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Hamburg Metropolitan Area

Hamburg City Hall© Rami Tarawneh / Wikimedia Commons [CC BY 2.5]

Hamburg Metropolitan Area

Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and one of the biggest and most popular metropolises in Europe. Over four million tourists visit the Hanseatic City every year, captivated by the northern German architecture, the Alster Lakes, the harbour and the famous Reeperbahn. This city offers innumerable attractions, spread over seven metropolitan districts and a total of 285 urban districts.         

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Above all, the cityscape is shaped by the towers of the main churches, although it is the “Michel” that is considered to be the true emblem of Hamburg. Another distinctive feature ist he Town Hall, which seems to take on almost castle-like dimensions. The city’s promenade is the Jungfernstieg – here you will find numerous shopping arcades and the proximity to the Inner Alster lends a special feeling to your shopping spree.

The scores of canals and waterways that flow through the city impart Hamburg with a special charm. The Hamburg Harbour, together with the Speicherstadt, the Landungsbrücken, the Fish Market and the Elbe Tunnel, is one of the most popular attractions in Germany and is an awe-inspiring sight for visitors. However, active holiday-makers are not the only ones who get their money’s worth in Hamburg – this city is one of the greenest in Germany and is home to innumerable parks, like, for example, the Municipal Park of Planten un Blomen, which offer peace and relaxation.

Hamburg is also an absolute must for fans of musicals: after New York and London, Hamburg is the third musical capital of the world. Musicals like The Lion King, Tarzan and Sister Act have established themselves firmly. The Hamburg State Opera – the first public Opera House in Germany – is a unique institution that has yet to find its match.