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The "Free and Hanseatic City" of Hamburg is Germany's second-largest metropolis with one of Europe's biggest ports. Since the Middle Ages Hamburg has been an important centre of commerce, part of an inter-city-network called Hanse. Privileges regarding commerce, taxes and politics guaranteed its wealth and independence. Even today Hamburg boasts high living standards, a cosmopolitan lifestyle and magnificent architecture.
One of the major sights of Hamburg is its harbour. On a round trip one can see the old parts as well as a thriving modern port. The medieval 'Speicherstadt' offers insights into ancient trading routines.
The history of St. Pauli was shaped by maritime trade. Once a no man's land between the cities of Hamburg and Altona, hordes of sailors looking for excitement changed the face of the district. Famous Reeperbahn offered all sorts of amusements - women and gambling mainly. Today, machines have reduced the number of sailors but not the number of joints offering seedy amusements. Tourists, inhabitants and students from the renowned university alike populate the Reeperbahn.
Other famous attractions are baroque church St. Michaelis dubbed 'Michel', the city hall, the old botanic garden and Deichstra▀e, one of the few streets featuring traditional half timbered houses.
Since 1968 Hamburg's TV tower bears witness to the progress in telecommunication history and offers a great view over all of Hamburg into the bargain.
Obviously, shopping is always an alternative in this city of trading. If you are interested in culinary highlights the lively Fish market is well worth a visit.