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Hamburg, Germany

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg) is Germany's second-largest city and, at the same time, one of Germany's 16 federal states or Bundesländer. Prior to the formation of the modern German state, Hamburg for centuries enjoyed a status as de facto independent city-state and regional power and trade hub in the North Sea. Although situated over 100 km from the North Sea down the Elbe river, Hamburg has been one of Europe's most important ports for centuries, as reflected in its full name referencing the Hanseatic League. The city was built upon a number of islands formed by the wide river and its larger and smaller tributaries, and a huge part of its southern half is still occupied by the massive port.

With a tumultuous history preserved in more than just the ancient name, Hamburg grew to become one of Germany's most affluent cities, today hosting almost... Read more

Hamburg, Germany

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The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg) is Germany's second-largest city and, at the same time, one of Germany's 16 federal states or Bundesländer. Prior to the formation of the modern German state, Hamburg for centuries enjoyed a status as de facto independent city-state and regional power and trade hub in the North Sea. Although situated over 100 km from the North Sea down the Elbe river, Hamburg has been one of Europe's most important ports for centuries, as reflected in its full name referencing the Hanseatic League. The city was built upon a number of islands formed by the wide river and its larger and smaller tributaries, and a huge part of its southern half is still occupied by the massive port.

With a tumultuous history preserved in more than just the ancient name, Hamburg grew to become one of Germany's most affluent cities, today hosting almost 1.8 million inhabitants and forming a metropolitan center for many smaller cities and towns in neighboring federal states. Its riverine location allows it to compete with Amsterdam or Venice with the number of canals, most of which (Called "Fleet" or "Brook") are actually former small rivers and streams regulated to allow the sprawling city to expand over their banks. And on top of that, Hamburg has more bridges (over 2,300) than Amsterdam, Venice AND London combined. There is plenty to enjoy in Hamburg, both in terms of views, culture and the general high standard of living Hamburg grew to be known for.

One of the most important harbors in Europe and the world, Hamburg takes great pride in its mercantile background, which built the city's wealth in the past centuries. From 1241 on, it was a member of the Hanseatic League, a medieval trade alliance across Northern Europe. In the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, millions left Europe on their way to the new world through the Hamburg harbor. Today, the harbor ranks second in Europe and eleventh worldwide. Consequently, one of Hamburg's taglines is "The Gateway to the World" (derived from the city’s coat of arms, showing a white city wall with a gate and crowned by three towers on a red background). Hamburg is known to be one of the richest metropolitan areas in the European Union, in the company of Brussels and London.

The harbor is the heart of the city, however, Hamburg is also one of the most important media hubs in Germany. Half of the nation's newspapers and magazines have their roots in Hamburg. And, unknown even to some locals, is the fact that, with one of the Airbus aircraft assembly plants, Hamburg is a major location of the world's aerospace industry, right after Seattle (USA) and Toulouse (France).

The mercantile background reflects in the city's architecture. The only palace in Hamburg is the town hall, which houses the citizen's parliament and the Senate. Apart from that, the city still has large quarters with expensive houses and villas. These residences were home to merchants and captains, surrounded by lots of greenery. Large parts of the city were destroyed during the devastating air raids of World War II, particularly the port and some residential areas, killing tens of thousands and leaving more than a million homeless, yet much of historic value has been preserved.

Hamburg still keeps its tradition of being an open, yet discreet city. Citizens of Hamburg, just like most Northern Germans, may appear to be quite reserved at first. Once they get to know with whom they are dealing, they'll be as warm and friendly as you'd wish.


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Hamburg, Germany: Port Information


Hamburg is a major cruise destination and one of Europe's largest ports of call for cruise passengers traveling the Atlantic, or the Norwegian and Baltic Seas. The port is also a major location for shipbuilder and shipyards, designing, building and reconditioning yachts and cruise liners. Hamburg has three passenger terminals for cruise ships: Hamburg Cruise Center HafenCity, the Hamburg Cruise Center Altona and the Hamburg Cruise Center Steinwerder, all three capable of processing the world's largest cruise ships.

Passenger Terminals:
  • Hamburg Cruise Center Altona - quay length 326 m,
  • Hamburg Cruise Center HafenCity - quay length 345 m,
  • Hamburg Cruise Center Steinwerder - quay length 330 m.

