Hamburg is the most important port of northern Germany. It is home to 1.85 million people and the second largest German city. The seaport ranks among the busiest in the world and: the quality of life in Hamburg is one of the highest. Berlin is only a 284.4 km drive from Hamburg.
The city centre is around Binnenalster ("Inner Alster") and Außenalster ("Outer Alster"), both formed by damming the River Alster to create lakes. Famous Jungfernstieg Boulevard connects New Town with Old Town where you also find St. Michael’s Church dating from the 18th century: the church tower offers one the finest views of the city. The city is also known for Reeperbahn in St. Pauli, Speicherstadt (Warehouse district), Elbphilharmonie and the Fish Market. And: the people of Hamburg are known for their special kind of humour.
Hundreds of canals crisscross the city of Hamburg (Fleet).