Hamburg is the one major city in Germany that I have yet to visit. It is Germany’s second largest city, situated in the north-western portion of the country. Hamburg is over 1,200 years old and is loved for both its contemporary scene as well as its historical offerings. Hamburg is called “the green city on the water” due to its many spacious lawns and parks that are near the waterfront. The green of Hamburg gives its visitors many opportunities to relax, rest and play. Stadtpark (the city park) is the playing field for the whole city of Hamburg and the Planten un Blomen lets visitors enjoy its old Botanical gardens and tropical greenhouses. The central portion of the city is located on the Elbe River and has Europe’s biggest port, offering its visitors the opportunity to partake in various harbor cruises. The harbor also has 20 old-time ships docked in Neumuehlen in which visitors are allowed to tour each ship’s inside.
In addition to its waterfront and parks, the city has an elegant and cosmopolitan side. Hamburg is a city of lavish office buildings, international museums, extravagant promenades, and up-scale shopping malls. Hamburg is considered to be the most important musical city in the world behind New York and London. The city’s theaters offer something for everyone, ranging from ballets and operas to modern musicals and rock concerts. St. Pauli is area known as the melting pot of Hamburg with its diverse influences in trends and styles. The area was formerly known for its sex shops and prostitutes but, has recently been converted into the number pleasure-mile in Hamburg with tons of clubs, discos, pubs, bars, and cafes. Hamburg is a German city where the work boredom is unknown because it has a tremendous amount of offerings for every person's taste and pleasure.