11 Feb 2015 | From Kay of Germany
Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and the ninth largest city in the European Union. The official name reflects its history as a member of the medieval Hanseatic League, as a free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire, a city-state, and one of the 16 states of Germany.
Hamburg is a major transport hub and is one of the most affluent cities in Europe. The port of Hamburg, on the river Elbe, is the second largest port in Europe (after the Port of Rotterdam) and tenth largest worldwide. The city is a notable tourist destination for both domestic and overseas visitors. It has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World. Hamburg is proud of its status as a "Free and Hanseatic City" and thus shares the same status as a province, making up one of Germany's 16 federal-states or Bundesländer.
Points of interest and landmarks in Hamburg includes Miniatur Wunderland, Aussenalster, The Town Hall, Church of St. Michael, Warehouse District, Alter Elbtunnel, Treppenviertel, Jungfernstieg, Harbor Piers, Rathausmarkt, Binnenalster, Ohlsdorf Cemetery, HafenCity, Imtech-Arena, St Nikolai Memorial, Millerntorstadion, St. Petri Kirche, Portugiesenviertel, The Schanzenviertel, Deichstrasse, Chile House, Leuchtturm Neuwerk, and Moenckebergstrasse Shopping among others.