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Flag of the State of HamburgA virtual guide to the German Federal State of Hamburg. The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (in German: Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg) is a city state and the second largest city in Germany and the second smallest Federal State in Germany.
Formerly a settlement to convert the Saxons to Christianity in the 8th century, the ancient riverport became in the course of centuries the most important trading center in Europe and Germany's 'Gateway to the World'.
Hamburg is located at the junction of the Elbe River with the Alster and Bille Rivers about 50 km south east of the Elbe River's estuary mouth on the North Sea. The city state borders Schleswig-Holstein in north and Lower-Saxony in south. Hamburg is Germany's largest and most important port.
Official Name: Hamburg
Nick name(s): "Tor zur Welt" - Gateway to the world.
Time zone: Central European Time (CET); Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Location: on the southern tip of the Jutland Peninsula at the Elbe River about 50 km south east of the Elbe River's estuary on the North Sea.
Area: 755 sq km
Population (2015): 1.74 million
Religions: 29% Protestants, 3% Roman Catholic.
Industries: Port, civil aerospace industry, oil-refining, media and print.
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Official Sites of HamburgNote: External links will open in a new browser window.
Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg; the city state and State Capital's official website.
Statistics office for Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein.
Google Earth Hamburg
Searchable map and satellite view of Hamburg.
Stadtplan - hamburg.de
City map Hamburg
Political Map of Germany
Administrative Map of Germany
Germany's best-selling nationwide yellow press.
Hamburger Abendblatt Online
Hamburger Morgenpost Online
German nationwide newspaper (partly English).
Weekly news and background information - politics, business, education, knowledge, media (in German).
Weekly political magazine.
Public television news.
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Arts & Culture
Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle Hamburg, the city's brand-new landmark, the 'concert hall for everyone'.
Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg
Hamburg's first-class theater.
Germany's first public opera house in Hamburg, founded in January 1678.
A guide to Hamburg's musicals.
Exhibitions of modern and contemporary art.
Museen in Hamburg
Index of museums and exhibitions in Hamburg.
Business & Economy
The Hamburg Stock Exchange.
HWF - Hamburgische Gesellschaft für Wirtschaftsförderung
Hamburg Business Development Corporation, a consulting agency for investors and companies.
Aircraft design and construction.
Blohm + Voss
Shipbuilding and engineering works.
Hamburg Airport (HAM)
Official website of Hamburg's airport.
Hafen Hamburg is the principal sea port of Germany.
Travel and Tour Consumer Information
Destination Hamburg - Travel and Tour Guides
Discover Hamburg, the city state and Germany's principal port.
Find accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, tours and much more by following the links below.
Hamburg Tourist Board
A visitors guide, from the Alster Lake to the district of St. Pauli.
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Founded in 1919.
Environment & Nature
Naturpark Lüneburger Heide
Nature- and recreation landscape in the middle of the tri-city area of Hamburg, Hanover and Bremen.
History of Hamburg
Wikipedia entry about Hamburg's history.
Is Hamburg your Ancestor's Emigration Port? A data bank of the Hamburg Emigration Lists beginning with the emigration of 1890 will be made available for your personal use. The entire data entry for individual emigrants can be accessed for a fee at BallinStadt.
Additional Information about Hamburg
Federal States of Germany
Baden-Württemberg | Bavaria | Berlin | Brandenburg | Bremen | Hamburg | Hesse | Lower Saxony
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania | North Rhine-Westphalia | Rhineland-Palatinate | Saarland
Saxony | Saxony-Anhalt | Schleswig-Holstein | Thuringia
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