Hamburg is one of the coolest cities on earth. A maritime spirit infuses the entire city, bequeathing its diverse neighbourhoods astonishing culinary, architectural and musical excellence and variety. To put it another way, it’s impossible to come to Hamburg and not having a really good time.

We found this compliment in an English language travel guide about Hamburg and we can only agree with it and would like to present some top sights here:


Culinary specialities

Among the well-known Hamburg dishes are Pears, beans and bacon,
Plaice Finkenwerder species (with omitted bacon cubes),
Stint (a small fish that is native to the Elbe),
Kale, Hamburg eel soup,
Labscouse, potatoes, boiled beetroot and corned beef are mashed together with a dash of beef broth and gherkin water. If you’re not yet a Labskaus fan, why not give it a try? It really tastes much better than it might seem at first glance. Classically, the stomp is topped with fried egg and gherkins.
Snuten and Poten (Low German for muzzles and paws),
Rundstück warm (In Northern Germany, especially in Hamburg, a warm snack is called Rundstück warm, also Hamburger Rundstück warm, where a slice of warm roast beef or pork is put into a cut in half and then covered with gravy)
Rote Grütze is a dessert of the German kitchen as well as the national kitchens of Scandinavia and is a wonderfully refreshing summer dessert. Red fruit jelly tastes best with fresh fruit. The name is derived from the typical red colouring of the fruit used.
French roll. A Franzbrötchen is a sweet pastry consisting of puff pastry or yeast dough filled with sugar and cinnamon. It is a variation of the cinnamon bun. The Franzbrötchen is a speciality of Hamburg cuisine and is often served with coffee and cake or for breakfast. The name is possibly a reminiscence of the French model, the croissant, which is also made of puff pastry and became famous in Hamburg through Napoleon’s troops during the French period in Hamburg (1806-1814).


Some more information

Hamburg, officially the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, is a city state of the Federal Republic of Germany. The official name refers to Hamburg’s history as a Free Imperial City and as a leading member of the Hanseatic League trading alliance.
Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany with a population of approximately 1.8 million and the largest city in the European Union that is not a capital city. The metropolitan region of Hamburg has over five million inhabitants, and around 2.2 million people live in the urban agglomeration.
The Port of Hamburg is one of the largest transhipment ports in the world and, together with the international airport, makes Hamburg one of the most important logistics locations in Europe.
Since 2015, the Speicherstadt and the neighbouring Kontorhaus district have been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, while other well-known cultural monuments and landmarks include Hamburg City Hall and the five prominent main churches of St. Michaelis, St. Petri, St. Nikolai, St. Katharinen and St. Jacobi. Typical for the cityscape are also many clinker brick facades as well as the proximity to water with numerous rivers, canals and canals. The St. Pauli district with the Reeperbahn as an amusement district and the Elbphilharmonie concert hall, which opened in 2016, are also internationally renowned. Hamburg is one of the most important locations for musicals on the European continent. Hamburg is one of the cities with the highest quality of life in the world.
Hamburg has been the seat of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ISGH) since 1996. Since 2004, the Hamburg Summit, an important Chinese-European summit meeting, has been held in the Hanseatic city. In July 2017 the twelfth G20 Summit took place here.
The Alster lake in the city centre has been dammed to a lake since the Middle Ages. This lake is divided into the larger Outer Alster and the smaller Inner Alster, which is surrounded by the historic centre of the city. The tributaries of the Alster – like the Alster itself – are partly canalised in the city area. They are mostly lined by extensive public parks. The city’s numerous canals, rivers and canals are spanned by almost 2500 bridges


Town Twinning

Hamburg maintains partnerships with nine cities, mainly with other port cities.
The first – oral – partnership agreement was concluded in 1957 with Leningrad, today’s St. Petersburg, Russia. The partnership is the oldest between a German and a then Soviet city.
Within the framework of the Franco-German friendship, the partnership with Marseille was sealed in 1958. It is characterized by the exchange on an economic level, student and youth exchange. Hamburg has similar problems as the twin city Marseille. This concerns the port, port expansion, the development of old port areas.
The partnership with Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, which began in 1986, was frozen in 1989 after the massacre at the Gate of Heavenly Peace. However, the exchange in cultural and economic areas continued.
On 14 December 1987, the partnership with the Elbe city of Dresden, then German Democratic Republic, was signed.
The partnership with Osaka, Japan, was concluded in 1989. The highlight of the partnership was the opening of the Japanese Garden in Planten un Blomen.
A partnership has existed with León in Nicaragua since 1990, which is mainly characterised by Hamburg development aid.
On April 19, 1990, a partnership with the then Czechoslovakian, now Czech capital Prague was concluded in Hamburg as part of the East-West rapprochement. The Moldau and Elbe rivers connect Prague and Hamburg.
On Chicago’s initiative, a further town twinning arrangement has existed since 1994. The reasons were the large number of descendants of German emigrants of the nineteenth century living in Chicago and a great interest of Hamburg schools in a German-American partnership.
In June 2010 the twinning with Dar es Salaam in Tanzania was established by the Hamburg City Council.
coat of arms, logo, emblem
The small national coat of arms shows a white (or silver) castle in red shield and goes back to the town seals of the 12th and 13th century. The middle tower, on which a cross stands, is interpreted as a reference to the seat of a bishop and as a representation of the medieval St. Mary’s Cathedral, which was consecrated to the patron saint of the town and from which the “Mariensterne” above the side towers are also said to derive their name.
The design of the castle varied considerably over time. The gate was once open, fitted with portcullis or closed as an expression of a fortified town and independence from other sovereigns.
Since 1835 the coat of arms has existed in its present form with minor changes.
The phrase “Hamburg – The Gateway to the World” or “Germany’s Gateway to the World” has long been well known, in contrast to other short-term epithets or sayings of city advertising. It first appeared after Hamburg’s accession to the German customs territory (1888), a period in which Hamburg developed into one of the leading world ports.
In the preamble to the state constitution adopted in 1952, Hamburg described itself as a “global port city”, which “has a special task assigned to it by its history and location in relation to the German people. It wants to be a mediator between all continents and peoples of the world in the spirit of peace.


Your see

Hamburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and radiates an incomparable charm. Go on a discovery tour through the city by the Elbe and explore the most beautiful sights, attend unique events or feast in the most delicious restaurants and cafés. The city’s scene and nightlife are known all over the world and Hamburg is also a great shopping metropolis.

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