Fun Facts Hamburg

Most Interesting Fun Facts About Hamburg

In the city famous for its busy port you’re never far from the waterfront, 61km¬≤ of the Hamburg area is actually water. In Hamburg you will only need to learn one word for the greetings, “Moin”, forget about “Guten Tag”, “Guten Abend” and other German greetings. Keep reading and discover more interesting fun facts about Hamburg.

#1 Hamburg has more bridges than Venice, Amsterdam and London together

There are around 2,500 bridges in Hamburg, quite impressive! Bridges you need to visit when in Hamburg: K√∂hlbrandbr√ľcke, √úberseebr√ľcke, Brooksbr√ľcke, Poggenm√ľhlenbr√ľcke, and Feenteichbr√ľcke.

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#2 John Lennon: ‚ÄúI was born in Liverpool but raised in Hamburg.‚ÄĚ

Did you know that the Beatles actually began their music career in Hamburg? This iconic band played approximately 270 shows in Hamburg from 1960 to 1962, that’s how they improved their skills and developed their unique sound.

#3 Port of Hamburg is almost as big as Copenhagen

Copenhagen stretches over 88km² and the harbor of Hamburg alone is 74km² big.

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#4 The biggest model railway of the world is in Hamburg

At the Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg you can not only explore the biggest model railway of the world but also a miniature version of the entire world! You can explore Italy, the Alps, Scandinavia and many more place in one day.

#5 Every ship receives a special greeting when it comes into port

Downriver from Hamburg you can find the ‚ÄúWillkomm-H√∂ft‚ÄĚ (‚Äúwelcome point‚ÄĚ) which welcomes and says goodbye to every ship coming in and out of Hamburg port. Ships are welcomed with the national anthem of their country.

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#6 Hamburg has the oldest Opera House in Germany

Hamburg’s Opera House was opened back in¬†1678¬†and it’s still working and hosting many famous artists and plays. Over the years it has hosted famous artists such as George Frederick Handel, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Pavarotti and Pl√°cido Domingo.

Fun Facts Hamburg: FAQs

What is the significance of the Port of Hamburg?

The Port of Hamburg, also known as Germany's "Gateway to the World," is the largest port in the country and one of the busiest in the world. It covers 74 square kilometers and facilitates trade between Europe and the rest of the world.

What unique architectural structures is Hamburg known for?

One of Hamburg's most notable architectural structures is the Elbphilharmonie, a concert hall renowned for its modern design and acoustics. The city is also known for its unique warehouse district, Speicherstadt, which is the largest warehouse district in the world where buildings stand on timber-pile foundations.

Is Hamburg known for any specific type of music?

Hamburg is known for its vibrant music scene and is especially linked with the early days of The Beatles, who performed in various clubs around the Reeperbahn in St. Pauli before they were internationally famous.

What is the Reeperbahn?

The Reeperbahn is Hamburg's famous red-light district, known for its nightlife and entertainment. It's also home to various music clubs, theaters, and bars and is the location of the annual Reeperbahn Festival, a major event for the music industry.

What are some traditional dishes from Hamburg?

Hamburg is known for its seafood dishes, notably "Finkenwerder Scholle," a dish made with Plaice, and "Labskaus," a sailor's dish with corned beef, potatoes, and herring.

What's the importance of the Alster Lakes in Hamburg?

The Alster Lakes, consisting of the Inner Alster and Outer Alster, are significant landmarks in Hamburg. They're popular for recreational activities like sailing, rowing, and jogging around their banks. Many high-end residential areas, shops, and hotels are located around the Alster.

What is Miniatur Wunderland?

Miniatur Wunderland is one of Hamburg's most popular tourist attractions. It's the largest model railway system in the world, featuring intricately designed landscapes and landmarks from various countries.

What role does Hamburg play in the media and publishing industry?

Hamburg is a major international media hub. It's home to several national newspapers, television and radio stations, and hosts a significant number of publishing houses.

Is Hamburg environmentally friendly?

Hamburg has been consistently ranked as one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world. The city's commitment to sustainable development is seen in its extensive parkland, green energy projects, and comprehensive public transportation system.

Are there any famous personalities associated with Hamburg?

Hamburg is the birthplace of several well-known personalities including former German Chancellor Angela Merkel, fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, and poet Heinrich Heine.

Looking for a family hotel in Hamburg? Our hotel is located near the city center which gives our guests easy access to explore Hamburg.

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