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Hamburg, in German officially called Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg (Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg), is a city-state in northern Germany and the country's second largest city. The port city is located on the southern end of the Jutland Peninsula, directly between continental Central Europe to her south, Scandinavia to her north, the North Sea to her west, and the Baltic Sea to her east. Hamburg borders the German states of Schleswig-Holstein to the north and Lower Saxony to the south.

The Elbe river flows through the Port of Hamburg, which is the third-largest port in Europe. With a population of approximately 1.8 million people, it is the second-largest city in Germany and eighth largest city in the European Union. Hamburg has a total area of 755 km2 (292 sq mi).

Hamburg was an independent and sovereign state of the German Confederation (1815–66), a city-state the North German Confederation (1866–71), the German Empire (1871–1918) and during the period of the Weimar Republic (1919–33). In Nazi Germany Hamburg was a Gau from 1934 until 1945. After the Second World War, Hamburg was in the British Zone of Occupation and became a state of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1949.

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Right: The neo-Gothic church. Left: the spire that survived.

The Gothic Revival St. Nikolai's Church (German: St.-Nikolai-Kirche) was formerly one of the five Lutheran Hauptkirchen (main churches) in the city of Hamburg. It is now in ruins, serving as a memorial and an important architectural landmark. When Hamburgers mention the "Nikolaikirche", it is generally to this church that is referred, and not the new Hauptkirche of St. Nikolai which is located in the Harvestehude district.

The church was the tallest building in the world from 1874 to 1876 and is still the second tallest building in Hamburg.

The current condition of the Nikolaikirche is the result of air raids during World War II (see Bombing of Hamburg in World War II), continuing demolition in 1951 and restoration work in the 1990s. The Rettet die Nikolaikirche e.V. (Save the Nikolai church) foundation is responsible for the restoration of the church. The foundation is supported in its work by the city of Hamburg, the congregation of St. Nikolai's Church and various corporate sponsors and private contributors. The organization is charged with maintaining the building's existing structure, restoration, arranging events and displays in the church, and operating an informational center housed in the church's crypt.