Get around Hamburg, Germany


Hamburg is an extensive city given its over 700km2, and visitor attractions are not all contained within the city center. Fortunately, getting around is made easy by the extensive public transportation system. Walking is a good way of getting around in the center, as pretty much around every corner is a sight to behold or a scenic lookout you might have missed otherwise. As many Hamburgers do, you may also opt to bike around. Driving is made relatively easy too by the wide thoroughfares intersecting the city in every direction, parking is paid but rates palatable and there is no requirement for your car to have an Umweltplakette.

Public transport

Hamburg's public transportation system, operated by the HVV, consists of:

  • six S-Bahn (commuter railway) lines,
  • four U-Bahn (subway) lines,
  • seven R-lines (regional trains),
  • three A-lines (AKN),
  • a dense network of bus lines,
  • as well as ferries across the Elbe.

Hamburg has The S-Bahn and U-Bahn lines run partly over and underground, in the city, and in the outskirts. Sometimes you might meet the diesel-powered AKN train as well in the northern districts. The only difference is that these are three companies, but there is a unified fare system.

All train platforms have signs showing the next train, where it is headed, and how many minutes until it arrives. Trains are described by a number and the final station. Note that the final station may vary. For example, half of the S1 trains heading west go all the way to Wedel, but the other half go only as far as Blankenese.

Note that train doors do not open automatically. You have to press a button or pull a handle on the door. Wait for the passengers to get off first before you enter. In the cold season, close the door after getting on the train if it looks like a longer stop. Either push the handle or press the closing buttons on the inside until the door is closed. All signs and notifications at stations and in trains are shown in at least two languages (German and English).

S-Bahn

S-Bahn stations are marked with a green "S" and are often colocated with major long-distance railway stations and U-Bahn stations, allowing convenient transfers. While the S-Bahn logo is green, the trains are white-and-red like most German trains, and operated by Deutsche Bahn and feature a DB logo rather than the "S". It is easy to get confused by the variety of similar DB trains, so it is good to make sure you are boarding the S-Bahn you want and not a regional train.

There are six S-Bahn lines in Hamburg, with some confusing numbering and arrangements.

  • all S-Bahn trains with single-digit numbers take the south underground route via Jungfernstieg, Landungsbrücken and

    Reeperbahn

    ,
  • while all S-Bahn trains with two-digit numbers take the north route via

    Dammtor

    , Sternschanze (Messe) and Holstenstraße.

All of the lines meet at Hauptbahnhof, which is also a station for all U-Bahn lines, and all lines save for the S21 also meet at Hamburg-Altona. From there, the S-Bahn lines radiate in 5 different directions.

  • S1 links the far westward Wedel in Schleswig-Holstein and the neighborhood of Blankenese with Poppenbüttel in the far north. In an unusual and potentially confusing arrangement, the first three cars of every train go to Hamburg Airport instead of Poppenbüttel, the division occurs at the station of Ohlsdorf. Note that the train reverses direction in Blankenese, so if you get on the west of Blankenese, you have to take the last three cars to be in the front after the change of direction.

There is, however, an announcement made on the train (also in English) before the trains are separated to let you know if you are in a car going to the airport or not.

  • S11 is a truncated version of S1 operated in peak hours only, without the option to go to the Airport. This means that there is no direct link between the Airport and Messe Hamburg.
  • S2, confusingly, is a rush-hour-only service that runs between Altona in the west and Bergedorf in the south-east.
  • S21, a permanent service, is even more confusingly running along a different route than S2. It reaches farther south-eastwise, down to the suburb of Aumühle, but does not go to Altona and instead to Elbgaustraße in the far northwest.
  • S3 serves both sides of the Elbe - in a winding loop, it starts on its southern (left) bank in Stade in Lower Saxony, runs all the way east through Neugraben to cross the river at Hammerbrook and then through the Hauptbahnhof further east to both Altona and Elbgaustrasse.
  • S31 is a truncated express version of S3 from Neugraben to Altona, operating permanently but skipping or alternating stations between peak hours and regular daytime.

S-Bahn runs from approximately 5 AM until 1 AM in the central city, but there is often no service past 11 PM in outlying districts. On weekends, it runs all night.

