In addition, there is a large supply of affordable accommodation, schooling close to home, plenty of shopping opportunities and, last but not least, a well developed regional and urban transport network.
Hamburg’s shopping malls, traditional department stores and well-known designers’ exclusive showrooms make for a cosmopolitan and lively atmosphere. Those who prefer a romantic atmosphere can saunter through the pretty old town of Lüneburg with its many small shops or stroll through the shopping streets of 1,000-year-old Stade.
Cultural life plays a central role in the region, from the Wendland cultural country festival to Dithmarschen’s Kunstgriff art festival. The Schleswig-Holstein music festival, Hamburg’s Staatsoper with John Neumeier’s Hamburg Ballett, the Deutsche Schauspielhaus or Thalia theatres, as well as Hamburg’s main art gallery, the Kunsthalle, have a global reputation. Hamburg is unquestionably Germany’s musical theatre capital. Add its lively night life, an ever-changing series of events and its exciting alternative art scene. The construction of the Elbphilharmonie concert complex in the new-build HafenCity quarter is the city’s latest ambitious arts project.