Hamburg's hidden highlights

This section provides you with interesting stories all around Hamburg with its powerful economy and touristic and cultural attractions as well as our airport.

Hamburg's hidden highlights

Anja Compton, Senior Manager Aviation Marketing: "Sport City Hamburg"

Every year, “The World’s Biggest Tri” brings 10,000 everyday athletes, 100 professionals and 300,000 spectators to the city. And the triathlon is just one of many major sporting events taking place on the banks of the Elbe each year. Hamburg is not a city for standing still and its reputation as Germany’s sport city is deserved. Our colleague Anja Compton presents the biggest highlights of the sporting calendar and reveals where she and her family like to go best.

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Robert Piltz, Manager Traffic Development: "City of music"

The Beatles started their career in Hamburg in 1960. Only New York and London can surpass the two million people who visit Hamburg for musicals each year, and more than 4.5 million people have already visited the Elbphilharmonie. Hamburg is an established global music centre. Over 900 of the city’s 12,000 media businesses are in the music industry, more than anywhere else in the country. Our very own Robert Piltz wants to show you why… join him for a tour of Hamburg’s diverse music scene.

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Gesa Zaremba, Senior Mgr. Traffic Development: "The city between two seas"

Welcome back, Gesa! Our colleague, Gesa Zaremba, has just returned to our team after three years in Alabama. And although Alabama, in the south-eastern United States, has some beautiful beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, Hamburg, with its location between the North Sea and Baltic Sea, compares favourably. Gesa reveals her beach highlights in the city and the region – her old home, and now once again her new home.

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Lara Münch, Mgr. Traffic Development & Sales: "One night in Hamburg"

The world’s best city for parties is… wait for it… Hamburg! For cool clubs, chilled bars, great restaurants and open-minded people, this is the place to be, according to a survey conducted by the online platform “Hostelworld”. Respondents singled out the city’s nightlife and friendly people for praise. Our very own Lara Muench knows just where the city’s best locations are, and in this article she takes us all on a tour: one night in Hamburg!

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Jörgen Kearsley, GM Aviation Marketing: "My maritime Hamburg"

William and Catherine – the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – graced Hamburg’s International Maritime Museum with a royal visit in July. The summer also saw the four-masted windjammer Peking return to Hamburg after 40 years in New York. Join our very own Dr Joergen Kearsley, General Manager Aviation Marketing, as he explores maritime Hamburg!

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Gunilla Almevad and Michelina Gravina: Hamburg's international tour guides

“Välkommen” and „Bem-vindo“! Gunilla Almevad and Michelina Gravina are happy to welcome their Swedish and Brazilian guests to Hamburg. The homelands of the two guides are a long way away, but these women know just how to surprise their visitors on a tour of Hamburg. The city on the Elbe has numerous links with the Scandinavian kingdom and the vast South American land. What exactly? We will tell you!

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Quinten Slama: Assistant Director of Sales "The Fontenay"

The oak parquetry comes from the woods of the Abbey of Fontenay in France. The seats were custom-made in Austria. The drapes can be opened and closed silently - by touchpad. And the guests? You decide where they come from - on your flights! When "The Fontenay" opens its doors on the banks of Hamburg's Outer Alster lake this autumn, it will be Germany's best and most luxurious hotel. The hotel's Canadian-born, 31-year-old Quinten Slama, reveals why his German is so good, the best way to cross the Elbe, Hamburg's best sand dunes for horse-riding, and much more.

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Alexander Laukenmann, our new MD

He's been living in Hamburg for just six months now, and the city has already won him over: Alexander Laukenmann became Managing Director of Hamburg Airport in May, joining Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO, at the helm. The 42-year-old spent the previous 15 years in various leadership roles at Fraport AG, finishing his time there as Head of Corporate Development. His primary areas of responsibility at Hamburg Airport are Real Estate Management and Center Management. In June, the business administration graduate's family joined him in Hamburg, so that they have now been able to explore the city between the Alster and the Elbe together.

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Michael Otremba: Managing Director of Hamburg Tourism

Northward bound! At the start of May, Michael Otremba, the new head of Hamburg Tourism (HHT), came here from Munich Airport, where he had served as Head of Marketing. He is excited about the new challenges of a city undergoing strong tourism development. Current growth is more than double the 3% needed to reach 13 million overnight stays this year, so that's one barrier that is sure to fall. The 45-year-old told us how he is settling into the city and if he has already found his own Hamburg Highlights.

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Gerd Pontius: CEO of Prologis AG

A genuine globetrotter, Gerd Pontius is always happy to land at Hamburg Airport. The founder and CEO of Prologis AG has been advising airlines since 1993, with a customer base of more than 50 airlines in around 30 different countries. Together with his team, he supports such airlines as Emirates, Ryanair and Virgin Australia in the development and implementation of strategic concepts, processes and systems. And when he's not flying the globe, Gerd Pontius likes to relax here in the city on the banks of the Elbe and Alster. He reveals some of his favourite places...

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