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Hamburg
 

INTRODUCTION / ABOUT HAMBURG

The population figure of 1.7 million inhabitants turns Hamburg into Germany’s second largest city which is located about 100 km from the open North Sea on the River Elbe. Famous for its magnificent harbour right in the centre, Hamburg is also the second largest port city in Europe. The official name is Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg which refers to Hamburg's membership in the medieval Hanseatic League and the fact that Hamburg is a City State and one of the sixteen Federal States of Germany.

Founded by Charlemagne in the ninth century today Hamburg is an international trade city and the commercial and cultural centre of Northern Germany. Surprisingly pastoral for an industrial hot spot, the city offers numerous retreat opportunities to parks and lakes in the area. The city centre is beautifully set around two lakes, “Binnenalster” (Inner Alster) and “Außenalster” (Outer Alster). With regard to their close relationship to the element of water Hamburgers will proudly point out that their city has even more bridges than Venice!

Furthermore Hamburg is well-known for its musical heritage. Both Mendelssohn and Brahms were born here and even the Beatles played in a few of Hamburg's small pubs before striking it big.

 

 

WHAT TO SEE

Visitors should check out the imposing town hall, the seat of the local government, as well as the old harbour, which is still a bustling area. Binnenalster is the town's commercial hub, offering shopping and dining. Famous waterfront market “Fischmarkt”, which provides a lively spectacle each weekend. Museumgoers should visit Kunsthalle, while architecture buffs should check out the gothic St. Jakobi church and the Expressionist treasure, the Chilehaus. The historical Speicherstadt – the largest warehouse complex on one single site in the world – is one of Hamburg’s landmarks and indisputably a sightseeing highlight.

Culturally Hamburg offers anything and everything starting at the Great Hall of Art and the State Opera and continuing on to the music clubs on world-famous street “Reeperbahn”.

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