15 Apr, 2009

Hamburg – the Gate to the World


Hamburg is one of the most important state cities in Germany and Europe. It is the second largest city in the country after the capital city of Berlin and has more than 1.9 million residents within the limits of the city. Therefore it is considered to be among the most populated cities in Europe – which are not capital cities of the countries. This city is referred to as Gate to Europe, as it has been the second most important port in the continent, after the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Being such an important port for Europe, Hamburg became a commercial hub connecting some of the most important and powerful countries of the world. It is an independent state, but above all it is an international city with a great commercial, political and financial background and future. The well appointed port has helped the city build its wealth and find a significant spot in the world map. It is the wealthiest metropolitan city in Europe, surpassing other traditional powers such as London or Paris.

Hamburg is not just a commercial state though; it features numerous building of unique architecture and the largest concentration of historical landmarks within city limits. Some of the most known buildings are the St Michael Church, St Peter’s Church and numerous skyscrapers which blend – as weird as it sounds – harmoniously with the historical monuments and structures.

Hamburg features more than ten parks and more than fifty theatrical scenes within its limits. During summer months there are numerous festivals that take place, ranging from art shows and exhibitions to motor shows and car races. For those who like sports and activities, the city offers a wide range of options, even river swimming and fishing at the banks of the River Elbe. Nightlife is also considered to be quite rich and diverse.

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