Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany, with a population of over 1.7 million people.
Hamburg is a major port on the river Elbe and a global service, media, logistics and industrial hub, with headquarters and facilities of Airbus, Blohm + Voss, Aurubis, Beiersdorf and Unilever. The radio and television broadcaster NDR, Europe’s largest printing and publishing firm Gruner + Jahr and Spiegel are also based in Hamburg. This shows that Hamburg has been an important financial centre for centuries, and is the seat of Germany’s oldest stock exchange and the world’s second oldest bank, Berenberg Bank. With the EU-LAC Foundation, the International Tribunal fort he Law of the Sea, the UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning, many consular and diplomatic missions and various international conferences like Hamburg Summit, the city is also a factor in world politics and international law.
Hamburg is highly popular as a travel destination for both domestic and international visitors. It is ranked 18th in the world for livability in 2016.
The UNESCO declared the ensemble Speicherstadt and Kontorhausviertel a World Heritage Site in 2015.
Hamburg is a major European science, research and education hub with several universities and institutes. Its creative industries and cultural sites include the Elbphilharmonie and Laeisz concert halls, art venues, music producers and artists. The Hamburger Schule was invented here and paved the way for bands including The Beatles. Hamburg is also known for several theatres and a variety of musical shows. St. Pauli’s Reeperbahn is among the best known European entertainment districts.

Costs of Living

Lunch with drink: 10€
Fast Food Menu: 7€
Rent for a furnished apartment of 45m^2 in a residential area: 735€
Designer Jeans (f.ex. Levi’s): 80€
Summer dress (ZARA, H&M): 40€
Monthly card for public transportation: 72€
Taxi for 8km: 16€
Cinema for 2: 22€
1 Cocktail in a club: 7€
Cappuccino: 2,80€
500ml of beer in a bar: 3,50€
1 month gym membership: 39€


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