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
From 22/05 until 25/05/2014 Lübeck, former „Queen of the Hanse“, invites to the: 34th INTERNATIONAL HANSE DAY OF THE MODERN ERA. At this, Lübeck will all be characterized by the Hanse. Also sports is going to be high profiled on this day. Besides this huge event, we are happy to invite you to another highlight – taking place on 19/10/2014: 7th Stadtwerke Lübeck marathon.
Every year in the first full week of July WARNEMUENDE WEEK will be held in Warnemuende at the Baltic Sea. Visitors will find a party atmosphere on land and on water for nine days. Nearly 2,000 sailors from more than 20 nations form the centerpiece of the event. Sailing highlights include European Cups, International German Championships, Gold Cups, German Open and a Kitesurf Trophy....more ...