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Port of Hamburg at Norderelbe river, with Stage Theater im Hafen
Part of the Port of Hamburg at Norderelbe river, with Stage Theater im Hafen on the right site.
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Flag of the State of Hamburg
Where in Germany is Hamburg?A 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.


State Profile

Official Name: Hamburg

Nick name(s): "Tor zur Welt" - Gateway to the world.

Abbreviation: HH

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.
Hamburg Rathaus, city hall
Hamburg Rathaus, the city's town hall as seen from St. Petri, in background the "Michel" church tower. The Rathaus building is home to the government of Hamburg, the seat of one of Germany's 16 state parliaments.
Image: Daniel Ullrich

Official Sites of Hamburg

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Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg; the city state and State Capital's official website.

Hamburgische Bürgerschaft
Hamburg's parliament.

Statistikamt Nord
Statistics office for Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein.


Google Earth Google Earth Hamburg
Searchable map and satellite view of Hamburg.

Stadtplan -
City map Hamburg

 Political Map of Germany
 Administrative Map of Germany



Hamburger newspapers online (in German)

Germany's best-selling nationwide yellow press.
Hamburger Abendblatt
Hamburger Abendblatt Online
Hamburger Morgenpost
Hamburger Morgenpost Online
Die Welt
German nationwide newspaper (partly English).
Die Zeit
Weekly news and background information - politics, business, education, knowledge, media (in German).

Geo magazine.
Weekly magazine.
Weekly political magazine.

Public television news.

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Elbphilharmonie building in Hamburg
The Elbphilharmonie with its impressive glass facade and wave-like rooftop is Hamburg's new landmark.
Image: Michael Zapf

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.

Hamburgische Staatsoper
Germany's first public opera house in Hamburg, founded in January 1678.

A guide to Hamburg's musicals.

Hamburger Kunsthalle
Exhibitions of modern and contemporary art.

Museen in Hamburg
Index of museums and exhibitions in Hamburg.


Airbus Group Hamburg, Finkenwerder
Airbus plant in Hamburg, Finkenwerder. More than 17,000 people work for Airbus in Germany.
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Business & Economy

Hamburger Börse
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
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.

City portal.

Hamburg Tourist Board
A visitors guide, from the Alster Lake to the district of St. Pauli.

University of Hamburg main building, HH, Germany
University of Hamburg main building.
Image: Martina Nolte


Universität Hamburg
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.

BallinStadt Hamburg
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

Wikipedia: Hamburg

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