2 Hamburg | Table of Contents table of contents Destination & City Rankings Why Hamburg Connectivity Local Transport VISA Issues Security VAT Reclaim Green Meetings Hotels in Prime Locations 3 8 – 17 18 – 19 20 – 21 22 23 24 – 25 26 – 27 28 – 29 The new CCH – Congress Center Hamburg 30 – 31 Social Event Locations Unique Group Activities Hamburg Metropolitan Region Regional Networking City Map Your trusted Advisor 32 – 33 34 – 37 38 – 39 40 – 41 42 – 43 45
Hamburg | Destination & City Rankings 3 0:40 h COPENHAGEN 1:35 h 1:05 h 1:45 h LONDON AMSTERDAM 1:35 h 1:05 h BERLIN 1:20 h FRANKFURT PARIS MUNICH city rankings in international media FROMMERS GUIDE Frommer‘s Best Places To Go 2018 USA TODAY 10 Best 2017 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS INSIDER The cities with the best quality of life in the world RANK 19 OF 450 NEW YORK TIMES 52 Places to Go in 2017 RANK 10 OF 52 LONELY PLANET Hamburg – A must see destination in 2018 TOP 10 CITIES WORLDWIDE INDEPENDENT The friendliest cities in the world in 2017 RANK 9 OF 20 CONDÈ NAST TRAVELER The Best Cities in the World: 2018 RANK 5 READER‘S CHOICE AWARDS FORBES Best European Cities to Visit 2018
4 Hamburg | Why Hamburg is hamburg anoption?
Hamburg | Why Hamburg 5 visionary by tradition Cosmopolitan and vibrant, yet smart and eco-minded, Hamburg offers visitors a unique experience. Germany’s second largest city has long served Northern Europe as gateway to the world. Today it is at the height of its transformation into an exciting metropolis where modern life is merged with century-long tradition. Discover the “Elphi” in 360° t h c a r b l l . a V s a e r d n A / e d g r u b m a h . r e v r e s a d e m w w w . i : o t o h P Typical Hamburg: Combining tradition and innovation Thanks to its rich Hanseatic legacy Hamburg has the business vibe as well as the infrastructure to empower innovation in technology and urban development. Like a kaleidoscope the city unfolds its many charms across a colourful spectrum of classic culture, contemporary art, dazzling entertainment, food for every taste and fashion from luxury to independent labels. Rising above the waves of the Elbe river, at the crossroads between UNESCO World Heritage Site Speicherstadt and the newly built HafenCity, the Elbphilharmonie has become symbolic of Hamburg’s forward-looking spirit.
6 Hamburg | Why Hamburg everything plus the unexpected t h c a r b HafenCity: Life on the Waterfront . a V s a e r d n A / e d g r u b m a h . r e v r e s a d e m w w w . l l i : o t o h P
Hamburg | Why Hamburg 7 Living.Loving.Hamburg Planten un Blomen: Green oasis in the city center – next to the Congress Center Hamburg (CCH) Hamburg is one of the few cities in the world that can be considered to have it all: Abundant waterways and green spaces, striking architecture, excellent transport plus a superior quality of life enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. The secret behind this rare mix of assets lies in Hamburg’s unique talent to fuse tradition with modernity and to combine commerce with the good things in life. You may be looking for a business deal or simply on the hunt for hidden gems. You may want to spice your safe travels with adventure. Or you may simply be a fan of German quality and world class service. Just come and visit Hamburg. And be pleasantly surprised. i . r e b r h a p S n a i t s i r h C / e d g r u b m a h . r e v r e s a d e m w w w i . : o t o h P
8 Hamburg | Why Hamburg 11Michelin Star Restaurants Wasserschloss at the UNESCO Speicherstadt local ﬂavour boundless choice When it comes to food, fun and entertainment Hamburg leaves visitors spoilt for choice. Lovers of local and international cuisine are served in style – from dockside bars around Fish Market to ﬁne dining further down the banks of the Elbe river to countless eateries in the heart of the city. After hours the party continues throughout the clubs and cultural venues of the legendary Reeperbahn and beyond. l r e e g e H . i a K o t r e b o R / e d g r u b m a h . r e v r e s a d e m w w w i . , B C H : o t o h P
