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 startup center, 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 means of transport: bus, train, car or plane.

Germany’s gateway to the world

“Germany’s Gateway to the World” – the Harbor of Hamburg – is one of the world’s largest transshipment harbors, the third largest harbor 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 Hall) became one of the city‘s main landmarks in 2017.

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 research locations in Germany. As a result, the city has a diverse student body and nightlife. As an educational and research location, Hamburg is the center of several prestigious educational institutions, institutes and research centers – its economic and scientific significance makes the city a top location for medical studies.

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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 theater in Hamburg. Because of the festivals, musicals, concerts and theater 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 theaters 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 birthday celebration of the city’s harbor are just a small selection of the wide range of sports, cultural and leisure alternatives the city has to offer.