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Hamburg City Guide

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Welcome to the Hanseatic city of Hamburg, one of the most important commercial ports not only in Germany but also in Europe. Hamburg is situated on the River Elbe in the north of Germany, and has a population of 1.8 million, making it the second largest city in the country. Most of Hamburg was destroyed during the Second World War, however, it has since become one of the most affluent and influencial cities in Europe. 

Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel Airport (HAM) is located 5 miles north of the city centre and there are daily domestic, European and international flights. There are regular bus shuttles and a direct S-bahn train connecting the airport to the city centre. If you are travelling by train or bus, Hamburg's three train stations and the city's main bus station are located in the city centre. (TIP: Another option is to fly to Lübeck Airport (LBC) and connect to Hamburg by bus or train.)

Public transport in Hamburg is excellent. The HVV operates the city's buses, U-Bahn trains (underground) and S-Bahn trains (fast). All modes of transport are extensive, covering both the city centre and local suburbs. Tickets are inexpensive and all services are clean and reliable. Hamburg also operates six ferry lines on the River Elbe that are popluar with commuters. Many students walk or cycle.

For short term accommodation, use one of the city's quality hostels. For longer term student accommodation, check out our dedicated section for student accommodation in Hamburg.

Eating Out in Hamburg.........coming soon.

Socialising in Hamburg.........coming soon.

Hamburg is one of the most visited cities in Germany, rich in history, culture and sport. A tour of the port is a 'must' and is best experienced on board a harbour cruiser. Spend the day at the Hamburg Zoo, or the Maritime Museum, enjoy a concert at the O2 World, or an opera at the State Opera. If you are a sports fan, you can watch live 'Bundesliga football' at the Imtech Arena, 'Bundesliga handball' at the O2 World, and for the more energetic, the city is ideal for running and cycling. We highly recommend visiting the 
Submarine Museum (U-Boot) located on the Elbe, or relax in the Hamburg Botanical Garden.

Hamburg is renowned for excellent shopping. The main shopping area in the city centre is located around Spitalerstraße, Marktstrasse and Mönckebergstraße. Here you will find a variety of big brands and numerous department stores including, Alsterhaus, Karstadt and Galeria Kaufhof. For more exclusive shops, visit Neuer Wall, or if you prefer, there are a number of shopping centres including, the Hamburger Hof and the Europapassagen. Hamburg is also home to a number of fantastic markets. One of these is the Altonaer Fischmarkt, which is the oldest street market in Hamburg.  

Hamburg has a huge student population and a large number
universities. Some of these include the University of Hamburg, the Technical University of Hamburg, the Helmut Scmidt University and the Bucerius Law School. For more info on studying at any of these, please visit the university section of the website. 

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