Hamburg is a huge city with several district articles that contain information about specific sights, restaurants, and accommodation. The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg) is Germany’s second-largest city and, at the same time, one of Germany’s 16 federal states or Bundesländer.
Before the modern German state formation, Hamburg for centuries enjoyed status as a de facto independent city-state and regional power and trade hub in the North Sea. Although situated over 100 km (62 mi) upriver from the North Sea on the Elbe, Hamburg has been one of Europe’s most important ports for centuries, as reflected in its full name referencing the Hanseatic League. The city was built upon several islands formed by the wide river and its larger and smaller tributaries, and the massive port occupies a considerable part of its southern half.
With a tumultuous history preserved in more than just the ancient name, Hamburg grew to become one of Germany’s most affluent cities, today hosting almost 1.8 million inhabitants and forming a metropolitan center for many smaller cities and towns in neighboring federal states.
Its riverine location allows it to compete with Amsterdam or Venice with the number of canals, most of which (called “Fleet” or “Brook”) are former small rivers and streams regulated to allow the sprawling city to expand over their banks. And on top of that, Hamburg has more bridges (over 2,300) than Amsterdam, Venice, and London combined.
With the views, culture, and high standard of living Hamburg is known for. There is much to enjoy in Hamburg.💡
hamburg (plural hamburgs)
- (slang, Midwestern US) hamburger (food)
hamburg (third-person singular simple present hamburgs, present participle hamburging, simple past and past participle hamburged)
- (Grenada) To annoy.