HAMBURGHamburg has many faces: a Hanseatic center of trade and industry, harbor city, media metropolis, university city, arts center, shopping paradise and leisure capital. With its 1.7 million inhabitants Hamburg is the largest city in Germany, after Berlin. It owes its international significance above all to its port and the associated trading links around the world. The city itself is over one thousand years old, with the harbor celebrating its 800th anniversary in 1989.
Many German companies and numerous foreign corporations are based in Hamburg, making the city the leading center for foreign trade in the Federal Republic of Germany. Hamburg has a broad spectrum of industries ranging from aerospace, electrical engineering to food, drink, coffee and tea trading. The banking and insurance sectors are also significant. Furthermore, Hamburg is Germany's media capital with the press, TV, radio, news media, PR and advertising heavily represented.
Hamburg's international importance is underlined by its large number of diplomatic representations. No other city in the world, apart from New York, has more consulates than the city on the Elbe River.
Culturally, Hamburg has a wide range of attractions with theaters, the State Opera House, many museums and art galleries offering a constantly changing program of international standing. For inhabitants and visitors to Hamburg, the center of the city is particularly attractive with its new shopping arcades and malls tempting people to stroll through the shops.
Hamburg also offers an exceptionally high quality of recreational life with the River Elbe and the Alster Lake, many spacious parks and numerous excursion possibilities into the surrounding region.
CONGRESS VENUEThe scientific program will take place at the University of Hamburg in the Department of Chemistry, which is located minutes from downtown Hamburg. It is easily accessible from the Hamburg Airport and the Central Railway Station, by taxi or well-developed metro systems (U-Bahn, S-Bahn).
CLIMATEThe mild and temperate climate in Hamburg is due to its proximity to the North Sea and the influence of the Gulf Stream. By the end of August the average temperature during the day is about 20ø C. Nevertheless, it is advisable to bring a coat since showers and cold spells occasionally occur.
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