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Maritime city


Water flows through the very heart of Hamburg in the shape of the Elbe river, the Alster lake and the canals that criss-cross the city. This is a place where tradition meets modernity, a place of cosy retreats and bustling streets.

The leafy waterside city is justifiably considered one of the most beautiful in Germany.

Anyone who has ever visited Hamburg is struck by its maritime flair. There's always something to discover and experience in Hamburg, whether it's the hubbub of the Elbe river, a quiet spot by the Alster lake or the ultra-modern HafenCity development near the historical warehouse district.With a population of 1.8 million, it is Germany's second largest city and offers a host of attractions for visitors: fine art and culture, places of historical interest, exhilarating nightlife, excellent restaurants and shopping opportunities ranging from designer luxury to boho chic. Hamburg's port, at the heart of the city, welcomes ships from all over the world and hosts maritime events that attract visitors in their thousands. It is Hamburg's distinctive attitude to life that marks it out from other cities – why not discover it for yourself?

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