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Germany's 16 States: Hamburg

People the world over are talking about the Elbphilharmonie concert hall, Hamburg's new landmark, but there's much more to see in the northern German port city.

Hamburg is a city-state, linked to the North Sea by the Elbe River. A rainy, stiff breeze often blows over the city, but true Hamburg natives and their guests don't let it get them down. From musical theatres and museums to the Sankt Pauli red light district, there's always something to see in the Hanseatic city.

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Hamburg, gateway to the world 

The Elbe is the city's lifeline. When the sun is shining, everything takes place on, beside and even in the water. After taking a tour of the city, Check-in host Lukas Stege recommends watching ships and taking a dip in the Elbe off the sandy beach at Övelgönne.

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Hamburg on the Elbe


Since early 2017, concerts have been taking place in the newest landmark in the  Hamburg's harbor area. In its first year, the Elbphilharmonie  - designed by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron – has already played its way into the league of international tourist attractions.

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Hamburg Fish Market

Despite the early opening time (officially 5 in the morning), there's always something happening at Hamburg's traditional fish market. Whether it's a basket of fruit, fresh eel or tropical flowers, everyone finds something at the riverside – and in the market hall, there's dancing into the wee small hours of the morning. 

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Köhlbrand Bridge

This cable-stayed bridge in front of Hamburg's skyline is only something for those who have no fear of heights. 50 meters over the southern arm of the Elbe, the distinctive structure spans the port. Built in 1974, it soon became a city landmark. How long it will remain standing is unclear: because many container ships can no longer pass under it, it's set to be replaced by 2030 at the latest. 

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The Miniatur-Wunderland in Hamburg's former warehouse district is the world's largest model railway complex. 1040 locomotives pull some 10,000 carriages over more than 15 kilometers of tracks, lined by thousands of houses, 263,000 figurines, 9250 vehicles and an incredible 13,000 tiny trees.

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