In love with the Hanseatic city

High quality of life

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg lies in Northern Germany and is both a city-state and a federal state. With over 1.8 million inhabitants, it is the second largest city in Germany after Berlin. Hamburg is known as a media and start-up centre, has a vibrant cultural scene and is one of the cities with the highest quality of life in the world. The Alster and the Elbe offer numerous recreational opportunities; the North Sea is just as easy to reach as the towns of Lübeck and Lüneburg. The fact that it rains more in Hamburg than in other German cities is an eternal myth. On average, with just 130 rainy days a year, we have 40 less rainy days than Munich’s citizens. As the second largest city in Germany, Hamburg offers optimal connections to all major German and European cities. Due to its size and internationality, Hamburg is very easy to reach from anywhere in the world no matter the alternative you choose: bus, train, car or plane.

Germany’s gateway to the world

“Germany’s gateway to the World” – the Harbour of Hamburg – is one of the world’s largest transhipment harbours, the third largest harbour in Europe, which makes the city one of the most important logistics locations in Europe. Hamburg’s location on the waterfront and the numerous canals that make their way through the city are just as much part of Hamburg’s cityscape as its typical brick facades. The Speicherstadt (historical warehouse district) and the Kontorhausviertel (Kontorhaus quarter) are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the Elbphilharmonie (Elbe Philharmonic Concert Hall) became in 2017 one of the city’s landmarks as well.

Hamburg as a university city

Hamburg is undisputedly a great city and a highly attractive place to study.  With both private and state universities, Hamburg is one of the most important university cities and one of the most important research locations in Germany. As a result, students benefit from a lot of activities and the city has a vibrant and lively nightlife. As an educational and research location, Hamburg is the centre of several prestigious educational institutions, institutes and research centres – its economic and scientific significance makes the city a top location for medical studies.

Cultural diversity

Hamburg is the third largest location for musicals in the world, after New York and London.  “The Lion King” and “The Phantom of the Opera” are two classics that run continuously at the theatre in Hamburg. Because of the festivals, musicals, concerts and theatre performances as well as the internationally known St. Pauli quarter, there is always something to experience in Hamburg. There are no limits to leisure activities in Hamburg: the impressive Elbe Philharmonic Hall, the traditional Altona Fish Market, the Hamburg DOM as the largest folk festival in the north, the Cruise Days, the Miniature Wonderland, around 60 theatres and more than 60 museums and internationally famous galleries, the International German Tennis Championships on Hamburg’s Rothenbaum, the annual marathon, the Cyclassics and the Celebration of Harbour’s Foundation  are just a small selection of the wide range of sports, cultural and leisure alternatives that the city offers.