Congress metropolis Hamburg

A destination that leaves nothing to be desired

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Exciting and diverse locations, an impressive range of hotels, good accessibility and one of the largest and most modern congress centres in Europe – these are the first attributes that describe Hamburg as a congress metropolis. Today we would like to take you with us and introduce our city from a MICE point of view. We can promise you right now: you will be thrilled!


A look back to the future!

Numerous world-class events have already taken place in Hamburg and have always proven that Hamburg is a city that can accommodate any kind of event. Not only because we provide the necessary infrastructure in Hamburg, but also because people in Hamburg work hand in hand in a spirit of partnership and passion.

Some examples of conventions that have been visible worldwide were the Lions Clubs International Convention in the summer of 2013 with around 23,000 guests from all over the world and the Rotary International Convention 2019, which attracted more than 26,000 guests from 170 countries to Hamburg.

Especially in the scientific field, Hamburg is a city that can boast world-class congresses and conferences. These include the ITS World Congress 2021 with around 13,000 participants or the 22nd Euretina Congress with a total of 6,600 guests.

In Hamburg, we may say “Yesterday’s newspaper only wraps up the fish”, but we take past events as a yardstick to constantly develop ourselves further and look full steam ahead to the future.

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Facts & Figures

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inhabitants within the city


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The city is the star. And the city has it all! Around 1.8 million inhabitants within the city limits and 5.2 million people living in the metropolitan region. Hamburg is a port and Hanseatic city – with a great tradition, because Hamburg was the first container port in Germany.

Today Hamburg is the third largest container port in Europe. Nevertheless, it is an extremely green metropolis: with over 200 parks and 4,900 hectares of public green spaces, 72 % of the city area in Hamburg is green. This can be seen and felt in every corner of the city. More than 2,500 bridges cross the numerous canals and waterways that criss-cross the city.

If we look at the MICE location, Hamburg has around 362 hotels with over 66,000 beds and almost 35,000 rooms – across all star categories. As you can see, Hamburg is a city worth visiting. Especially if you are planning your own MICE event.

Locations & Hotels

Of course, one of the most important components of a successful congress event is the accommodation of the MICE guests. In Hamburg you will find all the options: From small, charming boutique hotels to 5-star superior grand hotels, Hamburg offers an impressive range of accommodation options for every requirement and budget. Many hotels are close to the city centre and there is a suitable hotel for almost every congress location in the immediate vicinity. Would you like a little treat? Our congress centre, the CCH – Congress Center Hamburg, is centrally located in Hamburg’s city centre. In the immediate vicinity there are around 100 hotels of all categories with around 3,500 hotel rooms. Can you ask for more?

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Conference and congress participants have it easy in Hamburg. Both the journey and the possibilities for getting around within the city are almost ideal. The central location in Northern Europe and the excellent public transport services ensure mobility. Hamburg is also a city of short distances, so that many parts of the city can be reached on foot. And if the walk is too long, you can simply take our innercity train transport the S-Bahn.

Would you like an example? The Rotary International Convention 2019 in Hamburg was the first annual meeting of the service club for which no shuttles had to be used and for which only public transport was used. And that with more than 26,000 guests! We also looked in detail at the topics of accessibility and mobility.

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The new CCH – Congress Center Hamburg

The modernized and remodeled CCH impresses with its light-flooded modern architecture, sophisticated room concepts and top-class AV technology. It also sets standards in terms of location, flexibility and individuality. Even the newly designed Congressplatz and the entrance area give an idea of the uniqueness of the building, and this grandiose impression continues in the spacious entrance hall and the Belvedere.

The new CCH – Congress Center Hamburg is one of the most modern and, with a total area of 36,000 square meters, the largest congress center in Europe. The number 12,000 has a very special significance here: the event area is 12,000 square meters, the foyer area is also 12,000 square meters, and a total of 12,000 visitors can be in the CCH at any one time. The up to 50 multifunctional halls for congresses and events of all kinds are spread over four levels and the three event areas West, Central and East. The three areas are accessible via separate entrances and exits.

At the same time, the location of the CCH – Congress Center Hamburg remains attractive and makes it a congress center at top international level. And it is sustainable and barrier-free.

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Incentives & social programmes

A good event delivers knowledge, generates exciting projects or gives rise to sustainable networks. A perfect event, however, is characterised by the fact that, in addition to the experience in the conference room, it also delivers an exciting supporting programme that fits the event, or that immerses the participants in the organising city, makes them feel it. These are the memories that stay in participants’ minds and will always be linked to the congress or conference. Since we are well aware of the importance of social programmes, we have built a larger stage for the topic of Incentives and social programmes. You are sure to find one or two exciting ideas here. We can only say one thing: often typically North German, but always unique!

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Sustainable meetings

Hamburg is a green metropolis. A city that is always evolving and where the issues of the future are always at the centre of attention. Whether it’s the topic of mobility of the future or the modern port – Hamburg is constantly working on bringing the topic of sustainability into focus. Of course, this is also an essential factor for conferences and congresses. That’s why we also took a closer look at sustainable solutions for meetings.

Despite all the world congresses we have hosted, Hamburg is still a sleeping beauty. A “hidden gem” within the international meetings industry. But believe us: Hamburg will surprise you – we are sure. Because this is where profession meets professionalism. Passionate hosts, Hanseatic teamwork and an ideal MICE network make our city stand out.

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