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Rathaus Hamburg, Germany. Daniel Schwen
Rathaus Hamburg, Germany. Daniel Schwen
Shooping Mall Leventhaus. Photo Times
Shooping Mall Leventhaus. Photo Times
Boat in Hamburg Harbour. Anderas Praefcke
Boat in Hamburg Harbour. Anderas Praefcke
Port of Hamburg Canals. Photo Emma Stern
Port of Hamburg Canals. Photo Emma Stern
View Jungenstieg, Hamburg. Photo Simisa
View Jungenstieg, Hamburg. Photo Simisa
Landhaus Scherrer Restaurant, Photo Th Korr
Landhaus Scherrer Restaurant, Photo Th Korr
Speicherstadt Hamburg. Photo Hansueli Krapf
Speicherstadt Hamburg. Photo Hansueli Krapf
Kunsthalle at Night (Art Hall). Morn the Corn
Kunsthalle at Night (Art Hall). Morn the Corn

Hamburg Information

Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city situated on the Elbe River. Although Hamburg is the biggest port in Germany for trade it is recognised as a major tourist destination worldwide with more than 4 million visitors coming to the city each year.

The heritage and history is a major drawcard for the city as it dates back to AD 808 when Emperor Charlemagne first built a castle named Hammaburg to defend against Slavic incursion. Hamburg has historical significance with Vikings, Polish, Denmark, Roman Empire and of course the Second World War.

Although the city has been destroyed and rebuilt several times there are still some great historical attractions like St. Nicholas’s church that between 1874-76 was the tallest building in the world. Other great historical sights include the Speicherstadt, St Michaelis Church, Rathaus and the Landungsbrücken (harbour promenade).

Hamburg prides itself on culture with several big museums being a hot tourist attraction. The Kunsthalle Hamburg is renowned for its contempory art and the House of Photography along with the Museum for Art and Industry are other great museums to see. There are also two great museum ships near Landungsbrücken and then there is the world’s largest model railway museum.

At night the city comes alive and many head to the area of Reeperbahn in the quarter St. Pauli that is Europes biggest red light district. If the red light district is not your thing then the neighbourhood of Schanze is the best place for the quiet street cafes to enjoy and relax.

Those who enjoy sporting events Hamburg is the city to visit as it is labelled Germany’s capital of sport with the most international sporting events held in the city. To understand the passion of sport in Hamburg it is well worth seeing a Bundesliga football match at the Imtech Arena stadium.

Many festivals and events happen in Hamburg throughout the year with the Hamburg DOM being Germany’s biggest fun fair held three times a year. For the best event not to miss however make sure you visit Hamburg the first weekend of May for the world famous Hafengeburtstag (Harbor Birthday).

Aerial View of Hamburg From The Top of St Michaelis Church
Aerial View of Hamburg From The Top of St Michaelis Church
Hafengeburtstag (Harbor Birthday), Hamburg, Germany. Photo Dogcow
Hafengeburtstag (Harbor Birthday), Hamburg, Germany. Photo Dogcow