Two cities, one state: Bremen and its deep-water port on the Weser River, Bremerhaven, make up the federal state of Bremen which is situated in the north west of Germany, along the river Weser, which ends about 60 kilometers south in the North Sea. The state is surrounded by the Federal State of Lower Saxony. In the old days, what is now Germany's smallest federal state gained its fame for the cotton, coffee, tobacco, and fruits it imported, as well as for the wood and wool it exported.
The city is still active, as Germany's second-largest shipbuilding and maritime trade location, but its goods no longer travel exclusively over the seas. Although one of every three jobs in Bremen is port-related, the main employer in the state is an automotive company, which manufactures a number of vehicle models here. Production for sea and land is matched by that for air and space: the wings for several Airbus aircraft models are assembled in Bremen, including laboratories designed for the International Space Station, carrier rockets, and satellite systems.
And lest anyone get hungry or thirsty during their travels, Bremen also produces several world-famous foods and beverages. So much contact with the wider world has made the city independent-minded and cosmopolitan, and trade has led to a wealth of beautiful architecture and some of the world's finest maritime museums.