Second only to Berlin in size and population, Hamburg has a well-earned reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World and home to one of the biggest ports in Europe.
Whilst the harbour is undoubtedly the heart of the city, Hamburg is also one of the most important media hubs in Germany, with almost half of the nation's newspapers and magazines headquartered there. Also, unknown even to some locals, is the fact that Hamburg is also home to one of the major Airbus aircraft assembly plants, making it a major hub of the world's aerospace industry.
Over the years Hamburg has become one of Germany’s most important industrial cities, with a growing number of processing and manufacturing industries there.
Among Hamburg’s many other facets are a network of canals reminiscent of Amsterdam; lakes, parks, and verdant suburbs full of gracious houses; elegant shopping arcades; richly endowed museums; and a vibrant cultural life. These are among the attractions that have contributed to a growing tourist industry.
The neo-gothic brick architecture, Speicherstadt makes for an exciting contrast to the modern steel-and-glass constructions of its city neighbours. Since 2015, Speicherstadt, along with Kontorhausviertel and Chilehaus, proudly bears the title of Germany’s 40th UNESCO World Heritage Site.