10 Informative Hamburg Facts


Summary About Hamburg

Hamburg, a major port city in northern Germany, is connected to the North Sea by the Elbe River. Hamburg is proud of its status as a “Free and Hanseatic City” and thus shares the same status as a province, making up one of Germany’s 16 federal-states or Bundesländer.

The harbour is the heart of the city, however, Hamburg is also one of the most important media hubs in Germany. Half of the nation’s newspapers and magazines have their roots in Hamburg.

Facts About Hamburg:

  1. The official name of Hamburg is officially the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.
  2. Hamburg is the second-largest city in Germany after Berlin and 7th largest city in the European Union with a population of over 1.84 million.
  3. Hamburg is twinned with St. Petersburg, Russia; Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France; Shanghai, China; Dresden, Saxony, Germany; León, Nicaragua; Osaka, Japan; Prague, Czech Republic; Chicago, Illinois, United States & Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
  4. Hamburg is one of Germany’s 16 federal states, it is surrounded by Schleswig-Holstein to the north and Lower Saxony to the south.
  5. The Speicherstadt and Kontorhausviertel were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 2015.
  6. Both former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt and Angela Merkel, German chancellor since 2005, were born in Hamburg.
  7. Hamburg port is Europe’s third-largest port.
  8. Hamburg has more bridges than Venice, London and Amsterdam combined, around 2,300 bridges. 
  9. 14% of Hamburg city area is covered with Gardens and Parks, making it one of the greenest cities in Europe.
  10. The people of Hamburg are known as Hambergers.
  11. The population of Hamburg is 1.822 million, as of 2016.
  12. Hamburg’s town hall is one of the largest in the country, it has 647 rooms, its known as one of the most stunning government building in Germany.
  13. The Hamburger Dom is held three times a year, and is the biggest festival of its kind in the region.
  14. In 2009, more than 2,500 “stumbling blocks” were laid, engraved with the names of deported and murdered citizens. Inserted into the pavement in front of their former houses, the blocks draw attention to the victims of Nazi persecution.
  15. A memorial for successful English engineer William Lindley, who reorganized, beginning in 1842, the drinking water and sewage system and thus helped to fight against cholera, is near Baumwall train station in Vorsetzen street.
  16. Hamburg is home to one of the oldest international schools in Germany, the International School of Hamburg.
  17. The Miniatur Wunderland of Hamburg not only features the biggest model railway of the world but also a miniature version of pretty much the entire world.
  18. The HafenCity is Europe’s largest urban development project and is located in the Hamburg-Mitte district. HafenCity has 155 hectares in the area formerly belonging to the free port north of the Great Grasbrook.
  19. A Hamburg saying, referring to its anglophile nature, is: “Wenn es in London anfängt zu regnen, spannen die Hamburger den Schirm auf.” … “When it starts raining in London, people in Hamburg open their umbrellas.”
  20. Hamburg’s history begins with the Hammaburg, a moated castle of modest size, built in about AD 825 on a sandy promontory between the Alster and Elbe rivers.

Hamburg is a major European science, research, and education hub, with several universities and institutions. Hamburg is also known for several theatres and a variety of musical shows. St. Pauli’s Reeperbahn is among the best-known European entertainment districts.

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