Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany with 1.7 million inhabitants and the metropolitan region consists of 3.5 million people.
The municipal area with its 755 km2 is seven times the size of Paris and 2 ˝ times that of London. For this very reason Hamburg presents an exceptionally high standard of living and housing.
With 30 m2 living space per person, Hamburg enjoys the largest average personal living space of all big cities in the world. In fact, 14% of the city is made up of green and recreation areas.
Hamburg boasts 2302 bridges, more than the total of all bridges that Venice and Amsterdam have to offer. With more than 90 consulates, Hamburg ranks only second to New York as the city with the most consulates in the world.
Hamburg is the cultural centre of north Germany.
Culturally Hamburg offers anything and everything starting at the Great Hall of Art and the State Opera, and continuing on to the music clubs on the Reeperbahn.
There are 31 theaters in Hamburg, 6 musical performing halls, 10 cabarets as well as 50 public and private museums and 4000 restaurants to choose from.
The banks of the Elbe and the Alster Rivers readily invite you to promenade along their shores to your heart's desire. Harbor sight-seeing boat trips are more than impressive and let you enjoy a view of the panorama from a very special vantage point.
There's a grand lake right in the heart of the city center, the Alster. At the very end of a sight-seeing boat trip on the Alster, you are actually in the center of town, where you may shop to you heart's content or take a much needed rest in a street-side café. You may go anywhere you like, very fast, for a small charge, if you hop on to any of the modern subway trains or the metro busses waiting there for you.
Hamburg is the City of Education
There are 11 universities and 64,000 students in Hamburg. The Hamburg universities offer a total of 41 international courses of study. The International Center for Graduate Studies as well as the NIT (Northern Institute of Technology) have been exceptionally established for graduate students from all over the world.