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Freie Hansestadt Bremen

During my visit to Germany last weekend, we also visited the city of Bremen, rather briefly though, but nevertheless I had enough opportunity to take some photos of the historical centre and the market square in particular.

The city of Bremen is one of the two towns in the state called Freie Hansestadt Bremen (Free Hanseatic City of Bremen), the other one is Bremerhaven. It's the smallest of Germany's 16 states and the cities are located in two seperated enclaves within Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony). Both cities are situated on the River Weser though, Bremerhaven further downstream and close to the North Sea-coast and at 60km distance from the city of Bremen. The official name of the state (just 'Bremen' is more informal) refers to the city's membership of the medieval Hanseatic League.
The city of Bremen has almost 550,000 inhabitants, making it the second populous city in Northern Germany and the tenth in Germany.

On this photo you can see der Bremer Marktplatz (Bremen Market Square), the central square in the city, where Bremer Rathaus (Bremen Town Hall) is located, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004 along with the statue of the city's protector Roland right in front of it. To the left of the town hall you also can see the statue of the Bremer Stadtmusikanten (Town Musicians of Bremen), rather tiny on this photo though).
On the right hand side you can see the Bremer Dom (Bremen Cathedral) with its 98m tall spires.

About the photo
This photo is a stitch of 15 pictures. I never used so many pictures before, so you could call it an experiment. The stitch was made using AutoStitch. It gave a good result, although with some distortions, which I tried to get rid of as good as possible.
Also the many 'ghosts' in the foreground can be explained by the use of so many photos. ;-)
It wasn't really possible to get the town hall and cathedral in just one single photo, there was always some part missing of the view than, so I had to do it this way.

The weather wasn't as nice as I wanted that day, but at the end of the afternoon -this photo was taken around 16.30h- there was some fine low sunlight on the facades, which also gave the otherwise rather greyish skies of that day a more pleasant hue.

Hope you like this view of Bremen and thanks for your visit!

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