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Hamburg is Germany’s gateway to the world. The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, offering so much more than seaside charm, is known for its strong sense of civic freedom and its cosmopolitan flair.
Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city and one of its three city-states. Its full name, “The Free and Hanseatic City” reflects both its tradition of independence and the influence of its mercantile past as a former member of the Hanseatic League. Hamburg is today Germany’s largest seaport and most important foreign trade centre. At the interface between European and global markets, Hamburg has however also developed into an important manufacturing and service hub. Hamburg takes the lead in Germany’s media landscape and is home to the regional broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk, as well as many private channels and the main publishing houses of newspapers and magazines. The city also enjoys an excellent international reputation for hosting congresses and trade fairs. It has the world’s third highest number of consulates with a tally of 100. The city-state has built a sturdy bridge between its maritime tradition and the knowledge society of the future. 17 state or officially recognized universities are to be found here, making Hamburg a key location for education and research.
Its famous musicals, 60 theatres and numerous museums and exhibitions mean visitors flock to the city. The Alster river right in the heart of the city and its many parks and open spaces make Hamburg into a green city offering a host of leisure and recreational activities.
With kind permission of the Bundesrat (January 2013)