Maritime Atmosphere & High Quality of Life

Hamburg is one of the world’s most liveable cities, rankings by Mercer and The Economist confirm.

High Quality of Life Hamburg

Each of its 104 neighbourhoods is a gem – from the city’s new waterfront precinct HafenCity Hamburg and historic residential areas to trendy Schanzenviertel, Karoviertel, and St. Georg, Hamburg’s hotspots of creativity and district culture. Its beautiful city centre lures shoppers with international top labels. Local design and fashion is at home in the trendy neighbourhoods of Eimsbüttel, Eppendorf, and Altona. World cuisine and local lore, celebrity chefs and food trucks provide gastronomic diversity and delight.

With 1,460 civic parks, Hamburg is one of the greenest cities in Europe. Rivers, canals and lakes set blue accents and allow to enjoy water sports right in the heart of the City. Paths for walkers, joggers and cyclists are lining their banks. Where cycling and e-mobility are being expanded, also the world’s oldest public transport network is pushing ahead innovation for its buses, metro lines, and port ferries.

Hamburg is a City of Culture

As a city of culture, Hamburg is unique and diverse at the same time. The Hamburg State Opera is not only known for highly acclaimed productions, but is also the home of the Hamburg Ballett by John Neumeier. In September 2015, Kent Nagano took up office as General Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra. The "Laeiszhalle – Musikhalle Hamburg" is a world-class concert hall. In theatre, Hamburg boasts Germany’s most highly awarded stages: Thalia Theater and Deutsches Schauspielhaus, also Germany’s largest playhouse.

The International Music Festival Hamburg and Reeperbahn Festival are cultural events with international appeal. In Hamburg’s new waterfront district HafenCity, culture is given a prominent landmark, with the Elbphilharmonie atop the former port warehouse Kaispeicher A. In early 2017, the impressive concert hall of international appeal was officially inaugurated – the new hallmark of Hamburg, shining brightly high above the city.

Events in Hamburg and its metro region

Musical Metropolis Hamburg

Hamburg is also a musical metropolis. World-renowned stage shows as well as locally produced musicals with first-class entertainment, poignant stories and rousing songs attract two million visitors to Hamburg each year. Nevertheless, there is no end to the boom in sight in the third largest musical city in the world after New York and London. Night owls are attracted to the world-famous Reeperbahn in the heart of St. Pauli, where the triumphant career of The Beatles began. Even today, theatres, clubs and trendy bars offer fun and entertainment to the party people from all over the world.

Hamburg - also a city of sports

Hamburg is also a city of sports, with top athletes and teams competing each year in front of cheering crowds. Also in grass root sports, Hamburg is simply unbeatable: three out of ten inhabitants are members of one of the almost 800 sports clubs, and use modern sports venues, parks, lakes and river to keep fit by running, cycling or all forms of watersports. It is these special qualities, together with the maritime atmosphere and its proximity to the North Sea and the Baltic Sea that make Hamburg a jewel among international cities.

Meet Hamburg - Discover Hamburg in 360°

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