Hamburg | Why Hamburg 9 Spielbudenplatz: Open-air feeling at the Reeperbahn
10 Hamburg | Why Hamburg Shopping at Neuer Wall
Hamburg | Why Hamburg 11 shopping metropolis the ﬁner things in life For many people the hunt for beautiful things is a real passion – and Hamburg’s fantastic shops give them the chance to indulge that passion to the full. From traditional department stores, glittering glass arcades and ﬁne boutiques to designer stores, specialist retailers and a plethora of ﬂea and antiques markets, there is something here for all tastes, requirements and wallets. . e z r a w h c S n e v S / e d g r u b m a h . r e v r e s a d e m w w w i . : o t o h P Shopping in the Karolinenviertel
12 Hamburg | Why Hamburg metropolis of culture culture making waves Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Culture from Hamburg hits the right notes – and they ring out far and wide. The North German city has a longstanding reputation as a leading centre for dance, music and theatre, with only New York and London beating it to the position of the world’s most successful city of musical theatre. It is not just the city’s many thrilling musical productions that are making waves, the Hamburg State Opera, Laeiszhalle, Thalia Theatre and Deutsches Schauspielhaus theatre also offer outstanding cultural experiences. i r e b r h a p S n a i t s i r h C , p p i t i m e h e G i , r o z d s a P i . l e a h c M / e d g r u b m a h . r e v r e s a d e m w w w . i : o t o h P
Hamburg | Why Hamburg 15 Hamburg is pioneering new musical paths. Visible evidence comes in the form of the concert hall Elbphilharmonie – a cultural landmark for the city and a beacon for the world. Architecturally and acoustically brilliant, the venue will host top international performers from the worlds of classical, jazz, pop and world music. In addition to these world-class offerings for the ear, the treasures and exhibitions of the Metropolitan Region’s over 300 museums have plenty to delight and fascinate the eye. e k z t e a R s e h T i Great Hall – Elbphilharmonie Hamburg i . , r e b r h a p S n a i t s i r h C / e d g r u b m a h . r e v r e s a d e m w w w i . : o t o h P
16 Hamburg | Why Hamburg Landungsbrücken/landing bridges: One of Hamburg’s major tourist attractions
Hamburg | Why Hamburg 17 maritime beauty meets lakeside charm Oasis of relaxation: Alster canal activities in Hamburg’s prestigious residential area What distinguishes Hamburg from other waterfront cities is a lacework of waterways that shape most of its metropolitan area. Ships and bridges set the scene, starting from the harbour along numerous rivers and canals some of which ﬂow into the two Alster lakes, presenting scenic views to be enjoyed anytime day or night. l r e e g e H i a K o t r e b o R & i . r e b r h a p S n a i t s i r h C / e d g r u b m a h . r e v r e s a d e m w w w . i : o t o h P
18 Hamburg | Connectivity Hamburg Airport: Easy access from all over Europe connected all the way r e n n e P Serving a wide range of global destinations at considerable frequency Hamburg Airport welcomes over 40,000 passengers per day. Located within city limits it offers a train connection of only 20 minutes to Hamburg’s downtown area. The journey by car is nearly as fast, even during rush hour. i . l e a h c M / e d g r u b m a h . r e v r e s a d e m w w w . i : o t o h P
