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Hamburg, Germany

When most people think of cities, they picture bustling streets, vibrant markets and endless entertainment. And as Germany's second-largest city, Hamburg features all these urban essentials. But with some 1,400 parks and gardens and over 2,300 bridges (more than Amsterdam and Venice combined) Hamburg mixes horticultural havens with metropolitan flair.

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Hamburg, Germany

Port of Call

The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

In terms of shipping volume, Hamburg Harbour is the second-largest port in Europe and the ninth-largest on the planet. While you're certain to catch a glimpse of its 500 berths and 33 docks upon arrival, be sure to get a closer look with an exciting barge tour of the world-renowned harbour.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Take in a bird's-eye view of both Hamburg and the harbour from the lofty spire of St. Michaelis cathedral.
  • Discover an array of theatres, bars, nightclubs and the infamous Reeperbahn district in the St. Pauli neighbourhood – located on the city's western side.
  • If elephants and sea lions are up your street, visit Carl Hagenbeck's Tierpark, a world-famous zoo with some 2,500 animals roaming near-natural habitats.
  • Visit the world's largest model railway. The Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg is steadily growing to include more than 1,000 trains hauling more than 15,000 carriages!
  • Brush up on your art history with a trip to the Kunsthalle Art Gallery. It features almost 3,000 paintings and 400 sculptures, including works by Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys, Georg Baselitz and David Hockney.

Sporting Adventures

The most popular spectator sport in Germany (and most of Europe) is soccer – known as football to the Europeans. The AOL Arena is the home stadium of Hamburg's team, the Hamburger SV. Matches for the 2006 World Cup were hosted here.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

No, the official dish of Hamburg isn't the hamburger but many people believe the name 'hamburger' did come from this city. The theory goes that hundreds of years ago, a band of warriors from Central Asia carried small slabs of beef under their saddles as they rode. When the custom reached Germany, the Germans ate their meat on a round bun. Then German immigrants, travelling from the port in Hamburg, brought this practice to the United States where it was referred to as 'Hamburger Style Beef'.

Local Currency

Germany's official currency is the euro (EUR). Credit cards and traveller's cheques are also widely accepted.

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    Before You Visit

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