Hamburg is considered the culinary capital of Germany. The city is full of first-rate restaurants, like that of Michelin-starred vegetarian chef Michael Hoffmann; dishes of local produce married with foreign spices, such as those of Heinz Wehmann; and gourmet cuisine based on sea food and fish, like that of Wolfgang Grobauer, an acclaimed chef from Munich.
Miniatur Wunderland is the unmissable spot for both small and older children. Spread over 6,400 m², thirteen kilometres of miniature rail winds around the world’s largest model train network.
In 1907, the Hangenbeck zoo opened. Visitors can see and feed live animals in spaces with conditions similar to those of their natural habitat.
Hamburg is one of Europe’s most important economic hubs. The city specialises in chemistry, aerospace and shipbuilding, as well as technology in general.
Located on the River Elbe, which flows into the North Sea, its port is nicknamed ‘Germany’s Gateway to the World’. The port has a surface area of 87 km². It is Europe’s third-biggest port in terms of shipping, as well as the world’s fifteenth-largest in surface area and twenty-second biggest in goods traded.
In 2015, Hamburg’s complex of warehouses was classed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO: it illustrates the trade boom the city enjoyed at the end of the nineteenth century and start of the twentieth.
Wander this world streaked with canals, bridges and red-brick buildings: its design based on perfectly straight lines suggests an almost futuristic vision of the city.
The Kuntshalle art museum brings together the country’s most splendid, largest collections of artwork.
Hamburg is highly sports-oriented, offering visitors an extensive range of sport and leisure activities.
Its leading sports clubs are in football: FC St Pauli and Hamburger SV.
Founded in 1910 and 1887 respectively, the two groups maintain a long-standing, politically polarised rivalry.
Hamburger SV has the most impressive record of achievements: six Germany league titles, victory in the 1983 European Cup and triumph in the 1977 European Cup Winners’ Cup.
Handball is similarly successful: the club HSV Hamburg won the European Champions League in handball in 2013.
Since 1996, the city has also hosted the EuroEyes Cyclassics cycling race.