U-Bahn

There are four U-Bahn (subway/underground) lines in Hamburg. They all run through the city center and meet at Hauptbahnhof (although they stop at two separate stations - U1 and U3 at Hauptbahnhof-Süd, while U2 and U4 at Hauptbahnhof-Nord - both at opposite ends of the large Hauptbahnhof complex):

  • U1 (blue) forms a huge V with the bottom south in the Altstadt and top northern ends (both actually splitting in two) into residential suburbs. This line may be useful if you want to visit the western bank of 

    Aussenalster

    , as it has stations relatively close to it.
  • U2 (red) runs from the east to northwest. One particularly useful feature is that it stops at Messehallen (fairgrounds), allowing one to quickly move there from Jungfernsteig.
  • U3 (yellow) is by far the most useful to a tourist, as it forms a loop around the Altstadt and Aussenalster. It can take you to the Rathaus, the old harbor (next to HafenCity), Landungsbrücken, St. Pauli and even to the Stadtpark. It also stops at Sternschanze, the other entrance to the Messe (fairgrounds). While the loop is around the Aussenalster in the broad sense, none of the U3 stations are close to it, so you need to change to a bus line to get to the lake.
  • U4 (aqua) shares the eastern branch with the U2, but rather than northwest it loops south to HafenCity.

All U-Bahn lines except U3 meet at Jungfernstieg, though U3 stops at the nearby Rathaus station and is accessible through an underground passage.

Note that none of the lines goes to Altona - you need to take the S-Bahn or a bus to get there. U-Bahn runs from approximately 5 AM until 1 AM in the central city, but there is often no service past 11 PM in outlying districts. On weekends, it runs all night.

Buses

Buses go around the clock. At night, a special "Nachtbus" (night bus) service connects the outlying districts and the city center. These buses depart and arrive at "Rathausmarkt", near the town hall and operate all through the night. Night buses are recognizable by their numbers which reach from 600 to 688.

Apart from regular and nighttime bus lines, there are also Metrobus lines, designed to carry heavy loads on the most popular routes, in a way replacing a tram system that Hamburg does not have (similar arrangement as in Berlin). Metrobuses are designed to serve commuters mostly, and as such are not that useful to the tourists - in fact, most lines do not even reach the core city center. Public transport lovers will be delighted, however, to know that those lines are served by the longest bi-articulated low-floor buses in the world (the Van Hool AGG 300, also used by public transport operators in Utrecht).

Ferries

Six ferry services operate in the harbor and along the River Elbe as part of the regular public transport system.
Tip: take ferry line 62 from "Landungsbrücken" to "Finkenwerder" and then line 64 to "Teufelsbrück" or take ferry line 72 from "Landungsbrücken" in the HafenCity to "Elbphilharmonie." Sit back to enjoy a scenic trip through the harbor on a day ticket.

Jungfernsteig ferries

On the two Alster lakes, a ferry boat travels once every hour from Jungfernstieg in the city center to Winterhuder Fährhaus. These boats are not in the general HVV ticket system, thus more expensive, however, they offer a splendid view to some of the wealthiest neighborhoods of Hamburg.

By bike

You will see a lot of bicycles on the roads during the warmer months, many of the cities residents will use bicycles as their normal form of transportation. Driveways for bicycles are not available on all roads. In fact, you will have to shift from on the road to a mixed foot/bike strip to a separated bike strip frequently. Drive safely! 

The city itself also offers bike rental services. This service is called StadtRad, and there are several kiosks located around the city. To use this service, customers must register On the Stadtrad website and create an account with a credit card. Once the account has been created, you can go to any one of these terminals and use one of their bikes as long as you want.

Alternatively, there's Hamburg City Cycles (working with the bicycle store next door). The bicycles are large "cruiser" style bikes and the rental includes a lock, air pump, and toolkit if desired.

You can take your bike with you on the harbor ferries (e.g. line 62) free of charge.

By taxi

There is a good supply of taxis in Hamburg 24 hours a day, both at taxi stands and in the streets. You can identify a taxi rank by a green box on a post somewhat like an oversized parking meter or alarm post. You will have to wait there or phone, since the boxes can not be used to call a cab. Almost all vehicles are still in the traditional ivory white color, but even if not, a yellow and black sign on the roof reading "Taxi" indicates a licensed cab. As usual, the sign is switched on to indicate vacancies. Most taxis accept credit card payments.

 

What to see in Hamburg, Germany


The entirety of the city center is worth walking throughout, as it is jam-packed with varied and truly interesting sights. Those range from the iconic Speicherstadt and Hamburg's five main historic churches, through the upscale area around the Binnenalster artificial lake and the town hall (Rathaus) to the ultra-modern Hafen-City. The center is where the majority of Hamburg's canals and bridges are, as well as the old quays providing great views across the Elbe. There is also an unusual array of museums to visit.

