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The Townhall in Hamburg at Night

Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and along with Hamburg Harbour, its principal port, Hamburg is also the second-largest port city in Europe (after Rotterdam), ninth-largest port in the world, and the most populous city in the European Union which is not a national capital. The city, defined according to its current administrative area, contains 1.76 million inhabitants, the Hamburg Metropolitan Area is home to 4.5 million people.

 

The Townhall (Rathaus)

 

Richly decorated Neo-Renaissance building finished in 1896. With its tower of 112 meters it is Europe's highest townhall. On its facade it shows the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire since Hamburg was, as a Free Imperial City, only under the sovereignty of the emperor.

 

(Source: Wikipedia)

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Taken on March 26, 2008