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Hamburg 2017 G20 Leaders’ Summit


Hamburg is more than living up to its reputation as “the gateway to the world”. When it plays host to the 2017 G20 Leaders’ Summit on 7–8 July, the eyes of the world will turn towards the city. The heads of state and government, delegations from the G20 countries and thousands of media persons will all gather in Hamburg for the summit. What’s Up, Germany? takes you on a quick tour of the second-largest city and the biggest port of Germany.


1. Hamburg has more bridges than Venice and Amsterdam combined!

3. The Beatles began their career in Hamburg.

4. This city has more than 40 theatres, 60 museums and 100 music venues.

5. Hamburg’s Miniatur Wunderland is the world’s largest model railway exhibition.

6. In 2011, Hamburg was voted the greenest city of Europe. It has 29 nature reserves!

7. Inaugurated in 1897, the city’s town hall or Rathaus has 647 rooms!

8. Tierpark Hagenbeck was the first zoo in the world that had no barred cages.

9. Hamburg is home to more millionaires and billionaires than any other city in Germany!

10. Nearly 25,000 people work in the renewable energy sector in Hamburg.


Hamburg has a long sea-faring tradition. Situated on the Elbe River in northern Germany, it is a heady mix of wealth, cosmopolitanism and tolerance. Home to people from 180 different nations, Hamburg’s all-encompassing spirit is expressed in the preamble of its constitution: “As an international port the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg has a special task, allocated by its history and location, to perform for the German people. In the spirit of peace it wants to be an intermediary between all continents and peoples of the world.”


One of the most impressive cities in Germany, Hamburg is a popular tourist destination and an economic powerhouse. Thanks to its location and excellent infrastructure, it is a central trading hub in northern Europe and is home to one of the largest container ports in the world. Hamburg is also the third-largest player in the civil aviation industry worldwide. In Germany, it ranks high in the fields of logistics, digital, creative and media services. The city is also a leader in wind power.


Hamburg’s latest and much-awaited landmark is the stunning concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie. Standing tall on the banks of the Elbe River and close to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Speicherstadt (warehouse district), the Elbphilharmonie will provide the backdrop for the 2017 G20 Leaders’ Summit. What better place to address global challenges than in front of an expansive 360-degree panoramic view of the city! It’s all about open views and open minds!

Hamburg 2017 G20 Summit

“I see a world in the future in which we understand that all life is related to us and we treat that life with great humility and respect.”
— David Suzuki, scientist & environmentalist

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