Train station of Hamburg
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Hamburg, Germany is where the word “hamburger” originated. To be precise, the port of Hamburg. But more than this invaluable contribution to the fastfood industry, Hamburg is a destination in Germany that is favored by many tourists from all over the world for its busy but beautiful cultural scene.

A noteworthy facet of Hamburg history is its architecture. Although the city does not have as many skyscrapers compared to other German cities, St. Nicholas’ Church in Hamburg is an indispensable part of the city’s rich history, as it used to be the world’s tallest building way back in the 19th century. There are also several other churches in Hamburg that are of signifance to the city’s architectural majesty such as the town hall, the Chilehaus, and St. Michaelis Church. Parks have also added the much-needed green in the city. One of these many parks is the Stadtpark, which boasts of an enormous water tower and is dubbed to be the city’s counterpart to the United States’ Central Park.

The culture in Hamburg is one that is deeply inclined to theater, music, as well as the arts. Some of the more popular theaters in the city are the Thalia Theater and the Deutsches Schauspielhaus that have also earned a reputation in other foreign countries. The music scene of the city is very diverse, with orchestras, musicals, and other modern music genres ruling the city. Of course, one can always catch a musical in Hamburg as there are regular staging of various musicals.

Just like it’s neighboring cities, Hamburg is proud of its museums and art galleries that house some of the country’s most relevant pieces of classical and modern art. Some of the museums that are frequented by visitors are the Kunsthalle Hamburg, the Museum for Art and Industry, and the Deichtorhallen/House of Photography.

Apart from these stunning structures of architectural splendor and cultural richness, Hamburg is also a city that knows how to have fun. Street festivals such as the Christoper Street Day, which is all about gay pride, is a regularly staged festival that’s all about being proud and having fun. There are other festivals and events that have attracted visitors all over such as the Hafengeburtstag, a festival honoring the birthday of Hamburg port, the December Christmas markets, and a music and art festival called Dockville.

Hamburg is indeed a city of culture and celebration.

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