Culture and living

Hamburg is said to be one of the most stunning cities in Germany. Of course most of the inhabitants say 'it is the most beautiful city in the world'. With its flair and maritime charms, the city offers an attractive location for business travellers and visitors alike. The city is situated around the rivers Alster and Elbe, and is home to more bridges than Venice. Its beauty can best be experienced on a walking tour along the port and around Alster Lake.

Museums and galleries

Art is an important part of the city. About 40 museums show the works of artists from all over the world. The Kunsthalle and the Bucerius Kunst Forum are internationally renowned. More than 200 galleries offer a range of works for every taste.

Restaurants and night life

Many of Germany's best-known chefs run restaurants in Hamburg, offering a wide range of culinary pleasures. The city's  night life is exciting and diverse. Even the Beatles started their international career on the Reeperbahn in Hamburg.

Hamburg has many malls and streets filled with hundreds of interesting shops. The extensive shopping facilities support a huge variety of goods. All the familiar stores as well as many smaller shops sell products with a local charm. For further information and access to the city centre's shop finder visit english.hamburg.de/shopping-np.

Theaters and musicals

There are more than 30 theaters in the city, only London and New York offer more musicals performed on stage than in Hamburg. In the future, the yet to be completed Elbphilharmonie will certainly be the main attraction in the new quarter of the harbour city.

In addition to the green riversides of Elbe and Alster, about 100 parks offer a lot of quiet spots to take a time-out, relax and enjoy the great nature of the European Green Capital 2011. For further information on parks an greens visit www.hamburg.de.

Sports and events

Many sports events take place throughout the year. Two professional soccer teams (HSV and St. Pauli) as well as first class handball and ice hockey teams ensure good entertainment. The city also arranges well-known tennis and cycle tournaments. A great number of sporting avitivies are offered to the public as well.