English translation of 'hansestädtisch'
In the Middle Ages the Hanse (Hanseatic League) was a powerful alliance of independent trading centres on the Baltic and North Sea coasts. Its aim was to represent and protect the common commercial interests of its members. From the time of the Thirty Years' War up to the present the Hanseatic tradition has been continued by Lübeck, Hamburg and Bremen in particular. Bremen and Hamburg are both independent Länder with the titles Freie Hansestadt Bremen and Freie Hansestadt Hamburg respectively. Since re-unification other cities - Stralsund, Wismar, Greifswald and Rostock - have re-adopted the title of Hansestadt.
Translation of hansestädtisch from the Collins German to English Dictionary