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Why Go To Hamburg

Hamburg's bubbly energy is displayed in everything from the emerging HafenCity to the cutting-edge fashion design and its humming nightlife to its reinvigorated dining. This northern Germany city is also a watery one, criss-crossed by canals, sidling the River Elbe and wrapping around a lake. You'll undoubtedly enjoy its beauty, but this cosmopolitan city also prizes its musicals, nightclubs, shopping and unparalleled Fish Market. For travelers interested in a German vacation, Hamburg might not be an obvious choice -- after all, the country also contains capital city Berlin and Oktoberfest-central Munich. But as many visitors have discovered, this thriving harbor city is almost sure to surprise and please you.

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