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Modern city with charm and tradition

View of the brick buildings in the warehouse district with bridge and boat
Hamburg is the second-largest city in Germany, its most important sea port and its largest foreign trading centre. Founded in about 811 during the reign of Charlemagne, Hamburg was one of the great Hanseatic cities and has maintained its prominence down the centuries until the present day as a meeting place for the world. This city on the Elbe river also has an elegant side, with palatial department stores along its boulevards, art centres, international musicals, exclusive shopping arcades and the famous St. Pauli entertainment district.
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View of Hamburg's harbour with ship and loading cranes
Hamburg's districts reflect every aspect of this elegant north German port with its rich history and cosmopolitan outlook, ranging from tranquil fishing villages via exclusive residential areas to the lively Reeperbahn.
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View across the harbour to the baroque church of St Michael
A city like Hamburg offers endless possibilities for visitors, no matter what their interest, with a veritable kaleidoscope of attractions ranging from more than 50 museums and a host of venues for drama, concerts and musicals to a vast miniature railway and a chamber of horrors. Its magnificent buildings are testimony to the city's long and turbulent history. A boat tour of the harbour is a must.
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Regional specialities

Plate of red fruit compote with vanilla sauce
Hamburg is a food lover's delight. Choose from dishes ranging from fresh fish in a harbourside restaurant to every kind of international speciality.
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Highlights in brief

  • Shopping
    Mönckebergstrasse, Spitalerstrasse and Neuer Wall
  • Fish market
    Long-established market for night owls and early risers
  • Harbour
    Second largest container centre in Europe, Outer and Inner Alster, Alsterpark
  • St. Pauli
    Entertainment district
  • Town hall
    Magnificent neo-classical building and seat of the state government
  • St Michael's Church („Michel“)
    Oldest and most beautiful baroque church in northern Germany Planten und Blomen
    Botanical gardens
  • Hagenbeck zoo
  • Kunsthalle art gallery, "art museum mile"
  • Warehouse district
    Largest historical warehouse complex in the world