Hamburg is Germany’s biggest and busiest deep water port and harbor and one of its oldest and largest cities. Its importance as a port city also gives it a deep history, reflected in its culture and its architecture. It is also the most expensive German city to live in, and one of the few cities in this country without the vibe of a laid back town. This is a proper city, traffic and all, and everybody falls in love with it. The Gateway to the World, as it is called, lies along the Elbe and has plenty for travelers to explore. Here are some photos that show the beauty of this incredible city. ALSO READ: These splendid photos of Germany are giving us serious travel goals! Also Read - Larsen & Toubro lnfotech to acquire Germany's Nielsen+Partner for EUR 28 mn

Alsterarkaden on Lake Kleine Alster in Hamburg, a view of historic Hamburg town hall

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Beautiful view of the famous Hamburger Landungsbruecken with harbor and traditional paddle steamer on Elbe river, St. Pauli district

Beautiful view of famous Hamburger Landungsbruecken with harbor and traditional paddle steamer on Elbe river, St. Pauli district, Hamburg Also Read - German, 20, confesses to massive data hack spurred by 'annoyance'

Another view of Hamburg city center with town hall and Alster River

Beautiful view of Hamburg city center with town hall and Alster river, Germany



A Beer bike on the streets of Hamburg

Beer bike on the streets of Hamburg

An aerial view of historic Hamburg city hall

Hamburg city hall, Germany

The Hamburg Kunsthalle art museum

Hamburg Kunsthalle art museum

Inside the Hamburg Rathaus (city hall) in the Altstadt (old city)

Hamburg Rathaus (city hall) in the Altstadt (old city)

A view of the harbor city with St Michaelis Church and Elbe Philharmonic Hall

Hamburg view at harbour city with St Michaelis Church and Elbe Philharmonic Hall

The Popular Water Castle in Hamburg’s warehouse district

Hamburg, Germany - Popular Water Castle in the warehouse district

Hamburg’s landing bridges and views of the harbor with shipyard

Hamburg, landing bridges and views of Harbour scene with shipyard

The historic Christmas market on Rathausmarkt in downtown Hamburg, Germany; woodcarvers, gingerbread bakers, ceramics artists, silversmiths and many others welcome you

Historic Christmas market on Rathausmarkt in downtown Hamburg, Germany in the evening. Woodcarvers, gingerbread bakers, ceramics artists, silversmiths and many others welcome you

The view from the Michelin Tower of the old town part of Hamburg

Overlook from the Michelin Tower to the old town part of Hamburg

Panoramic view of the lake and the center of Hamburg

Panoramic view of the lake and the center of Hamburg

View of the St. Pauli Piers (German St. Pauli Landungsbrucken), one of Hamburg’s major tourist attractions

View of the St. Pauli Piers (German St. Pauli Landungsbrucken) one of Hamburg's major tourist attractions

Hamburg’s charm has earned it a spot in the top 10 cities to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet. Its maritime legacy dates back to the Middle Ages, when it became part of the Hanseatic League and a key port for international trade in the 19th and 20th centuries. It is, in fact, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and even today one of the wealthiest German cities. NOW READ: Gorgeous Germany Photos Will Tempt You to Start Planning Your Euro Trip

Hamburg’s cosmopolitan, multicultural soul has evolved over centuries of maritime trade. Here, you can find high-class neighborhoods with the best shops and eateries and live EDM performances at the harbor side. It invites and tempts you, and doesn’t let you rest until you’ve seen everything.