In the mid-thirteenth century, North German seafaring merchants joined together to form the Hanseatic League as a way to pursue their shared economic interests. Throughout the North Sea and Baltic Sea region, up to 200 towns and cities were members of the League, as were several large trading houses. For over 400 years, the Hanseatic League played a major role in shaping economies, trade and politics before losing its significance in the mid-seventeenth century.
Today, the Hanseatic League has been brought back to life. The “new” Hanseatic League was revived in 1980 in Zwolle, and set itself the task of keeping alive the spirit of the League as a social and cultural alliance. By cultivating traditions and encouraging a vibrant exchange between its members, the Hanseatic League aims to bring about closer economic, cultural, social and national ties across Europe.
I invite you most cordially use this website to get information on the creation, the objectives and the projects of the HANSE.
President of the Hanseatic League
Soon it is time again, Hanseatics from all over Europe come together and celebrate the International Hanseatic Day.more ...
On April 18, Uelzen is again what it has been for centuries: a Hanseatic City. Lower Saxony Interior Minister Boris Pistorius will pass the official certificate awarding the title at the town hall Uelzen.more ...