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The city of Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany. This major metropolis has close to two million people. Situated on the river Elbe, the port of Hamburg is the third largest port in Europe and tenth largest worldwide. One of the most affluent cities in Europe, Hamburg is a media and industrial hub, and a major tourist destination for both domestic and overseas visitors.
Hamburg is a commercial centre of Northern Europe. It is the most important banking community of Northern Germany. Hamburg is the headquarters of Germany’s oldest bank, the Berenberg Bank. It is also home to M.M.Warburg & CO, and HSH Nordbank. Hamburg offers many locations for serviced offices. Other important economic industries for Hamburg include the Port of Hamburg, Airbus, and shipyards such as Blohm & Voss. Media businesses are also important to the economy of Hamburg, including the company The Norddeutscher Rundfunk. Internet and telecommunications company HanseNet, which sells DSL Internet access under the Alice brand, has its headquarters in Hamburg.
Entertainment And Dining Out
A typical Hamburg visit might include a tour of the city hall and the grand church St. Michaelis (called the Michel). You may also want to take a stroll on the harbour promenade (Landungsbrücken). Hamburg is one of the world’s largest harbours and they offer canal boat tours. Cuisine in Hamburg can centre around local dishes such as Birnen, Bohnen und Speck - green beans cooked with pears and bacon, or Bratkartoffeln - pan-fried potato slices. One restaurant in the area is Landhaus Scherrer. It is a ten minute drive from downtown, but the park setting offers a great escape. They serve German Food. Classic German food, items that focus on local ingredients, and a mixture of modern German dishes and flavors from around the world.
The international airport is officially Hamburg Airport (IATA: HAM, ICAO: EDDH). It is just a few km/miles from the city centre. The second airport in Hamburg is Hamburg-Finkenwerder (IATA: XFW, ICAO: EDHI). It is about 10 km from the city centre and is a nonpublic airport for the Airbus plant. Hamburg offers public transport by rail, bus, and ships. There are mass transit rail lines across the city.