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Hamburg
Hamburg – meetings & events at the waterfront
Each metropolis is fascinating in its own way. Hamburg has the harbour, the Speicherstadt, the church St. Michaelis and the Jungfernstieg, the St. Pauli Landungsbrücken, magnificent old office buildings and mansions, countless canals and more bridges than Venice, not to mention parks the size of city districts, a prime location at the banks of the Elbe River and – thanks to Dutch millwrights who came here in the Middle Ages – Alster Lake, a sailing area right in the heart of the city. Let's not forget the many hip neighbourhoods with their galleries, restaurants and cafés. Live clubs and theatres have brought forth international stars.
Head for Hamburg – "AHOY" from the cradle of cruise shipping
Hamburg Cruise Days 2012
Hamburg Cruise Days 2012
Sea Cloud Cruises Hamburg
Sea Cloud Cruises Hamburg
Over a century ago the famed Hamburg-based shipping supremo Albert Ballin emerged as the inventor of the cruise. As Director-General of HAPAG – "Hamburg-Amerikanische-Packetfahrt-Aktiengesellschaft" – he decided that his Transatlantic liners should be deployed in the winter months on "educational and pleasure voyages" on the sunnier Mediterranean. The idea proved a hit. He despatched the passenger vessel "Auguste Victoria" on the first cruise in history in 1891. Cruise shipping was born that year. Today Hamburg itself is proving to be one of the favorite cruise destinations in Northern Europe. For centuries "Hamburg-Gateway to the World" has been the watchword. That is not simply the by-line for this Hanseatic City, but everyday reality.
New landmark on an old storehouse
HafenCity Unilever Building
HafenCity Unilever Building
Tradition and modern life, history and visions of the future merge and give the city its distinctive character. Hamburg's versatility can best be seen in the HafenCity. This is nothing less than the largest inner city urban development project in Europe, which at the same time has become a 157 hectare playground for architects
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
from all over the world. The modern quarter features new locations and impressive views of the water. At its tip, the Elbphilharmonie concert hall is a conspicuous landmark, rising in sweeping lines from the base of a former coffee storehouse. The concert hall with adjoining hotel holds the promise of becoming a venue of superlatives and demonstrates, if nothing else, the high standards of a metropolis with international outlook. Visitors to the Hanseatic City can expect an extra special highlight next year when the Hamburg International Garden Show (IGS) opens its gates on the Elbe island of Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg on 26 April 2013. It will take them on a world tour through time to experience all the cultures, climate zones and vegetation zones on earth under the slogan "Around the world in 80 gardens".
Cultural life for inspiring moments
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Konzerthalle
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Concert Hall
Rickmer Rickmers
Rickmer Rickmers
It wasn't princes and kings, but cosmopolitan citizens and art-loving patrons who laid the foundation for the arts and culture, art collections and museums, and this is still true to this day. Hamburg is the uncontested leader when it comes to endowments for the arts and culture. The city's valuable treasures and unique institutions, such as the Art Gallery, the Brucerius Art Forum, the Deichtor Halls, the Ernst Barlach Museum or the Maritime Museum, are all owed to this generous spirit. At the same time, many exhibition spaces as well as the museum ships Rickmer Rickmers and Cap San Diego are popular event venues that add a very special touch to any event.
Sustainable visions for a green metropolis
Alster und Solarboot
Alster with Solar Boat
 
Elbdeich Hamburg-Lühe
Elbdeich Hamburg-Lühe
Less is more! Lots of nature and visionary projects make Hamburg one of the most environmentally friendly cities in Europe. Woods, meadows and recreational areas make up about 15 percent of the city's area. Hard to believe, but Hamburg boasts 29 nature reserves on its relatively small area – more than any other city in Germany. With the »Green Capital 2011« award, Hamburg was crowned the most environmentally friendly city in Europe. The city wants to continue to grow, though not at the expense of valuable green spaces or the climate, but with concepts that are environmentally friendly and sustainable. This claim is also maintained by the meeting industry. The Hamburg Convention Bureau was the first marketing organization of its kind in Germany to be certified according to the Green Globe criteria in 2011.
Hamburg Convention Bureau
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