Hamburg Topics

Architecture: Castles | Churches: Hauptkirchen: St. Catherine | St. James | St. Michael | St. Nicholas | St. Peter | other churches | Bridges and tunnels: Köhlbrand Bridge | Lombardsbrücke | other bridges | Old Elbe Tunnel | New Elbe Tunnel | Other Building: City Hall | Chilehaus | Elbphilharmonie | Heinrich Hertz Tower | Laeiszhalle | Speicherstadt | Architects: Martin Haller | Christian Frederik Hansen | Fritz Höger | Werner Kallmorgen | Cäsar Pinnau | Fritz Schumacher | Gottfried Semper | Ernst Georg Sonnin | Hadi Teherani | Gerkan, Marg and Partners
Culture: Museums | theatres (list) | Composers: Georg Philipp Telemann | Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach | Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy | Johannes Brahms | Writers: Wolfgang Borchert | Gorch Fock | Hans Henny Jahnn | Hans Leip | Gotthold Ephraim Lessing | Siegfried Lenz | Arno Schmidt
Education: Higher Education: University of Hamburg | Hamburg University of Technology | HafenCity University Hamburg | Helmut Schmidt University (University of the German Armed Forces) | Hamburg University of Applied Sciences | Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg | University of Fine Arts of Hamburg | Public schools: Christianeum Hamburg | Gelehrtenschule des Johanneums | others: Military Academy of the German Armed Forces
Geography: Areas: Altes Land | Harburg Hills | Hamburg Wadden Sea National Park | Rivers: Alster | Bille | Elbe | Lakes: Binnenalster | Außenalster | Öjendorfer See | Timmermoor | Streets: Hafenstraße | Landungsbrücken | Reeperbahn | Subdivisions
History: Old Saxony | Hanseatic League | Lower Saxon Circle | Bouches-de-l'Elbe | Accession to the German Customs Union (Zollverein) | Gau Hamburg
Economy: Companies: Airbus | Aurubis | Beiersdorf | Berenberg Bank | Blohm + Voss | Carl Kühne | DEA AG | Donner & Reuschel | Edeka | Eppendorf AG | Evotec | Fielmann | Hamburger Sparkasse | Hamburg Messe und Congress | Hamburg Süd | HanseMerkur | Hapag-Lloyd | HHLA | Holsten Brewery | J.J. Sietas | Jungheinrich | Körber | Lufthansa Technik | M.M.Warburg & CO | Montblanc | Nordex | Reemtsma | Senvion | Signal Iduna | Steinway & Sons | Still | Tchibo | Techniker Krankenkasse | VTG | XING | Persons: Albert Ballin | Guenther Fielmann | Michael and Wolfgang Herz | Klaus-Michael Kühne | Michael Otto
Media: Carlsen Verlag | Der Spiegel | Die Zeit | Gruner + Jahr | Hamburger Abendblatt | Hoffmann und Campe | Norddeutscher Rundfunk | Rowohlt Verlag | Stern | Persons: Rudolf Augstein | Gerd Bucerius | Marion Dönhoff | Ernst Rowohlt | Axel Springer
Politics: Elections in Hamburg | Government: Coat of arms | Constitution | Flag | Police | Persons: Max Brauer | Simon of Utrecht | Olaf Scholz | Karl Schiller | Helmut Schmidt | Herbert Wehner
Religion: Lutheran | Portuguese Jews | Roman Catholic | Persons: Ansgar | Johann Melchior Goeze | Maria Jepsen | Johann Gerhard Oncken
Sister Cities: Chicago | Daressalam | Dresden | León | Marseille | Osaka | Prag | Sankt Petersburg | Shanghai
Sport: Events: Deutsches Derby | Fährhofer Stutenpreis | Hamburg Marathon | Hamburger Stutenpreis | International German Open | Vattenfall Cyclassics
Venues: Alsterdorfer Sporthalle | Am Rothenbaum | Color Line Arena | EVendi Arena | Volksparkstadion | Horner Rennbahn | Millerntor-Stadion | Sportplatz at Rothenbaum | Trabrennbahn Bahrenfeld
Clubs: Altonaer FC von 1893 | ASV Bergedorf 85Der Hamburger und Germania Ruder Club | Eimsbütteler TV | Hamburg Blue Angels | Hamburg Blue Devils | Hamburg Freezers | Hamburg SV | Hamburg Sea Devils | Hamburger Segel-ClubHSV Barmbek-Uhlenhorst | HSV Handball | FC Association 1893 Hamburg | FC Eintracht Altona | FC St. Georg | Norddeutscher Regatta Verein | FC Teutonia Ottensen  FC St. Pauli | SC Concordia | SC Victoria Hamburg | SV Lurup | ...
Transport: Port of Hamburg | Hamburg Airport | Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport | Hamburg Hauptbahnhof | S-Bahn | U-Bahn | Hamburger Verkehrsverbund | Companies: AKN Eisenbahn | DB Regio | Eisenbahnen und Verkehrsbetriebe Elbe-Weser | Hamburger Hochbahn | Metronom Eisenbahngesellschaft

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Neue Elbbrücke.

Neue Elbbrücke is a road bridge across the Norderelbe, connecting Veddel and Rothenburgsort. Originally constructed between 1884 and 1887, the three lenticular trusses (each 102 meters long) make it one of the most peculiar of the 2,500 bridges in Hamburg.

Photo credit: Kai Morgener

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Horner Rennbahn is located in the Horn quarter of the city of Hamburg, Germany. It is used for horse racing. It was built in 1869 and has a capacity of 50,000 spectators. It hosts the annual Deutsches Derby on distances from 1,000 m (3,300 ft) to 3,600 m (11,800 ft).

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