Hamburg, officially the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is the second-largest city in Germany after Berlin, as well as the 7 th largest city and largest non-capital city in the European Union with a population of over 1.85 million.

Hamburg is 941 km² in area. Hamburg’s urban area has a population of around 2.5 million and is part of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region, which has a population of over 5.1 million people in total.

The city lies on the River Elbe and two of its tributaries, the River Alster and the River Bille. Hamburg is Europe’s third largest port, after Rotterdam and Antwerp. Hamburg is the seat of Germany’s oldest stock exchange and the world’s oldest merchant bank, Berenberg Bank. Hamburg is also a major European science, research, and education hub, with several universities and institutions.

The average temperature in November is 7.5°C and November is a rainy month with 11 days of rain/month on average. Please make sure to pack accordingly.

German is the official language and the currency exchange between Canadian dollar and Euro is approximately 1 CAD = 0.68 EUR.

Time zone

The time zone is CET (Central European Time, UTC+1)


  • Elbphilharmonie
  • Speicherstadt
  • Alster
  • Landungsbrücken
  • Fish Market (Fischmarkt)
  • St. Michaelis Church
  • International Maritime Museum
  • Altonaer Balkon