Hamburg is one of the most populous cities in Germany, with a population of over 1.8 million people. It is located on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea and has been an important port for centuries. Hamburg has become a major economic center for northern Europe, and its economy relies heavily on tourism and trade. The city is known for its diverse culture, art scene, and nightlife—all factors that make it an ideal place to live as an expat or international student.
There are many popular neighborhoods in Hamburg to choose from. the Altona district has been around since the 19th century and is close to the harbor; St Pauli is famous for its nightlife scene; Eimsbüttel offers reasonably priced apartments that are still close enough to public transit options; Ottensen has lots of cafes and shops along with great transportation links.
In addition to its many museums, Hamburg is known for its parks and gardens. The city has a number of botanical gardens that are open to the public, including the Botanical Garden at Planten un Blomen and Becky's Park.
A year-round festival called Tollwood takes place in Hamburg during the summer months. It features music concerts, dance performances, amusement rides and games. During this time there are also street festivals held around town as well as local celebrations such as St. Pauli's annual street festival Oktoberfest with live music and plenty of food stands serving traditional German dishes like bratwurst sausage (pork), potato salad or sauerkraut (cabbage).
Hamburg has a thriving economy based on manufacturing; shipping; banking; tourism; health care services; research institutions including university hospitals along with several internationally renowned research facilities such as those belonging to Airbus Group SE ("Airbus").