Bremen was built by the German shipyard Deutsche Schiff- und Maschinenbau AG.
She was launched on the 2nd August, 1928 by President Paul von Hindenburg.
Her maiden voyage, Bremerhaven to New York City, was on the 16th July, 1929 under the command of Commodore Leopold Ziegenbein. The journey took 4 days, 17 hours, and 42 minutes, capturing the westbound Blue Riband.
Bremen also beat the eastbound record on her next voyage, with a time of 4 days, 14 hours and 30 minutes.
During the war Bremen was used as a barrack ship, however in 1941 she was set alight by a crew member while at dock in Bremerhaven, and completely gutted.
She was broken up in 1946.