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Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany. With Hamburg Harbor, its principal port, the city is also the second main port city in the European Union and the biggest city of the Union which is not a capital.
Hamburg is situated on the southern rim of Jutland Peninsula, geographically centered between Europe and Scandinavia and between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. The city of Hamburg is situated at the junction of the river Elbe with the rivers Alster and Bille. Hamburg's center is marvelously set around Lake Binnenalster and Lake Außenalster.
Hamburg is an international trade city and the commercial and cultural centre of Northern Germany.
The grand merchants' houses and beautuful promenades, international music events, shopping malls and St. Pauli district fill Hamburg with a cosmopolitan feel. In addition, a touch of the exotic clings to the warehouse district and the city's typical canals. With its noumerous parks and gardens, Hamburg is also Germany's greenest city.
Homburg's port is the second major container terminal in Europe. Hafencity is Europe's biggest metropolitan construction project. The river Elbe, where the port is situated, played a main role in forming Hamburg's development all over history. The Alster Lake is a leisure spot in the heart of the city. Blankenese is an exclusive residential suburb; the baroque church of St. Michael is Hamburg's most renowned symbol. The Speicherstadt warehouse district is the world's largest former warehouse complex - and finally there is the Reeperbahn, the well-known "red light district".
Hamburg port and the Landungsbrùcken jetties
Hamburg's port is one of the busiest transshipment ports in the world. It is the gateway to the markets in north, central and Eastern Europe, the link between continental Europe and the rest of the world and the most significant overseas port for Scandinavia and central/eastern Europe. Harbor tours start from the 700 meters floating pontoon on the Landungsbrùcken jetties.
St. Michael's Church
The city's skyline is defined by the towers of its main churches. The 132 meters steeple of St. Michael, known locally as "Michel", is Hamburg's well-known symbol. Climb the 453 steps to the viewing platform and gain a magnificent vision of Hamburg and its harbor.
"Speicherstadt" warehouse district
The 100-year-old warehouse district is located between the Deichtor Halls and Baumwall. It is beautiful quarter - not the kind of place you would expect to find within an international port. With its Wilhelminian brick Gothic buildings, remarkable gables and small towers. The district is also the place where the world's largest Oriental carpet store is located.