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Hamburg - Gateway to the World

Hamburg - Das Tor zur Welt (deutsche Version)

Blick von der Terrasse der Jugendherberge "Am Stintfang" in Hamburg über Landungsbrücken, Elbe und Hafen. © NDR Foto: Oliver Diedrich
A typical view of Hamburg: the port and its piers on the river Elbe.

Hamburg is one of three city states in the Federal Republic of Germany. It is the country's second biggest city with 1,8 million residents. Only Berlin, the capital, has a bigger population.

Hamburg's landscape is defined by water: Its seaport, located on the river Elbe, is the largest in Germany. Giant container and cruise ships enter the harbour on a daily basis. The city center, including Town Hall and the main shopping areas, is located around the Alster Lake.

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Ein "I" Informationsschild vor der Flagge von Hamburg © Foto: Thaut Images

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The many faces of Hamburg

Hamburg has many different parts of town: from lively, multicultural Altona and its famous Fish Market (in German: Fischmarkt) to the narrow streets and steep stairways of Blankenese's "Treppenviertel", which offers a bit of Mediterranean flair. Public transport is widely available and will help you discover the city.

A colorful city

Hamburg is said to be a very liberal, cosmopolitan city. Almost every third citizen has foreign roots or family that migrated to Germany at some point in time.

The two most famous soccer teams competing for fans are the HSV (Hamburger Sportverein) and FC St. Pauli. A culinary specialty of Hamburg is called "Franzbrötchen" - a sweet pastry made with butter and cinnamon that almost everyone likes.

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Eine Frau und ein Junge sitzen an einem Tisch © NDR/Jann Wilken Foto: Jann Wilken

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