Bremen is a safe city with family-friendly neighbourhoods. Every area of Bremen offers a wide choice of accommodation and is well served by public transport. There is a high employment rate for expats and an emphasis on a good work-life balance.
Bremen is close to many attractions in the region, including Serengeti Park, Hodenhagen – northern Germany’s largest safari and leisure park – and Walsrode Bird Park. The largest park of its kind in the world, Walsrode also has a botanical garden and 100,000 tulips that bloom in spring. The Luneburg Heath is a nature park with hectares of woodland and fields covered in heather, and picturesque Fischerhude and the surrounding area is a popular destination for cycling and hiking.
With just under 550,000 inhabitants, Bremen is the second largest city in north-west Germany by population, after Hamburg. It is the capital of the region. Bremen is located in the state of Lower Saxony. On both sides of the river Weser, the urban area of Bremen covers about 326 km2. Its sister city is Bremerhaven (which translates as the port of Bremen), it is 1000 years younger than Bremen and located 55 km to the north.
The climate in Bremen is warm and temperate with higher than average rainfall, even in February, which is the driest month. The average temperature in July is 17°C and in December 2°C. Light snow may fall in the winter months, but winters are generally mild. Bremen’s location near the North Sea means that the weather is often windy.
Citizens from any European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country do not need a visa or other permission to visit, live, work or study temporarily in Germany. However, expats wishing to live and work in Germany permanently will need a residence permit, which can be applied for after entering Germany. Citizens of most countries need a visa and a residence permit, and must apply for a visa to work before entering Germany.
Whether this is your first move or your next move already, the process poses many conundrums each time. To plan the process well, make a list of things that need to be done before the move and after the move. This will definitely help you with your relocation.