Rank 1 Skytrax World Awards 2018 Best Regional Airport Europe Rank 1 ACI Awards 2018 Europe Best Airport 2 Rank 2 Skytrax World Awards 2018 The World’s Best Regional Airport 60 Airlines 130 non stop connections daily 900 reached with one-stop global destinations Düsseldorf connectivity ranking 23 of 450 airports Westerland/Sylt 370 daily ﬂights Hamburg Domestic direct ﬂights Hamburg | Connectivity 19 Daily ﬂights to European hubs Munich Frankfurt London Dusseldorf Vienna Zurich Amsterdam Paris 21 16 11 8 8 8 7 6 20 minutes to city center Average fare taxi: 25-30 € Köln/Bonn Frankfurt Mannheim Nürnberg Saarbrücken Stuttgart direct train to city center Average fare train: 3 € Friedrichshafen München Copenhagen 5 Destinations with direct ﬂights to / from Hamburg as of 2019
20 Hamburg | Local Transport Easy around town: Metro passing the Elbe River
22 Hamburg | VISA issues Town Hall with China market in front entry to Germany / VISA issues Participants from EU member states and many other countries, including US citizens, simply need a valid passport to enter the Federal Republic of Germany. There are only a few countries whose citizens need a visa. SCHENGEN VISA This visa has made traveling between its 25 member countries (22 EU and 3 non-EU states) much easier and less bureaucratic. The visa holder can travel to all member countries using one single visa within a 90-day period. This is particularly beneﬁcial for persons who wish to visit several European countries on the same trip. It is issued to citizens of countries who are required to obtain a visa before entering Europe. i . r e b r h a p S n a i t s i r h C / e d g r u b m a h . r e v r e s a d e m w w w i . : o t o h P
Hamburg | Security 23 security safe and friendly Germany is one of the safest countries in the world. The security standards in Hamburg, and in the country generally, ensure reliable and sustained protection for participants, delegations, visitors, media representatives and high-ranking guests when meeting in the convention venues, staying in hotels, walking and shopping activities throughout the town and all over the country, as well as when traveling by air, rail or car. H b m G u a e r u B n o i t n e v n o C g r u b m a H : o t o h P Police boat on the Alster lake
24 Hamburg | VAT Reclaim VAT reclaim Value Added Tax (VAT), called MWST in Germany, is a consumption tax added to most goods and services. The national tax systems in Germany allow most non-resident business entities to claim a refund of the MWST. A sample of services where North American & UK companies that do business within Germany can be charged 7% / 19% MWST are: • Lodging • Event venue expenses • Conference fees • Meals • Transportation When organizing conferences or tradeshows in Germany, there are several VAT refund opportunities that will ultimately lower the North American & UK event planners costs, including: • VAT refund on business conferences and tradeshows where fees are charged. VAT registration prior to the planned meeting might be required. h c u r B . O . . C / e d g r u b m a h . r e v r e s a d e m w w w . i : s o t o h P
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26 Hamburg | Green Meetings sustainable opportunities for green meetings Photovoltaic boat tour on the Outer Alster Lake
Hamburg | Green Meetings 27 l r e e g e H Biking along the Alster Lake i a K o t r e b o R & . r e b r h a p S n a i t s i r h C / e d g r u b m a h . r e v r e s a d e m w w w . i i : s o t o h P As a green metropolis, Hamburg provides the perfect setting for planning events in an eco-friendly way. More and more hotels and service providers train their staff in the area of sustainability or acquire certiﬁcation according to the international Green Globe environmental standard. Short distances between conference hotels, venues, points of interest and cultural hotspots and the city’s excellent public infrastructure have a positive impact on the city’s ecological balance sheet as CO2-intensive transfers are avoided.
