City on the Elbe and Alster rivers, near the North Sea. Its full name is the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Germany's largest seaport and second largest city (after Berlin).
Hamburg consists of an old section on the eastern side of the Alster River, a new section on the western side, and several suburbs. The old section, which contains the heart of the commercial district, is crossed by numerous canals. Hamburg is one of Europe's most beautiful cities.
Its magnificent architecture, glorious parks and innumerable lakes, rivers and canals - it boast more bridges than Venice and Amsterdam combined - attracts tourists from all over the world.
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Hamburg is the second busiest seaport in Europe and a major commercial, industrial, and cultural center. Hamburg is the principal seaport and a major commercial center of Germany. In addition to vast accommodations for handling oceangoing vessels, the port has both rail and inland-waterway connections with much of central Europe. "Gateway to the World" No less than ninety-five consulates are located within its boundaries, making it a truly international metropolis. With over 18,000 export companies it is also Germany's foreign trade capital.
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Streets of Hamburg: Esplanade, Colonnaden, Poststrasse, Grossneumarkt, Spitalerstrasse, Milchstraße, Mönckebergstrasse
Hamburg was founded as the fortress of Hammaburg, established by Charlemagne in 808 as a defense outpost. Hamburg and England already enjoyed the benefit of an excellent relationship at the time of the Hanse. Hamburg however, was also well known as an important port and commercial town, in the entire English-speaking world.
The city has industries producing refined petroleum, chemicals, machinery, metal goods, and processed food. It is a major center of printing and publishing.
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