The city of Hamburg with it’s population of about 1.7 million people is the second largest city in Germany. Hamburg has many faces and is considered to be germans “Gateway to the World”. Hamburg is the city of bridges and waterways, it is the “green capital” famous for art and musicals.
Two million visitors at the musicals per year make Hamburg the third largest musical location in the world after New York and London.
With over 111 million one day visitors, more than 5 million tourists and over 9.5 million overnight stays per year Hamburg is one of the most attractive destinations in Germany. Among the most popular places are the Hamburg city center, including the lake “Alster”, Hamburg’s harbor with the St. Paul, the modern port with the Elbe Philharmonic Hall (in construction), St. Pauli with it’s “sinful mile” Reeperbahn and the famous historical landmark of Hamburg, the Michel. Attractions are also Hamburgs regular events such as the traditional harbor birthday, the legendary Altona Fish Market, Hamburg’s Cathedral and the “Schlagermove”. The port of Hamburg is the largest port in Germany and among the twenty largest container ports in the world.
Gateway to the world – “Hamburg – Das Tor zur Welt”
The lively port city of Hamburg has a high recreational and cultural history: it offers more than 60 theaters and over 60 internationally known museums and galleries such as the Hamburg Art Hall and the Bucerius Art Forum.
In the famous Hagenbeck Zoo live 1,800 animals in outdoor facilities that are based on the natural living conditions. Visitors can also explore the world of the tropics and the deep sea at Hagenbeck. In the tropical aquarium you can visit 14,300 exotic animals, including sharks, moray eels and crocodiles.
The sea, lakes and water play an important role in Hamburg. A dense network of waterways shape the face of the city and occupies eight percent of the area. Hamburg has 2,500 bridges that is even more bridges than Venice. There are many channels that branch off from the Alster lakes which invite you to romantic boat tours.
Although Hamburg is a city-state, it has many sprawling greenery, lush gardens and magnificent parklands. An oasis in the bustling center is “Planten un Blomen” (old German for “plants and flowers”). During the summer season you will find nightly so-called “water-air concerts” with changing music program instead which you can attend for free.
The famous cemetery Ohlsdorf is not only Hamburg’s largest park, but also the largest park cemetery in the world and particularly in June during the “Rhododendronblüte” worth a visit.