The city-state of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is the third smallest German state in terms of population. But among the largest German cities, Hamburg takes second place after Berlin and before Munich. Hamburg is one of the most popular, beautiful and attractive cities in Germany. In the metropolis currently 1,85 million people live on an area of 755 square kilometers.
Hamburg - Germany's largest industrial and port city
The extensive trading activities of Hamburg during the Hanseatic era are long history. Nowadays the city is according to the BDI (Federal Association of German Industry) Germany's largest industrial location and one of the most important industrial regions in Europe. In addition, the Hanseatic city operates Europe's third largest port after Rotterdam and Antwerp.
Hamburg offers more than industry and port management
Otherwise Hamburg is a prosperous service and administrative city. Hamburg is an important financial and media center. The Hanseatic city is also an important location for culture and science. And since 1996 it has been the seat of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, a UN organization.
Service center Hamburg
Hamburg - a liveable metropolis
Hamburg cultivates and promotes the performing arts. More than 60 theaters and over 60 museums attract countless visitors. The Elbe metropolis is also the German musical capital and an international event location of great importance. The annually celebrated port birthday and the biennial Cruise Days each attract an audience of millions.
Tall ship at the Cruise Days Hamburg
Houses in the Speicherstadt
Hamburg has important cultural monuments. These include the Hamburg City Hall, the main church of St. Michaelis, affectionately known by the people of Hamburg as "Michel", and the newly created Elbphilharmonie concert hall. The Speicherstadt and the adjacent Kontorhaus quarter received a special honor. They were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2015.
Hamburg is a "green" city. Their recreational value is extremely high. This is one of the reasons why Hamburg has developed into a popular tourist destination. Almost 15,4 million overnight stays were registered in 2019.
Hamburg - an important cruise port
The cruise industry contributes to the added value of the port. Next Rostock-Warnemünde Hamburg is one of the most frequently visited German cruise ports by cruise ships. In 2019, 210 ship calls were recorded and 810.000 cruise passengers were counted. Hamburg is also the location of the cruise companies Hapag Lloyd and TUI Cruises. After the Costa Concordia disaster, one of the Carnival Group's globally operating ship command centers was established in Hamburg.
Hapag Lloyd and TUI Cruises headquarters
Hamburg for cruise passengers
Cruise ship passengers are welcomed in Hamburg at the HafenCity, Altona and Steinwerder terminals. In exceptional cases, small ships also dock at the Überseebrücke.
In order to get to know Hamburg in the course of a day ashore, no guided tours are necessary. All inner-city destinations can be reached inexpensively. This applies in particular to the HafenCity and Altona berths on the Elbe. The modern and very functional Steinwerder Terminal, created for large ships, is on the other hand. Under Hamburg - sights let's name the interesting Hamburg destinations.
Update December 2020