Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city, with a population of 1.75 million. Situated in the north of the country, on the River Elbe, it is one of the most important harbours in Europe and the world. Perhaps surprisingly, it is also considered, by well-travelled locals to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The local climate ranges from a chilly 28°F in winter to a warmer 68 in summer. The climate is recognised as being bracing and locals relish the freshness of it.
Though more of a commercial hub than tourist destination, Hamburg’s burgeoning tourist industry, the fastest growing in the country, has been brought about by its wealth; it is the wealthiest city in Germany, its economic importance, geographic location; it has always been easy to reach from other countries and its political status. Perhaps surprisingly, Hamburg has 2,500 bridges, more than Venice and Amsterdam combined. Indeed it has more bridges within its city limits than any other in the world and then there are its lakes and waterways. Galleries and museums add to the attractions, but it is the harbour, which is the undoubted heart of the city and which everything else focuses around.