The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, with a population of over 1.7 million people, is the second largest city in Germany and the eighth largest city in the European Union. Hamburg is situated on the river Elbe (with nice beaches opposite to container terminals); the river Alster crosses the city; the coastlines are 60km away (North Sea and Baltic Sea).
Notable recent developments in Hamburg are:
Recently Hamburg's Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus district has been named as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. 15 warehouses on the Elbe River as well as the nearby Kontorhaus district with the Chilehaus reflect the city's historical maritime, industrial architecture in the style of (German) Brick Expressionism.
The new iconic landmark, the Elbphilharmonie, is almost completed. Cranes have been removed and the final interior work is being done. Due to some issues with project management, and to not distract the researchers at OR2016, the grand opening of the Elbphilharmonie has been postponed to January 2017.