Will you move to Hamburg?
When you move to Hamburg what you need to know is that it’s the second largest city in Germany. It’s official name is Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, name which reflects its history as a free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire. It is located on the river Elbe and its port is the second largest in Europe and ranks as the tenth worldwide.
Hamburg has more than 5 million occupants and is divided in seven boroughs. These are Altona which is west of Hamburg, Bergedorf, Eimsbüttel, Hamburg-Mitte meaning Hamburg centre that covers the biggest part of the urban centre of the city, Hamburg-Nord which is located in the North-west of Hamburg, Harburg on the southern shores of Elbe and Wandsbek which is the second largest on the boroughs right after Bergedorf.
The city is a major transport hub and is one of the wealthiest cities in Europe. It has become a valued financial centre, having more than 120,000 enterprises. Hamburg is also a major touristic destination, ranking 17th for livability in the world in 2012.
When referring to the architecture Hamburg has as a city, the styles vary but there are only a few skyscrapers. Most of the landmarks are churches, which tall spires stand out in the city’s view, such as St. Nicholas’s Church, St. Michael’s Church, St. Peter’s Church, St. James’s Church and St. Catherine’s Church. Another important landmark is a radio and television tower named the Heinrich-Hertz-Turm, where the public is no longer allowed access to now a day. Hamburg is also well known for its multitude of canals and bridges that are more in number than those of Venice and Amsterdam combined. Hamburg has some big parks that are thoroughly distributed throughout the city making it a verdant city. The biggest parks you can come across are Stadtpark, Planten un Blomen which is a planetarium and the Ohlsdorf Cemetery. When enjoying the views of the city don’t miss the botanical garden Alter Botanicher Garten Hamburg which is situated in the Platen un Blomen park.
Hamburg has more than 100 music venues, over 60 museums and around 40 theatres so there are plenty of places to visit when you have free time. In 2011 Hamburg received the award of European Green Capital after entering the European Green Capital Award scheme.
Same as in Munich, there are several festivals and regular event that Hamburg is known for. You can choose to participate in the Alster fair, which is a summer festival held at Binnenalster and the Hafengeburtstag that celebrates the birthday of the port of Haburg by having a party and a ship parade. In addition to that, there is the Filmfest Hamburg that presents a large variety of films and some and some regular sports events such as Vattenfall Cyclassics and the Hamburg Marathon.
Regarding Hamburg and its view on English culture, there are some English-speaking communities you can join as for example British Club Hamburg, the Caledonian Society of Hamburg and the British and Commonwealth Luncheon Club. In Hamburg you can also find a flourishing Anglican church community at St. Thomas Becket Church.
Hamburg is known as a capital of sport for Germany since it has various first league teams and hosts several international sports events. Teams such as Hamburger SV, Hamburg Freezers, Hamburg Warriors and Hamburg Dockers, teams that by hard work and commitment managed to secure themselves as champions. Hamburg also has the largest tennis court in Germany, namely Am Rothenbaum that is the stadium used for the International German Open and it also hosts several important equestrian events at Reitstadion Klein Flottbek and Horner Rennbahn, which hosts the annual Deutsches Derby.
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