Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany with a metropolitan population of 1.8 million and hosts the second largest port in Europe after the Port of Rotterdam. The Hamburg Metropolitan region encompasses the Federal States of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein.

5 things you need to know about Hamburg
5 things you need to know about Hamburg

Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany with a metropolitan population of 1.8 million and hosts the second largest port in Europe after the Port of Rotterdam. The Hamburg Metropolitan region encompasses the Federal States of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein.

The city of Hamburg is a tourist friendly city rivaled only by Berlin in Germany. Like all German cities, it has an active night scene that makes it a must visit for those that love living on the fast lane. Below are some of the things you should know about the city before travelling there.

1. Attractions

If you love sightseeing, then Hamburg will not disappoint you. Actually, you will be impressed by how profoundly endowed the city is. Among the most popular tourist attractions include; Reeperbahn night district, Alster River cruises, St. Michaels Church, Tierpack Hagenbeck, Hamburg Rathaus and many more.

2. Language

Like all parts of Germany, the Standard German is the mode of communication in Germany. However, the original language in all parts of northern German is Low German or 'Hamborger Platt'. If you are travelling there, you are well advised to carry along a Low German translation app or book.

3. Cuisines

When in Germany, you must sample local cuisines such as Labskaus which is a mixture of corned beef, mashed potatoes and beetroot. I would a disservice to the city of Hamburg if I do not mention that the American Hamburger originated from Hamburg's Hamburg's Frikadelle: a pan-fried patty, usually larger and thicker than its American counterpart, made from a mixture of ground beef, soaked stale bread, egg, chopped onion, salt and pepper. It is also a local delicacy.

4. Climate

The climate of Hamburg is largely influenced by the Atlantic air masses that gather around the continental Europe. Since Hamburg is as near to the ocean as any city can be, it features an Oceanic climate that is characterized with maritime temperate climate. For those looking for summer activities, the best months to visit are June, July and August while those looking for winter activities would find the months of December, January and February ideal.

5. History

The location of the city was first identified by Claudius Ptolemy in the 2nd century BC and he called it Treva. Another important episode in the city of Hamburg happened in the year 845, when 600 Viking ships sailed up the River Elbe and destroyed the 500-hundred strong village of Hamburg. In 1360, over 70% of the population would be wiped out by the Black Death plague. The city grew rapidly in the 17th century when it received Sephardi Jews from Portugal.

To know more about Hamburg, you will need to visit the city yourself. It is one of the most interesting encounters you will have in your European tours.

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