km south of the city centre.
Is it a good place to learn German?
Bremen is as well as the state Lower Saxony a great place to learn the standard German language, because it is not influenced by slangs or dialects.
You can also contact the agency called “BAMF” that offers free german- and integration-coures for people from different countries that would like to work in Germany. You should check their website for more information and where those courses will be available in your area (http://www.bamf.de/).
German is a very difficult language in general and has a large variety of dialects and slangs that even the native speakers have their problems with it, so it is very important that you find the right class for you.
Moving to Bremen: 3 things you need to know
1.) Where to live?
There’s so much choice of accommodation in Bremen that it’s hard to know where to look. That’s where Room in the Moon can help! Check out our accommodation listings here (LINK to
accommodation part of the site).
Bremen offers a lot of great places to live. To give you some idea’s depending on your budget take a look on the list below.
The most desired but also the most expensive district would be the Steintor district, because it is located in the center and offers the most variety in things you can do.
The district Findorff or New Town would be of medium prices.
A cheaper option would be Walle or Groepelingen.
2.) Where to work?
Bremen forms part of the production network of Airbus Deutschland GmbH, who is a leading aircraft manufacturer.
In Bremen there is a plant of EADS Astrium and the headquarter of OHB-System, respectively the first and the third space companies of the European Union.
There is also a Mercedes-Benz factory and a large number of food producing or trading companies located in Bremen with their German or European headquarters: Anheuser–Busch InBev (Beck’s Brewery), Kellogg’s, Kraft Foods (Kraft, Jacobs Coffee, Milka Chocolate, Milram, Miràcoli), Frosta (frosted food), Nordsee (chain of sea fast food), Melitta Kaffee, Eduscho Kaffee, Azul Kaffee, Vitakraft (pet food for birds and fishes), Atlanta AG (Chiquita banana), chocolatier Hachez (fine chocolate and confiserie), feodora chocolatier.
As you see there are many different options to choose from when you are looking for a job in Bremen.
If you want to study in Bremen the University of Bremen is the best way to do it (http://www.uni-bremen.de/en.html). It is one the eleven Universities in Germany that has a special award for studying. Another interesting University is the Jacobs University, because it is an international one, but private and thus not very cheap (http://www.jacobs-university.de/)
3.) How to get around?
Bremer Straßenbahn AG (translates from German as Bremen Tramways Corporation), often abbreviated BSAG, is the public transport provider for Bremen, offering tramway and bus services.
The Bremen S-Bahn covers the Bremen/Oldenburg Metropolitan Region, from Bremerhaven in the north to Twistringen in the south and from Oldenburg in the west, centred on Bremen Central Station. It has been in operation since 2010. This network unified existing regional transport in Bremen as well as surrounding cities, including Bremerhaven, Delmenhorst, Twistringen, Nordenham, Oldenburg, and Verden an der Aller. The network lies completely within the area of the Bremen-Lower Saxony Transport Association, whose tariff structure applies.