Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany (after Berlin). Its population is about 1.8 million people. Hamburg is one of the most visited by tourist’s cities in Germany. Hamburg is one of the world's cities with the most favorable conditions for living.
Many tourists come to Hamburg especially to visit interesting events: competitions, exhibitions or conferences. According to statistics, the majority of tourists arriving in Hamburg are Germany residents. Among the foreigners most of all are British, Switzerland and Austria citizens. From non-European countries most often come to the Hamburg citizens of the United States.
Rivers Bill and Alster flow into the Elbe River on the city territory. Streams, rivers and canals of the city are crossed by over 2300 bridges; it is more than in Amsterdam or Venice. Hamburg can be called a city of bridges. In the urban area is located more bridges than in any other city in the world.
Each year, Hamburg is visited by about 4 million tourists. By number of clients served by the hotels the city Hamburg is in the third place in Germany. Tourism is an important sector in the economy of the city. Tourism employs more than 175 thousand people in Hamburg and the surrounding suburbs and provides a great income in the budget.
What places in Hamburg are often visited by tourists? Here are some of the most famous sights and attractions.
The “Rathausmarkt Square” and town hall. One of the most famous attractions is the Hamburg City Hall (Rathaus). City Hall is located in the heart of the city, on the Rathausmarkt Square, in the Altstadt, district, close to the river Alster and the central railway station. City Hall was built in the period from 1886 to 1897 years.
Rathausmarkt square is often used for city events, festivals and celebrations. Nearby is situated a building of the Stock Exchange. From City Hall to the main railway station laid the main shopping street in Hamburg - Mönckebergstraße. North from central square is situated artificial lake Binnenalster, a pier for ships and a metro station Jungfernstieg station. Nearby is also an architectural monument - the Church of St. Peter.
Church of St. Michael. This is the most famous church in the city.
The harbor of Hamburg. St. Pauli Landungsbrücken (St. Pauli Landing Bridges) - a part of the harbor on the River Elbe, located in the district of St. Pauli in Hamburg, between the lower harbor and the fish market (Fischmarkt). Landungsbrücken is one of the major tourist attractions. Many tourists come here just to walk and look at the ships.
Hagenbeck Zoo (Hagenbeck Zoo) in Shtellingene near Hamburg and is considered as one of the best in Europe. Zoo was opened in 1907. Hagenbeck Zoo is known as the first zoo in which animals are kept in a more natural environment for animals. Zoo is located about 7 kilometers from the city center. Address: Tierpark Hagenbeck Gemeinnützige Gesellschaft mbH, Lokstedter Grenzstraße 2, 22527 Hamburg.
The Reeperbahn street (Reeperbahn), along with her nearest streets - it is the center of nightlife and "Red Light" area in Hamburg. Reeperbahn is also called "die sündige Meile", which translates as "sinful mile".
Interesting events in Hamburg
There are a lot of interesting events for tourists and residents in Hamburg every year.
Festival - Hamburger Dom fair held three times a year: winter, spring and summer. Hamburger Dom is the biggest and most colorful festival in the northern region of Germany. The festival is visited by about 10 million visitors each year. The fair covers an area about 3 kilometers. Here you can spend your time strolling along the festival area. On a holiday you will find antique and modern carousel rides. In addition, you can eat in a pleasant atmosphere. Festival guests are also entertained by clowns, acrobats, jugglers, fire eaters, and artists. The holiday is held on the territory called Heiligengeistfeld. Nearest metro stations: Feldstraße (Heiligengeistfeld), Messehallen, St. Pauli.
Hamburg Port Festival
The annual celebration in honor of the birthday of the Port of Hamburg “Hamburg Port Festival” (Hafengeburstag) is held annually over three days in May. This is the biggest port festival in the world. Visitors can see many interesting things for themselves at this festival. Festival water program attracts a large number of viewers: parades in honor of the arrival and departure of ships, a unique tug ballet on Saturday.
International Boat Show
International Boat Show is held annually in late June in Hamburg. At the festival of motorcycle enthusiasts come thousands of participants and spectators from across Europe. Motorcycle Grand Parade is the highlight of the holiday.
International Boat Show
International Boat Show Hamburg (Hanseboot). International exhibition of boats and yachts is held every autumn in Hamburg. The exhibition attracts the lovers of yachts, marine recreation and tourism at sea from different countries. The exhibition is held in the congress and exhibition center in Hamburg (The Hamburg Fair site and Congress Center).
Address: Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH, Messeplatz 1, Hamburg, Germany.
The nearest metro stations: Messehallen, Stephansplatz.
How to get to Hamburg? Hamburg is a major transport hub in Germany and you can use different modes of transport to get here.
Hamburg Airport (Flughafen Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel) is located about 8 kilometers from the city center. The airport is among the five busiest airports in Germany. Annually, the airport serves more than 12 million passengers. The airport is connected by airlines with many cities in Germany and Europe.
The airport is connected to the city by public transport. Urban railway S-Bahn (line S1) connects the airport to the city center. Travel time to the central railway station is about 25 minutes. Regular bus service connects the airport to various areas of the city of Hamburg and also Kiel and Lübeck. Taxi stands are located next to each terminal. Airport Address: Flughafenstraße 1-3, 22335 Hamburg, Germany.
Port of Hamburg (Hamburger Hafen) is located on the Elbe River, a distance of 110 kilometers from the sea. It is the largest port in Germany. Port had a great influence on the history of the city. Now the port is not only a transportation hub, but also an important tourist attraction and one of the cultural centers of the city. Many hotels, restaurants, museums associated with port operations. One of the most interesting events in the city is Hafengeburtstag - birthday of Hamburg harbor. The main port specialization is container shipping. The port has two located in the city center terminals for cruise ships. Terminals "Cruise Terminal HafenCity" and "Cruise Terminal Altona" serve passengers arriving in Hamburg by cruise ships.
The main railway station in Hamburg (Hamburg Hauptbahnhof) serves approximately 450,000 passengers daily. Station located in the central part of town. For the convenience of passengers in the station building is situated a large number of shops. From the railway station run trains to many cities in Germany (Berlin, Frankfurt, Bremen, Kiel) and Europe. Address: Hachmannplatz 16, 20099 Hamburg. Nearest metro station: Hauptbahnhof Nord.