Trains in Germany are an efficient way to travel between cities, with a Deutsche Bahn offering a number of domestic and international train routes. Hamburg is home to five major train stations, the main one being Hauptbahnhof, which is located in the center of the city. The other four Altona, Dammtor, Harburg, Bergedorf are found further out around the city. Passengers arriving from major German cities, regional towns and international cities will arrive in Hauptbahnhof. The Intercity Express provides trains to Hamburg from major German cities as well as Zurich, Basel, Copenhagan, Budapest, Prague and Vienna. Hauptbahnhof station is the main transport hub for the city and is therefore connected to the rest of Hamburg via the S-Bahn and U-Bahn train networks.
Hamburg is considered to be Germany’s ‘Gateway to the World’. As the country’s largest port and second biggest city, it’s one of the Germany’s main economic and cultural centers. Hamburg has a rich maritime and merchant past, which can be explored at one of the city's many great museums such as the Maritime Museum or the Hamburg Museum. The harbor area is a great place to get a grasp of the size of the port and also to walk around the boardwalks and stop for something to eat. Hamburg’s town hall, the Rathaus, is one of the city’s major landmarks as is Chilehaus, a more modern but equally breath-taking building. Further highlights include the beautiful Baroque St. Micahelis Church and the war memorial at St. Nikolai. This elegant city has a long history of music and the arts and is home to a number of musical and performance arts venues.