28 Hamburg | Hotels in Prime Locations average price range in July in EUR 5 180 80 3 230 125 4 2 total number of hotels excl. breakfast, incl. VAT 14 hotels 2,756 rooms hotels 136 8,342 rooms 8 hotels 1,127 rooms 347 61,400 beds Hotel projects with a planned opening in 2019 2,743 rooms hotels 95 14,131 rooms hotels 65 4,922 rooms hotels 29 699 rooms Other hotel projects after 2019 4,000 rooms Source: Hamburg Convention Bureau GmbH, Monitoring as of 2018 hotels in prime locations With 347 hotels offering a total of approx. 61,400 beds / 32,000 rooms, Hamburg can provide accommodation to suit every one’s taste and pocket. Hamburg’s hotels include famous international brands, ﬁrstclass establishments and small private pensions. l . e m n o i s i v e b u o d - n o i s i V e b u o D / e d g r u b m a h . r e v r e s a d e m w w w . l i . : o t o h P
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30 Hamburg | CCH – Congress Center Hamburg the new CCH stage to the world
Hamburg | CCH – Congress Center Hamburg 31 Entrance Hall of the new CCH The CCH – Congress Center Hamburg is a magniﬁcent venue for conventions and events. Beneﬁt from over 40 years of expertise gained in organizing more than 15,000 events, including over 130 global congresses. After undergoing a comprehensive remodeling and modernization campaign from 2017 until 2020, the CCH will be in perfect shape for your convention. The new CCH will set standards throughout Europe in terms of size, ﬂexibility, and customization – while always remaining tailored to your requirements. All spaces and rooms can be made smaller or larger and divided or expanded just the way you need for your event. The vertical and horizontal breakdown into three event areas and four ﬂoors makes it possible for multiple events to be held separately at the same time. 12,000 sqm exhibition space, 12,000 sqm foyer space, and 12,000 seats in up to 50 halls: The new CCH offers room for unlimited choices when organizing your event. Fascinating product presentations in the breathtaking foyer? International specialist congresses with several thousand participants? Concentrated meetings in breakout rooms? Corporate events with star guests on the biggest stage of all? In the new CCH, everything is possible – and much more besides. www.the-new-cch.com H C C : s o t o h P
32 Hamburg | Social Event Locations social event locations Hamburg offers boundless choices of unique and unconventional locations. Floating lounges on or above the water, exquisite ball rooms, historic portside sheds or modern architecture. The city offers something for every taste – always topped with local ﬂavour. ALTONA FISH AUCTION HALL HAGENBECK ZOO
CAP SAN DIEGO Hamburg | Social Event Locations 33 AU QUAI ÜBERSEECLUB
34 Hamburg | Unique Group Activities unique group activities HAMBURG TOURS Rediscover Hamburg! Whether by bicycle or on foot, accompanied by Nordic delicacies such as the legendary ﬁsh sandwich, or the classic exploration of the top sights of the Hanseatic City. Shopping fans and friends of the art of brewing, as well as lovers of the maritime, will be highly entertained and satisﬁed. There is a suitable tour through Hamburg for everyone!
Hamburg | Unique Group Activities 35 WATER ACTIVITIES AT LAKE ALSTER Take a break at Alster Lake, climb aboard a sail boat, use a water bike or try out the trend sport SUP. While friendly people wave at you from the shore, historic Alster steamers glide past you. Your gaze will wander to the city centre with its church towers and Rathaus parapets. The Elbphilharmonie rises up in the background with its extraordinary architecture. ICHALLENGE: ORIENTEERING ICE BREAKER EVENT Discover Hamburg with an iPad Rally. A digital paperchase leads you through the city and combines communication, team spirit and interactive adventure to experience Hamburg. Tours are tailor-made and offered according to individual wishes.
36 Hamburg | Unique Group Activities UNESCO World Cultural Heritage UNESCO SPEICHERSTADT - BREATHE IN HISTORY The Speicherstadt is more than 100 years old and is considered the world’s largest contiguous warehouse complex. In 2015 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated in the former free port, the red-brick building ensemble with its thick walls, copper roofs and blocks and tackles was built on oak piles between 1883 and 1888 and is among Hamburg’s main attractions. On an area that was once used for storing coffee, tea and other spices, visitors can now marvel at the Miniatur Wunderland, the world’s largest model railway, or experience spine-chilling tales of Klaus Störtebeker, the famous buccaneer, at the Hamburg Dungeon. The Speicherstadt’s spice museum provides insights into the history of the warehouse complex and the lives of stevedores at the time, while the adjacent wine cellar serves as a venue for parties. Restaurants, cafés and quaint historic warehouse ﬂoors offer unique event venues.