St. Pauli is the bustling district for a party, non-mainstream shopping, and Hamburg's largest funfair. The city's trade fairground (Messe Hamburg) and CCH (Conference Centre Hamburg) are also there. Altona has a long quay, with both the historic Landungsbrücken and parts still in active use, such as the Cruise Terminal and fishing harbor.

St. Georg immediately east of the Hauptbahnhof is a warm and welcoming area full of cafes and renowned for its gay culture, and it has the most upscale part of Außenalster's lakeside. The North is the greenest part of Hamburg, with the rest of Außenalster and numerous other parks, like Hagenbecks Tierpark the famous Zoo established 1907 by Carl Hagenbeck, who was the pioneer behind "Zoos without bars".

The South is a mostly industrial area, with some unexpectedly interesting views of the decoratively lit up Borchardt quays and the planespotter's favorite Finkenwerder airport. Further south is the historic Harburg, formerly an independent city

Hamburg publishes a thick, detailed booklet of local museums called "Museumswelt Hamburg". You can find the Museumswelt Hamburg at the information desk at any of the museums. Hamburg is part of the worldwide Global Greeter Network (free sightseeing tours given by local volunteers).

What to do in Hamburg, Germany


Ferries across the Elbe

You can make a trip on the river Elbe with the line 72 from Landungsbrücken to Elbphilharmonie, or the line 62 about Museumshafen Oevelgönne to Finkenwerder, and the line 64 to Teufelsbrück. Bicycles free of charge. 

Boat trips

The best way to explore Hamburg's extensive waterways (Hamburg has more bridges than Amsterdam, Venice and London combined) is on a ferry or pleasure boat. A variety of boat tours lasting from 50 minutes to 3 hours depart regularly from the Jungfernstieg on the Inner Alster lake. The exact offer varies depending on the season, so do check in advance or at the landing stage to see what's available. The simplest and shortest tour is the Alsterrundfahrt or Alster tour that lasts 50 minutes and takes in the Inner and Outer Alster lakes. The small cruise boats are often hired for weddings. One is an old steamer. Contact Alster Touristik on 35 74 24-0 or check out the website at www.alstertouristik.de.

Theatre, Opera and Musicals

Hamburg has an opera house, venues where classical music is performed and many theaters. The city offers a number of different musicals, as well as other music events. Most of these venues are located either in the central or the eastern parts of the city. If you prefer less formal venues, head to St. Pauli.

Musicals

  • Neue Flora: Das Phantom der Oper produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
  • Operettenhaus: ROCKY - Das Musical
  • Theater im Hafen: König der Löwen (The Lion King) produced by Disney.

Note that all musicals are in German language, regardless of their origin. If you're still interested, make sure to buy tickets early, many shows are sold-out. But, midweek there is a good chance that you will be able to buy last minute tickets at a highly discounted price regardless of price category, age, or occupation.

Sports

  • Watch a home football game by one of the city's teams HSV in the Bundesliga and FC St.Pauli in the 2. Bundesliga.
  • Hamburg Blue Devils — Fourfold German American Football Champion
  • Hamburg Huskies American Football 
  • Hamburg Stealers HSV-aligned baseball club, with field located near Hamburg Airport.
  • HSV Handball is the local (Olympic) handball team, playing their matches at the modern o2 World Hamburg (formerly Colorline-Arena), right next to the Volksparkstadion.
  • Hamburg Freezers share o2 world with HSV Handball. The premier-league ice hockey team features many international top class players.
  • The German Open in Men's Tennis is held at the Rothenbaum in Hamburg. The tournament is one of nine ATP Masters Series tournaments.
  • Deutsche Bank Players’ Championship, at the Gut Kaden Golf and Land Club. Golf tournament of world class.
  • Vattenfall Cyclassics — World Cup and public bike race.
  • Holsten City Man — The only German Triathlon World Cup.
  • Conergy Marathon Hamburg — Usually in spring, open to the public.

Street parties

Watch out for neighborhood and street parties during summertime. Some of the biggest are:

  • Altonale, in Ottensen.
  • Bergedorfer Stadtfest, in Bergedorf.
  • Osterstraßenfest, in Eimsbüttel.
  • Schanzenfest, in Schanzenviertel, is self-organized and full of peace and happiness until it ends around 10 PM in fighting between a crowd and the police.
  • Stuttgarter Weindorf — Vintners from southern Germany present their products at the Rathausmarkt (town hall square).

