G20 Summit 2017 Hamburg About the City
Hamburg is an excellent choice and ideal venue to host the G20 Summit. Germany's second-largest city is home to one of the busiest European ports — located in the heart of the city — and has been maintaining trade relations with countries from all over the world for centuries.
The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is one of Germany's 16 federal states: its status as a city-state has been retained for over 800 years. More than 5 million people live in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region; the city itself has roughly 1.8 million inhabitants.
With the highest per-capita gross national product of all German federal states, Hamburg can rightly be called an economic powerhouse. In comparison to other European urban areas, the Hamburg Metropolitan Region ranks fourth in economic performance — after London, Luxembourg and Brussels.
Over the last decades, many international residents and companies have settled in Hamburg: one of the reasons for the city's cosmopolitan and open-minded reputation. The G20 events will take place in St. Pauli, one of Hamburg's most popular districts. Everything you might want to see can be reached by foot or public transportation easily.
Besides the Elbe river that connects the port with the North Sea, the Alster Lakes are much loved by residents and visitors for watersports like sailing and rowing, while its shores provide lush green areas — perfect for walking, relaxing and barbecuing.
With an outstanding mixture of historic and modern architecture, Hamburg is one of the most charming cities in Germany. More than six million visitors a year make Hamburg one of Germany's most popular travel destinations.