The City Municipality of Bremen is a Hanseatic city in northwestern Germany. It is a major cultural and economic hub.
Bremen, some 60 km (37 miles) south from the Weser mouth on the North Sea, has a reputation as a working class city and is traditionally ruled by a left-wing government. Bremen has a population of around 550,000 of whom about one quarter os of non-German origin. Bremen is famous for a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, the "Town Musicians of Bremen" (a donkey, a dog, a cat an a cockrel), although they never actually reach Bremen in the tale. DW coverage of the state of Bremen is collated below.
Werder Bremen were without key duo Serge Gnabry and captain Clemens Fritz. But they didn't let that stop them go four games unbeaten in the Bundesliga - even if it meant spoiling the party for the new Leverkusen coach.
Leaders Bayern Munich extended their lead at the top with a 3-0 win in Cologne. Elsewhere, rivals Borussia Dortmund thrashed Leverkusen to pile the pressure on Roger Schmidt and Gladbach beat Schalke in the top game.