HAMBURG is the second largest city in Germany (after Berlin). And its port is the second largest port in Europe (after the Rotterdam’s one) and tenth largest worldwide. The harbour is located 110 kilometres from the mouth of the Elbe into the North Sea and it’s almost as old as the city. Founded on 7th May 1189 – (“Hafengeburtstag“, the celebration of the harbour’s birthday, is one of the biggest public events) – by Frederick I for its strategic location, it has enabled Hamburg to develop early into a leading city of trade, to become “the gateway to the world” (as it’s still called) at least for us Europeans.
In German: “Das Tor zur Welt”.