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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.


Bernd Saxe

President of the Hanseatic League

Hanse Sail Rostock 2015

6. - 9. August 2015

The Hanse Sail Rostock is one of the greatest meetings of traditional sailing and museums ships worldwide. Since 1991, the mari time festival takes place annually on the second weekend of August. More than 200 participating vessels, cruise ships, ferries and boats of the navy offer a broad exhibition of boat types. It is an incredible experience for most visitors to participate in a...

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12. International Day of the Hansa – 16th of May 2015

It is important that all member towns and cities maintain, or perhaps rediscover, their self-awareness as part of the HANSE. To this end the HANSE has established an International HANSE Day. One day is set aside every year on which each Hanseatic town or city celebrates their membership and that of every other member too.

Exhibitions, city tours, concerts and a range of other...

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Hansa Office

Hansebuero der HANSE
Frau Sophie Baer
23552 Luebeck

Phone: +49 (0)451 122 – 1027
Telefax: +49 (0)451 122 – 10 90

The 183 hanse cities in 16 countries