The Rhenish Hanseatic League

Rhenish Hanseatic League

Tradition for the future
In 2009, the mayors of the Rhenish cities of Kalkar/Grieth, Wesel, Emmerich at the Rhine and Neuss gathered on the site of the former Neuss customs port to sign an agreement which founded the Rhenish Hanseatic League. That was the beginning of a unique relationship. Together, the cities promote awareness of the Hanseatic League in their homeland - maintaining tradition and identifying with their own history. Even more: they turn the past into something tangible and usable because business and tourism both benefit from holding on to Hanseatic values. Looking back, signing the agreement created a vision for the entire region and in 2019, the group celebrated its 10th birthday.  

A viable association
As an organisation of long-distance merchants from Lower Germany, which included around 200 port and inland cities, the Hanseatic League helped shape business, trade and politics for over 400 years until it lost its importance in the mid-17th century. In the Middle Ages and the early modern period, it was the most influential player in international trade, offering its members: protection abroad, representation with foreign rulers, trade privileges and the handling of disputes in branches abroad through their own jurisdiction.  

Today the Rhenish Hanseatic League is well established. Its members maintain a positive culture of remembrance, while at the same time use it as a marketing tool to promote the cities.  

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