A lovely pedestrian trail takes in the old 19th-century Warehouse District, with its continuous lines of tall brick buildings once used to store tobacco, coffee, dried fruit, and spices.

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The Port of Hamburg, the Hamburger Hafen, encompassing 100 square kilometers of tidal harbor, is known as the Gateway to Germany.

It's also where you'll find many of the city's important attractions - and on summer evenings and weekends plenty of local residents relaxing.

Hamburg, the largest city in Germany after Berlin, lies at the head of the long funnel-shaped estuary of the River Elbe.

Its location makes it an important link between the sea and Germany's network of inland waterways and numerous islands.

Its base is a six-story brick, former cocoa, tea, and tobacco warehouse above which rise an additional twenty stories of curved, shining glass.

The largest of its three concert halls seats 2,150 and is tuned with 10,000 plates specially designed to tune sound waves.

The Hanseatic League was a medieval association of independent port cities and merchants along the Baltic and north Atlantic from the 11th to the 18th centuries, and even into the 19th century.

Its distinct architecture is found throughout Baltic Germany.

Built on a truly massive scale, it covers 1,490 square meters, with more planned (it will be double this size when completed).