Hamburg is a large city of 1.8 million inhabitants and a major harbour in northern Germany. It lies on the river Elbe at the confluence with the Alster and Bille rivers. Its port is third-largest in Europe and the ninth largest in the world. The city has a vibrant economy, being a media and industrial center and a major transportation hub. Hamburg has an important assembly plant in Finkenwerder for Airbus, the aircraft manufacturer. It dates back to 808 AD, when a fortress was built on rocky terrain between the rivers Alster and Elbe as a defence against Slavic incursions. Its major development started in 1189 when Emperor Frederick I ("Barbarossa") granted Hamburg the status of an Imperial Free City and an exemption from customs duties.

Central Hamburg photo gallery  - 17 pictures of Central Hamburg
Waterfronts photo gallery  - 16 pictures of Waterfronts
St Michaelis Church photo gallery  - 11 pictures of St Michaelis Church
Night views photo gallery  - 17 pictures of Night views
17 photos of central Hamburg, the area around the Binnenalster and Außenalster waterways
16 photos of waterfronts in Hamburg, around the Binnenalster and Außenalster
11 photos of the St Michaelis Lutheran church, built on a hill overlooking the Elbe
17 photos of Hamburg at dusk and at night
Miscellaneous photos photo gallery  - 10 pictures of Miscellaneous photos
Cruise days 2010 photo gallery  - 32 pictures of Cruise days 2010
10 miscellaneous photos of Hamburg
32 photos of the Cruise days 2010 event in Hamburg
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