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Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city next to Berlin. It is laid out in northern Germany positioned at the eastern bank of the Elbe, 68 miles from the North Sea and is bisected by the Alster River, which is dammed to form a lake. The heart of Hamburg is built around the Alster, a small stream cutting southward across the Elbe. The damming of the stream constructed the most original feature of Hamburg’s metropolitan landscape. Hamburg’s economic value is its seaport, which ranks among the largest and busiest in the European continent.
The city originated in the 9th century as a Carolingian religious and military outpost against the heathen Saxons, Scandinavians, and Slavs. Hamburg took desirability of its location at the western end of trade routes linking the Baltic with the North Sea across the base of the Schleswig-Holstein peninsula to develop into one of the premium trading ports in Europe and even in the world. The metropolitan’s harbor is the busiest in Germany. The city’s economic life is centered here in the varied maritime traffic it operates, in its own shipping line, and its immense complex of shipbuilding firms and yards.
The city hall of Hamburg, a 19th-century structure built in “Renaissance” style, seen from the Alster waterway, serves as one of the remarkable architecture in Germany. With Hamburg’s beauty intertwined with economic prosperity, tourists and visitors are treated with many things in their vacation.