Hamburg | Unique Group Activities 37 SITE TOUR AIRBUS HAMBURG Aircraft manufacturing up close - experience exciting insights into the production and assembly of Airbus aircrafts on an Airbus site tour. In Hamburg Finkenwerder you can experience the ﬁnal assembly from A320 to A380. PORT AND RIVER CRUISES The River Elbe has always been a lifeline and major trafﬁc route for Hamburg. It provides direct access to the North Sea about 100 kilometres away and has formed the basis for the development of Hamburg’s port. Huge container ships arrive in Hamburg with the rhythm of the tides and bring goods from overseas, the majority of which is distributed to Central Europe, Scandinavia and the Baltic States by shuttle boat, rail or road. Visitors to Hamburg can best experience the hustle and bustle of the port handling terminals on a traditional harbour boat trip or bus tour. Elbe River t h c a r b l l a V s a e r d n A . , a d e M s c b / e d g r u b m a h . r e v r e s a d e m w w w . i i i , r e b r h a p S n a i t s i r h C : s o t o h P
38 Hamburg | Hamburg Metropolitan Region Castle Ahrensburg hamburg metropolitan region The Hamburg Metropolitan Region stretches from the North Sea to the Baltic Sea and far into the interior. Both coastal areas are accessible within a very short time, and the surrounding areas offer visitors the chance to discover inviting towns such as Stade, Lüneburg, Lübeck and Wismar with their vast range of leisure and cultural attractions. Tourists from all over the world revel in the whole region’s maritime atmosphere as well as wide expanses of unspoiled nature just outside the teeming metropolis. p p i t i m e h e G i , t d m h c S d n r e B . , ) 2 ( e d o t o f e g a m . i / e d g r u b m a h . r e v r e s a d e m w w w . i Hanseatic City of Luneburg : o t o h P
Hamburg | Hamburg Metropolitan Region 39 Beaches of the Baltic Sea
40 Hamburg | Regional Networking regional networking through innovative economic clusters Hamburg is one of Germany’s top business locations, and growth rates continue to rise. Industry knowledge, scientiﬁc curiosity and the eagerness to collaborate have always been at the heart of Hamburg’s entrepreneurial culture. Hamburg has adopted a policy of bundling and promoting its strengths and competencies in a systematic way. The regional economic clusters that have been deﬁned as part of this process focus on promising growth areas and aim to establish cross-sectoral networks between businesses, research institutions, academia and politics. Individual cluster initiatives aim to promote projects in practice and promote the training of specialists. To harness this potential even further, the Hamburg Convention Bureau works closely with the Hamburg cluster initiatives, with the aim of acquiring further renowned congresses and meetings for Hamburg and Hamburg’s cluster industries. l . e m n o i s i v e b u o d - n o i s i V e b u o D & h c u r B l . . O n a i t s i r h C / e d g r u b m a h . r e v r e s a d e m w w w . i : s o t o h P
Hamburg | Regional Networking 41 Media & IT Maritime Industries Healthcare Aviation HAMBURG’S ECONOMIC CLUSTERS Renewable Energies Logistics Creative Industries Life Sciences
42 Hamburg | City Map LAEISZHALLE NORDIC BROADWAY AIRBUS FACTORY 35 MINUTES FROM CITY CENTER HARBOUR LANDING DOCKS PORT OF HAMBURG ELBPHILHARMONIE
AIRPORT 20 MINUTES FROM CITY CENTER Hamburg | City Map 43 OPERA HOUSE KUNSTHALLE CENTRAL STATION CITY HALL UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SPEICHERSTADT HAFENCITY 1 km | map: google.com
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Hamburg | Your trusted Advisor 45 your trusted advisor Securing hotel accommodation Supporting your congress bid Location scouting Onsite advisory services HAMBURG CONVENTION BUREAU SUPPORT Organising site inspections Access to strong local networks € Revision of funding options Hamburg Tourismus GmbH Hamburg Convention Bureau Wexstraße 7 20355 Hamburg T: +49 (0)40 / 30051-610 F: +49 (0)40 / 30051-618 email@example.com www.hamburg-convention.com