Street parades

  • Schlagermove Parade, a parody on the Berlin Loveparade with schlager instead of techno music.
  • Hamburg Pride, the Gay Pride Parade usually takes place in August and moves from the Central Station through the shopping streets to end at the Jungfernstieg with the setup party tents.
  • Carnival of Cultures, a colorful and interesting parade showing off worldwide cultures.

Beaches

There are a number of small beaches on the North side of the Elbe river between Övelgönne and Blankenese. Even though not common, it is safe to swim in the Elbe there (if you don't swim out too far). You may have a barbecue there in the evenings, as long as you bring a grill and clean up after yourself. Watch out for surprisingly large waves created by large ships passing by and stay clear at least 50m of any structure in or reaching into the water!

In addition, there are a number of commercial beach clubs during the summer, usually between Fischmarkt and Övelgönne. Other than the name might indicate, these are bars open to the public.

The best way to come to the most popular beach is to take the harbor-ferry bus from the Landungsbrücken station to Neumühlen/Övelgönne.

Open Air

  • There are some OpenAir Festivals around Hamburg. One is the Wutzrock Festival. It is free of charge and near the city, so you might check it out if you happen to visit Hamburg in late August. It takes place at the "Eichbaumsee" next to the Trainstation "Mittlerer Landweg" (via Eichbaumsee" next to the S-Bahn 21 to Aumuehle/Bergedorf) usually the last weekend of August.
  • Wacken Open Air.

What to eat and drink in Hamburg, Germany


Eat

Cuisine

Original Hamburg dishes are Birnen, Bohnen und Speck (Low Saxon Beren, green runner beans cooked with pears and bacon), Aalsuppe (Low Saxon Aalsup/Oolsupp, often mistaken to be German for “eel soup“ (Aal/Ool translated ‘eel’), however the name probably comes from the Low Saxon allens ʔaˑlns, meaning “all,” “everything and the kitchen sink,” not necessarily eel. Today eel is often included to meet the expectations of unsuspecting diners. Bratkartoffeln (Low Saxon Braatkantüffeln, pan-fried potato slices), Finkenwerder Scholle (Low Saxon Finkwarder Scholl, pan-fried plaice), Pannfisch (pan-fried fish), Rote Grütze (Low Saxon Rode Grütt, related to Danish rødgrød, a type of summer pudding made mostly from berries and usually served with cream, like Danish rødgrød med fløde) and Labskaus (a mixture of corned beef, mashed potatoes and beetroot, a cousin of the Norwegian lapskaus and Liverpool's Scouse (food), all offshoots off an old-time one-pot meal that used to be the main component of the common sailor's humdrum diet on the high seas).

Alsterwasser in Hamburg (a reference to the city's river Alster with two lake-like bodies in the city center thanks to damming), a type of, a concoction of equal parts of beer and carbonated lemonade (Zitronenlimonade), the lemonade being added to the beer. Mexikaner is another local specialty, a shot drink with vodka (or similar), tomato juice, chili and Worcester sauce that resembles a bloody Mary but is knocked back in one go. There is a lot of good-natured rivalry between bars as to who can concoct the best Mexikaner, so if the concept appeals, be sure to taste how it differs from place to place.

Hamburg is also home to a curious regional dessert pastry called Franzbrötchen. Looking rather like a flattened croissant, the Franzbrötchen is somewhat similar in preparation but includes a cinnamon and sugar filling, often with raisins or brown sugar. The name may also reflect the roll's croissant-like appearance – franz appears to be a shortening of französisch, meaning "French", which would make a Franzbrötchen a “French roll.” Being a Hamburg regional food, the Franzbrötchen becomes quite scarce outside the borders of the city; as near as Lüneburg it can only be found as a Hamburger and is not available in Bremen at all.

Ordinary bread rolls tend to be oval-shaped and of the French bread variety. The local name is Rundstück (“round piece” rather than mainstream German Brötchen, a diminutive form of Brot “bread”), a relative of Denmark's rundstykke. In fact, while by no means identical, the cuisines of Hamburg and Denmark, especially of Copenhagen have a lot in common. This also includes a predilection for open-faced sandwiches of all sorts, especially topped with cold-smoked or pickled fish. The American hamburger seems to have developed from Hamburg's Frikadelle: a pan-fried patty (usually larger and thicker than the American counterpart) made from a mixture of ground beef, soaked Staling, egg, chopped onion, salt, and pepper, usually served with potatoes and vegetables like any other piece of meat, not usually on a bun. Many Hamburgers consider their Frikadelle and the American hamburger different, virtually unrelated. The Oxford Dictionary defined a Hamburger steak in 1802: a sometimes-smoked and -salted piece of meat, that, according to some sources, came from Hamburg to America.

