Hamburg –Gateway to the World

In 2014, Hamburg will host the Welcome Clubs International Biennial Conference in its metropolitan city.

Situated at the intersection of global and European lines of trade, its ports have a tradition of overseas trade. Ever since its ports were established more than 1,000 years ago, Hamburg has continued to grow and evolve. It is the centre of Germany’s north and comprises the Hanseatic city of Hamburg and its 14 adjoining district states of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein, with a total population of 4.5 million. It is Germany’s second largest city and prides itself on its use of technology, talent and tolerance as its base for its urban development plan. Innovative projects and industries, a multiplicity of art and cultural centres as well as its title as the most economically successful German Federal state and one of its greenest, all help to push Hamburg to the forefront. The city’s motto is ‘The Growing City’.

One of the world’s major ports, Hamburg is the seat of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, home to Nivea and Mont Blanc, an Airbus production site, and the birthplace of German Federal Chancellors Angela Merkel and Helmut Schmidt, just to cite a few. When this trade city joined the mercantile Hanseatic League in the 14th century, it became the economic centre of the North and Baltic Sea region. Hamburg sits in the middle of Europe. Berlin is a 90-minute train ride away and some 200 flights leave Hamburg’s airport every day bringing the world within easy reach. European cities such as Copenhagen, Brussels, London, Paris, Prague, Stockholm and St. Petersburg are approximately an hour away by plane.

Hamburg is also the German capital of trade relations with Asia, with the presence of more than 400 companies from China, over 100 from Japan, 50 from Taiwan and 40 from Hong Kong. More than 300 million containers to or from China are handled annually and the segment continues to grow. Some 250,000 people from 185 countries have chosen Hamburg as their home and work between the Alster and the Elbe, Hamburg’s 2 largest rivers. More than 100 diplomatic representatives have posts here.

As one of the most attractive business locations in Northern Europe for German and foreign companies alike, Hamburg has more than 120,000 enterprises registered at the local Chamber of Commerce. Hamburg’s largest sector is services with information and communications leading the sector, followed by industry. A number of innovative growth industries are represented here, with Maritime industries closely interwoven with logistics playing an important and historic role. Shipbuilding, engine construction, engineering and the building sector are all an integral part of this sector. Life sciences, the aviation industry, media and I.T, renewable industries, and trade with Asia play a key role in an ever expanding economy.

Not to be overlooked, Hamburg is one of Europe’s greenest cities and has been awarded the title of European Green Capital 2011. With the more than 1.7 inhabitants, there are more trees here than people, making it a most pleasant place to live. Initiatives passed by Parliament promote the development of renewable energies as well as green technologies and it remains the focus of further development. Whether you prefer natural, green forests and spaces or contemporary architecture, Hamburg possesses it all. With easy access by rail or bus, the many waterways and lakes, parks and 104 districts are easily accessible.

With so much to see and offer, this historical as well as innovative city has something for every taste and interest.

We warmly welcome the Welcome Clubs International community to our city May 18th – 23rd 2014 to enjoy our hospitality, our city sites.

The city of Hamburg welcomes you!

Kim Reidel, Club President

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