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Maritime Hamburg has always been a cosmopolitan place, and its inhabitants are known for their liberal world view. Germany's principal trading city is also a cultural centre par excellence. Hamburg is Northern Germany's leading city. With a population of 1.7 million, it is Germany's second-largest city after Berlin, is Germany's biggest port, produces half of all the newspapers and magazines in the country and in addition, has a lively cultural scene.

Hamburgers have often influenced developments well beyond the national boundaries. Take the long-serving Federal Chancellor, Helmut Schmidt, who was known for his characteristic Hanseatic yachting cap and his sailor's pipe (without which European and world summits would simply not have been the same); or the humble hamburger itself (precise origins unknown), which was probably taken to the United States by 19th-century German emigrants and within a matter of decades established itself as an archetypal American food.

The city is also well-known for its colourful bars, providing a lively nightlife which knows no closing time. Those who prefer a quieter life will enjoy the many green corners and pleasant cafés to be found in the city. Waterways can be found throughout Hamburg. Many an enjoyable day can be spent exploring canals and the port area by boat, discovering the city from the water. And then there is the wonderful hinterland, including the regions of Mecklenburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony. However, you are never far away from the open sea - be it the quiet and charming Baltic coast or the much more strongly tidal North Sea. You can even try your hand at freshwater sailing on the Alster - the sea breeze is never far away from Hamburg.

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