Hamburg – gateway to the world. The influence of centuries of commerce and shipping has made this waterside city with its 1.8m people outward-looking and given it an international orientation.

Hamburg Metropolitan Region – Hamburg

As an internationally important centre of commerce, transport and services, Hamburg is one of Germany’s most important industrial locations. More than 36,000 commercial businesses employing 125,000 people make Hamburg Germany’s leading foreign trade centre. The port, third largest in Europe after Rotterdam and Antwerp, pervades the city through and through. As well as port and logistics, the IT and media, life sciences and particularly aerospace technology sectors are keystones of the Hamburg economy, which also has strongly developed expertise in business with China.

Hamburg also prides itself on its academic landscape – with at least 70,000 students enrolled at the city’s 16 university-level institutions – and its arts scene. Hamburg has a dynamic architectural cityscape and a wide variety of arts institutions, including some 40 theatres, of which two are renowned state theatres (Schauspielhaus and Thalia Theatre), as well as Hamburg Staatsoper and Hamburg Ballett, John Neumeier’s world-famous ballet company. And with its new concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie, which should be ready in 2011, Hamburg will boast yet another internationally vibrant attraction.

Hamburg, a green city skirted by water, is also regarded as one of Germany’s most beautiful cities – which is confirmed by around 120 million tourist visits every year. Once visited, everyone falls for its atmosphere and maritime charms. Whether it’s the Elbe, the Alster, HafenCity, the Speicherstadt (old warehouse quarter), the Fischmarkt or Reeperbahn – there are new aspects of Hamburg to discover, experience and admire every day.

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