Hamburg city, Germany. It is the second largest city in the country after Berlin and 7th largest in the European Union.
It has a population of over 1.84 million people.
The city’s metropolitan region is home to more than 5 million people.
Hamburg lies on the River Elbe and two of its tributaries, the River Alster and the River Bille.
The official name reflects Hamburg’s history as a member of the medieval Hanseatic League and a free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire.
The city has faced great disasters such as the Great Fire of Hamburg, North Sea flood of 1962 and military conflicts including World War II bombing raids. The city however has managed to recover from each and emerge wealthier after each catastrophe.
Hamburg is Europe’s third largest port.
Major regional broadcaster NDR, the printing and publishing firm Gruner + Jahr and the newspapers Der Spiegel and Die Zeit are in this city.
It is the seat of Germany’s oldest stock exchange and the world’s oldest merchant bank, Berenberg Bank.
The city is also a major European science, research and education hub with several universities and institutions.
The city enjoys high quality of living and is 19th in the quality of living survey.(2019).
It is a major international and domestic tourist destination.
The Speicherstadt and Kontorhausviertel were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 2015.
Hamburg’s rivers and canals are crossed by around 2,500 bridges, making it the city with the highest number of bridges in Europe.
The city is also home to notable cultural venues such as the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle concert halls.
Hamburg is also popular for several theatres and a variety of musical shows. St. Pauli’s Reeperbahn is among the best-known European entertainment districts.
8 THINGS TO DO AND NOT TO DO IN HAMBURG CITY.
- Don’t avoid serious topics. Germans are typically well informed people. So instead, feel free to start conversations about politics, religion or the state of the world.
- Don’t wish someone a happy birthday before the actual date. Instead, wait for the actual date or even wish them long after the date.
- Do not start eating immediately your food is on the table. Instead, wait until everyone has theirs and you have wished yourselves Guten Appetit!
- Do not run a red traffic light. Instead, whether driving, riding or walking, red means stop. Do not ignore the sign.
- Do not bike without proper head head and tail lights. Instead, use them to ensure your safety and that of others.
- Don’t try to enter a bus or train before everyone who wants to get off has exited.
- Avoid spitting on the ground. This is considered rude an should be avoided at all times.
- Do not make noise on Sundays. Instead, if you have something to do that can cause noise, check with your landlord first.
10 MOST INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT HAMBURG CITY
- It is a big port far from the sea
- It has more bridges than any other city in the world. The bridges are more than 2,300.
- Hamburg’s Speicherstadt is the largest warehouse district in the world. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- The Advent Wreath was invented in Hamburg. It involves the lighting of candles on the four Sundays before Christmas.
- It is home to the world’s biggest miniature railway.
- The Tierpark Hagenbeck was the first zoo without cages.
- Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie is among the world’s best concert halls.
- The greater Hamburg area has as many inhabitants as all of Norway.
- 8% of Hamburg’s area is covered with water.
- The Alster tributary forms two lakes in the city center.