Ladies lunch at the Hamburg Representative Office

State Councillor Wolfgang Schmidt has invited us to a lunch at the Representation of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg on 18 October 2013. He also introduced the second largest city in Germany (1.75 inhabitants) to us. Togehther with the urban catchments of Schleswig- Holstein and Lower Saxony it constitutes a metropolitan region where five million people live and work. The harbour known as the "gateway to the world" is a platform for global trade and connects the city to all continents.The cosmopolitan life style also becomes manifest in the existing network of international contacts which the Senat of Hamburg promotes with its political guidelines. Therefore the consular contacts are of particular interest. After New York and Hongkong, Hamburg is the third largest location for consular missions worldwide.

On economic-political grounds, Hamburg focusses on growth sectors like aviation industries, port and logistics, IT and media, life science and nanotechnology. Numerous universities and scientific institutes are working in Hamburg on solutions for future challenges. Europe`s largest and most exiting project of urban development will be built here: The "Harbour City" in Hamburg, which will increase the inner city center by 40%. In the most central downtown area, one of the most beautiful building grounds for investments in the 21st century will come into being and this is also where the new town`s landmark will be built: the Elb- Philharmonics.

Hamburg is a green metropolis and was Europe`s ecological capital in 2011. The reason is obvious: The river, the "Alster", flows directly through the heart of the town as do the canals through the entire inner city along with its numerous parks and green areas. Hamburg has 60 theaters and museums each, an opera house and a variety of touristic features, the most famous of which is the towns landmark, the "Michel", Hamburgs main church, the St. Michaelis church.