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HAMBURG suffers from image schizophrenia. To many of its tourists, Germany's second metropolis is simply sin city – a place of prostitutes and strip shows – while in its homeland it is revered as a cosmopolitan, stylish city-state. Either way the cause is the same: through one of the greatest ports in Europe it has sucked in wealth – and probably vice – ever since a canny piece of diplomatic manoeuvring in 1189 led Emperor Friederich I (also known as Emperor Barbarossa) to grant tax-free imports down the Elbe. The good times began to roll in the early Middle Ages and Hamburg was …
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City Hall (Hamburger Rathaus)

Erected in 1897, the impressive, Neo-Renaissance town hall is a symbol of Hamburg's wealth and autonomy. Its 111m-long north facade is dominated by a huge tower decorated with bronze ...

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Fischereihafen Restaurant

Inconspicuously situated between two warehouses and close to the fish market and ferry terminal for boats to England, this establishment, which is run by the Kowalke family, attracts ...