Hamburg, Germany’s second largest metropolis and Europe's third biggest port, lies at the head of the long funnel-shaped estuary of the River Elbe.
Nicknamed “Tor zur Welt” (Gateway to the World), Hamburg welcomed merchants, sailors and travellers for centuries. The city is best known for its famous harbor area, the Port of Hamburg, and for its nightlife, northern brick architecture and maritime flair.
Its story begins with the Roman era. Luckily we can still admire a big part of its original architecture, as the green city on the water managed to preserve its historic value during the raids of World War II.
The Town Hall (Rathaus) is the only palace of the city, a prestigious Neo-Renaissance building, whose inner decoration reflects the pride of the middle class of the 19th century.
Hamburg’s symbolic heart, this impressive sandstone building dominated the centre of the Old Town (Altstadt), and is now home to the city’s senate and parliament.