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Our basic press information on the Überseestadt Bremen provides information on one of the largest urban development projects in Europe and provides current figures from the district.
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Überseestadt Bremen: Breathing new life into the old docklands
From an abandoned port to a bustling “world of possibilities”: Since the early 2000s, the former docklands in Bremen’s western quarter have been under development to create a new “Überseestadt”. Bremeninvest has been commissioned by Bremen’s Senator for the Economy, Employment and Ports to improve infrastructure, successfully put commercial and residential properties on the market, help companies establish their business there and actively provide the various stakeholders in the Überseestadt with the support needed to fill this new district in Walle with life.

The Überseestadt is located exactly where great international cargo ships used to be docked, loaded and unloaded (hence its name as the “City Beyond the Seas”). By the late 1980s, however, the Europahafen and international seaport had failed to adapt to the developments in modern container shipping, leading to several vacancies around the harbour basin. The Senate of Bremen approved a master plan in 2000 to restructure the former docklands to the right of the Weser. The idea was to reclaim the area for urban living and business by creating a new district: the Überseestadt. All local developments are still based on this master plan to this day.

One of Europe’s largest urban development projects
It seamlessly joins the list of outstanding European port regeneration projects and is one of the largest urban development schemes of its kind. Bremeninvest is driving development work over the Überseestadt’s 1km x 3.5km plot of land. “We expect the Überseestadt and its infrastructure to be fully marketed by 2025”, predicts Andreas Heyer, the Chairman of the Board at Bremeninvest. This is a realistic goal considering the impressive rate of development so far: “The Überseestadt is developing really quickly with great success.
The Überseestadt’s location near the city centre is an important factor: It’s just under two kilometres away from Bremen Cathedral, and you can get there by walking along the popular “Schlachte” promenade by the river Weser. As a district in Bremen-Walle, the Überseestadt can be reached directly using public transport, the A27 and A281 motorways, and from Bremen Airport via the B6 road.

The old and the new
The Überseestadt is different from other projects of its kind in that the people of Bremen have opted against a general overhaul, deciding instead to retain the existing port industry while developing new open spaces for a wide range of uses.
The Überseestadt’s redevelopment has breathed new life into its port and logistics companies, its historical storage facilities and sheds, and Bremen’s long-established companies. Its central promenade is formed by the restructured quayside of the Europahafen. June 2011 saw the inauguration of a marina at the Europahafen with mooring facilities for both private boats and passenger ships.

New properties have been under development around the harbour basin since 2003, and they all fit in nicely among the surrounding storage facilities. Elaborate restoration work has also been carried out on several old and listed buildings. Retailers and long-standing companies have been joined in the area by young start-ups. Companies from the cultural and creative sectors have also proven to be a stroke of luck for Bremen’s city planners; they were among the first businesses to become established in the Überseestadt after believing in its potential. 

The living spaces, jobs and various other activities available in the Überseestadt accentuate its quality as a “world of possibilities”. The new quarter on the waterfront is characterised by perfect harmony between the past, present and future, the old and the new.


Success Stories

Leisure and Tourism
22 February 2024
Sportgarten concept in the Überseestadt is a complete success

The Sportgarten (Sports garden) Überseestadt stands for exercise, sport and intercultural encounters. Hanns-Ulrich Barde, who co-founded the Sportgarten Bremen association, can still remember the beginnings on the wasteland at Winterhafen. In this interview, he talks about the development and the latest milestone: a lighting system.

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New harbour district
26 January 2024
Experience pleasure on the Überseeinsel

After the Brüning Group in summer 2023, the first floor of the former rice hall on the Kellogg site is now coming to life. Högen Eck, Zio Manu di Napoli and Bremer Braumanufaktur are joining forces to create a new dining experience.

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New harbour district
23 November 2023
Europaquartier: transport links completed

Construction work at the Konsul-Smidt-Straße/Überseetor junction has been completed. This means that the Europaquartier (formerly Schuppen 3) has been connected to the Überseetor area in terms of transport since mid-May 2023. In this interview, Hanno Fritsch, Project Manager for Building Construction/Development at WFB Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH, explains the key facts about this construction projecte.

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