Hamburg’s centrally located harbor dates back to the Middle Ages and is a major economic center linking the North and Baltic Seas. Today the city is also Germany’s capital of musical theater.
Hamburg's proximity to water was crucial to its development. The city has some 2,500 bridges. The port is the largest in Germany. A highlight of harbor tours is the historical Speicherstadt warehouse district, which is full of listed buildings from the 19th century and continues to store goods from around the globe. Visitors can also sample tea and coffee here. Among Hamburg's other attractions are the Binnenalster lake in the downtown area.