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When most people think of cities, they picture bustling streets, vibrant markets and endless entertainment. And as Germany's second-largest city, Hamburg features all these urban essentials. But with some 1,400 parks and gardens and over 2,300 bridges (more than Amsterdam and Venice combined) Hamburg mixes rural rejuvenation with metropolitan flair.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
In terms of shipping volume, Hamburg Harbor is the second-largest port in Europe and the ninth-largest on the planet. While you're sure to catch a glimpse of its 500 berths and 33 docks upon arrival, be sure to get a closer look with an exciting barge tour of the world-renowned harbor.
The most popular spectator sport in Germany (and most of Europe) is soccer – known as football to the Europeans. Cheer for Hamburg's team the Hamburger SV at the AOL Arena, where matches for the 2006 World Cup were also hosted.
No, the official dish of Hamburg isn't the hamburger, but many people believe the name "hamburger" did come from this city. Theory has it that hundreds of years ago, a band of warriors from Central Asia carried small slabs of beef under their saddles as they rode. When the custom reached Germany, the Germans ate their meat on a round bun. Then German immigrants, traveling from the port in Hamburg, brought this practice to the United States where it was referred to as "Hamburger Style Beef."
As part of the European Union, Germany's official currency is the Euro (EUR). Credit cards and traveler's checks are also widely accepted.
Learn more about this port city with these tourist information guides.