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.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
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.
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.
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'.
Germany's official currency is the euro (EUR). Credit cards and traveller's cheques are also widely accepted.
Learn more about this port city with these tourist information guides.