Vegetarian/vegan food

Every day, you can get vegetarian food for donation in different places.

In the Hauptbahnhof (Central Station), there are a lot of snack bars to have a quick meal. While there are probably not many vegetarian snack bars, there is a fairly decent selection of veggie food to be found, such as croissants with brie cheese and meat-free pizza slices.

Drink

Cafes

If you want to relax and drink a coffee in some cafes go to Lange Reihe. Many bars, cafes, and restaurants all along the street. Although the Lange Reihe is the heart of the gay community, most places are jointly visited by straight and gay people of any age. All places are gay-friendly, many are gay-owned or gay-run, but not all of them.​

Shopping in Hamburg, Germany


The main shopping area of Hamburg is the Mönckebergstraße in the center of the city. This area features the stores you're guaranteed to find in major German cities such as Galeria Kaufhof, Karstadt, C&A and Saturn and further west fashion stores of common international brands. Take the subway to either central station, Rathaus (town hall), or Mönckebergstraße. Also, check the side-street Spitalerstraße. Northwest of town hall towards Gänsemarkt are the more pricey shops like Hugo Boss.

The Schanzenviertel is also getting more popular nowadays for unique designer boutiques. Younger people especially enjoy being here. Subway "Sternschanze"/"Feldstraße"

Shops are mostly open daily 10 AM—8 PM and on Thursday and Friday until 10 PM.

Safety in Hamburg, Germany


Hamburg is generally a safe city. Watch out for pickpockets, especially in the area around the Mönckebergstraße, Central Station, on the Reeperbahn, in buses and trains, but also on crowded escalators and other crowded places. Keep your distance from protest marches unless you wish to get involved: both leftist groups and the Hamburg police are known for their heavy reactions in such situations.

Swimming
Bathing in the River Elbe is possible but, of course, you must keep out of the way of ships. Swimmers can be thrown about and even totally swamped by the wake from ocean liners. Swimmers should also stay away from structures in the river and strictly avoid an area about 50 m around those extending into the river.

Strong underwater swirls going down as deep as 10–15 m and even closer to the beach may pull the strongest swimmers under water. When relaxing on one of the beaches along the riverside, keep several meters away from the water's edge and keep an eye on children playing in or near the water. Container ships passing by sometimes create surprisingly large waves that won't just get your feet wet on the beach, but may also drag you into the Elbe.

Swimming in the Outer Alster lake is possible, though swimmers are rarely seen. The water is fairly clean. The lake is only about 2–3 meters deep.

Emergencies
Important phone numbers for emergencies (dial without any local prefix anywhere in Germany/always free of charge):
112 = Medical emergency and fire department
110 = Police

Note that the Hamburg police wear dark-blue uniforms, unlike the federal German police and many of the other state police forces in Germany, which still wear green uniforms.

Tap water is very clean and you can drink it without any exception, even use it to provide baby food.

Language spoken in Hamburg, Germany


German is the official language. English is widely understood. 

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Walking in Hamburg. P.2.


Here we are on the deck of our boat: Man overboard! One of the Elbe river boats on the background of a huge marine container terminal looks miniature: After landing on the northern tip of  Hamburg,  I walked along the river. The Elbe flows from right to left, but now...

The second largest city in Germany greeted me with a minor mood. After having a good sleep in the hotel, we began to explore the city.  Hamburg  left surprisingly good impressions - it is a very beautiful and green city!  Hamburg  is located on the banks of the Elbe...
Before check-out time at the hotel I still had enough time, and I decided to walk once again to the center and climb the observation deck of the spire of the St. Michael's Church - to enjoy the city from the height, and at the same time to check whether « Costa Pacifica » was already...
The final day in the sea " Costa Pacifica " follows the south course in the North Sea. There is the whole crossroad of the busiest waterways of northern Europe. Someone sails to the north and north-east to the Nordic countries, someone - to the west in the direction of the...
Here is a short and boring review of  Hamburg ... I flew in  Hamburg  just for one day and the whole day I spent in business meetings. When I was alone in the evening, the sun already hid behind cathedrals and the city became less photogenic. Instead of wandering through gray...
Last year I was at the electronics show in Hannover which is a 2-hour drive from  Hamburg . We took a car and drove for one day. Hamburg port left a big impression on us, literally and figuratively. It is one of the largest ports in Europe. It occupies 46 square miles (75 square...