It was Germany’s ''Sin City''.
But of Hamburg’s aura of hedonistic lifestyle with former sex shows and erotic dances there is nothing left bit a small remnant – the red-light district, Reeperbahn. Modern Hamburg is more an epicenter of show business with its media facilities, modelling agencies and concentration of German millionaires that witness it to be the richest city in European Union.
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Show business made the city accustomed to being part of a big scene – Hamburg – a destination ''with rock and roll instead of blood pulsating in its veins''. This city bred a legend of music ''The Beatles'' who came to build a reputation to Hamburg in the 1960s. The group that would became a juggernaut of world show business, first tasted success here in Hamburg - a city on the Elbe River.
Actually, it occupies land along the river at the confluence of the Alster and Bille that covers approximately 755sqkm of total area. Hamburg is home to 1,769,117 residents otherwise named as "Hamburgers" who are just a bit reserved, but generally open-minded and friendly, especially to tourists. Thus you can ask them even to consult you in brief where to go and what to see in Hamburg. Attractions include;
- City Hall – Rathaus - was built in 1897 in neo-Renaissance style, including a 112m tower
- Deichstrasse, the oldest residential area in the Old Town of Hamburg, dates from the 14th century
- Kunsthalle, the most important art museum in Germany has 3,000 paintings and 400 sculptures
- Reeperbahn, where the hottest spots in town are concentrated
- St.Nicholas' Church, the tallest building in the world in the 19th century
What is now in the city – architecture, skyline and culture – it is all of the "new" Hamburg. The Great Fire of 1842 destroyed the most of that Hamburg and a century later World War II bombing added to the previous hit. A few decades back leading up to World War I, Hamburg was among the world's richest cities. These days, a major port city saw 15,000 ships docking in its harbor and carrying more than 50 million tons of cargo.
It took Hamburg more than a 100 years to catch up to its 19th century prosperity, but today it is again an international city booming with ships and goods for export in the largest of German ports.
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