Hamburg is situated on the river Elbe, about 100 km away from the North Sea. Hamburg is a city surrounded by water: the river, the big harbor – which is the third largest in Europe – the large inner-city lake Alster and its countless channels and bridges contribute to Hamburg’s maritime charm. There is a reason why the city is also named the “Venice of the North” and is said to be one of the most beautiful cities in Germaevening ambiance at the Landungsbruecken. Photo:, C. Spahrbierny. For a first impression of Hamburg you could watch a short film about the city.

With 1.8 million inhabitants, Hamburg is home to many people from different parts of Germany and from many other countries. It is a city full of contrasts. Enjoy its young, modern and friendly way of life in lively and touristic quarters like St. Pauli. Or get a taste of the elegant inner city or of the noble villas on the romantic hillsides of Blankenese.

The city offers you a wide and varied range of cultural highlights such as theaters, museums and Hamburg’s new iconic music hall, the Elbphilharmonie, which is located in the new and architecturally pioneering HafenCity (harbor city).

Tourist informationCouple Planten un Blomen. Photo: about Hamburg and its surroundings is provided by the Hamburg Tourist Offices.

The climate in Hamburg is oceanic. It is influenced by its proximity to the coast and marine air masses that originate over the Atlantic Ocean. Snowfall is rare, generally occurring once or twice a year.

The warmest months in Hamburg are June, July, and August, with high temperatures of 19° to 22° C (68° to 72° F). The coldest are December, January, and February, with low temperatures of -1.4° to 0° C (29° to 32° F).

In the month of May you can expect about 9.6 rainy days, 53.7 mm (2.114 inches) rainfall and average high temperatures of 17° C (63° F).

Universität Hamburg
With about 39,000 students, the Universität Hamburg is one of Germany’s largest University Hamburg, main building. Photo: UHH/Schelluniversities. Approximately 670 of the 4,760 academic staff are full professors. About 110 professors work in the School of Medicine or at the University Clinic Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), about 560 work in the other schools. These are supported by about 6,600 employees working in technical support, libraries, laboratories, health-care and administration. The University is comprised of 150 different buildings throughout the city, although its main campus is located in Von-Melle-Park and the surrounding district
of  Eimsbüttel.