In actual fact, Hamburg (formally known as the ‘Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg’) is Germany’s second largest city, both in terms of size and overall population. The port of Hamburg is the central hub for trade with Eastern and Northern Europe. As a container port, Hamburg holds second place in Europe and seventh place in the world.
Perhaps a lesser known fact, Hamburg has over 2,300 bridges – more than Venice and Amsterdam combined!
Although traditionally an important centre for trade, Hamburg is now a real media hub, and also has a thriving tourist industry. Popular amongst visitors to the city are:
– the harbour (Hamburg’s oldest and liveliest area)
– the Speicherstadt area in the east of the city, and its ornate warehouses
– the nightlife centre of St Pauli and the Reeperbahn (Hamburg’s infamous red light district)
– the weekly fish market (Fischmarkt) that takes place on the waterfront
– the impressive town hall (Rathaus), located in the commercial district
Hamburg is a very cosmopolitan place, and is home to many students who attend the large university there. If you’re looking for a place with oodles of history and culture, and fantastic nightlife to boot, look no further.