Hamburg, Germany's second largest city, is one of the most important ports in the world, a fact which has long guaranteed its economic and cultural independence. Devastated by bombing in World War II, it was rebuilt largely in concrete but has remained lively and full of charm with numerous parks, gardens, canals, bridges, a pretty lake, prestigious museums and a pulsating nightlife. The redevelopment of the docks to create the new Hafen City district bears further testimony to its dynamism.
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