Hamburg - the pearl of the North
Hamburg's absolute cult song is sung by the German musician Lotto King Karl and contains the following lyrics: "Hamburg meine Perle, du wunderschöne Stadt. Du bist mein Zuhaus, du bist mein Leben. Du bist die Stadt auf die ich kann." (Hamburg, my pearl, you beautiful city. You are my home, you are my life. You are the city where I can do everything).
There's something about Hamburg. Maybe it's the maritime flair of the city in the North of Germany. Every day, lots of tourists mill through the area between the Alster and Elbe rivers. Germany's second-largest city has 1.8 million inhabitants, and every year around 80,000 people make this northern German city their new home.
Photos: Karin Rose
But maybe it's also the contrasts in Hamburg that fascinate those who live and visit there. These range from the Stadtpark (city park) to the Fischmarkt (fish market) and from the neighbourhoods of St. Pauli to Blankenese. The city has a lot to offer, from the Elbe and Alster rivers to St. Michaelis' Church (nicknamed "Michel"), HafenCity, the harbour promenade at Landungsbrücken, the Fischmarkt, the Speicherstadt or old warehouse district and of course the Reeperbahn. Hamburg is dynamic, young and modern, but also proud of its traditions and Hanseatic heritage.
That is something which the students at HSBA also appreciate. In an unrivalled location just three minutes' walk from the Rathaus or city hall, our students can study directly in the heart of this vibrant city. They can spend their lunch breaks on the banks of the Alster and in the city. There is nowhere better to enjoy the nicest side of Hamburg. Hamburg is simply enchanting.
Hamburg – the gateway to the world
The greeting "Moin, Moin" is an integral part of life in Hamburg. The city is known for its cosmopolitan nature. It is Germany's largest seaport and is a transport hub for shipping and home to many large logistics firms. Ships from all over the world dock at Hamburg's port, and the port's birthday is celebrated every year with the Hafengeburtstag funfair. The backdrop to the port is unique, particularly in the evening light.
Just beside the port lies St. Pauli, probably the best-known district in Hamburg. By day, the Reeperbahn is one of the city's less attractive streets, but in the evening it transforms into a magnet for a motley crew of people who want to party. The German actor and singer Hans Albers sang: "... ob du'n Mädel hast oder hast kein's, amüsierst du dich, denn das findet sich auf der Reeperbahn nachts um halb eins." (whether or not you have a girl, you will have fun, because you can find one on the Reeperbahn at half past midnight).
Hamburg is green. Around 60% of the city area is actually taken up by parks and green spaces. The banks of the Alster is a meeting point for those who like to sail or jog, while the banks of the Elbe provide the perfect setting for long strolls, and the Stadtpark or city park is where all of Hamburg converges in the summertime for picnics.
You can also enjoy an Astra beer in the up-and-coming Schanze neighbourhood, a café au lait in HafenCity or champagne in Blankenese. It is not without reason that Hamburg is repeatedly cited as one the best cities to live in and the home of many celebrities. Chefs and musicians in particular seem to like the city: Udo Lindenberg, Fettes Brot, Christian Rach and Tim Mälzer are all at home in Hamburg.
Most of HSBA's participating companies are located in and around Hamburg. While a lot of time has to be dedicated to the challenging courses at HSBA, students can spend their free time and weekends enjoying the perfect setting in which to experience Hamburg's very special flair.
A good overview of what is going on in the city gives you the following website: www.hamburg-travel.com.
The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is a metropolis that is continuously growing. The first point of contact for all new residents from other parts of Germany or from abroad is the Hamburg Welcome Center, which provides free advice in relation to accommodation, studying in the city, culture and leisure activities.
Finding a place to live
The following internet sites are a good place to start looking for a place to live: