Despite its location along the River Elbe, roughly two-thirds of a mile (1 km) from the North Sea, Hamburg is Germany's biggest port city and the second busiest in Europe. The city might be an industrial powerhouse in Germany, but it is far from a drab destination. With 4 million residents in the Greater Hamburg Metropolitan Area, the city's residents are proud of its status as a "Free and Hanseatic City." Hamburg shares the same status as the 16 Bundeslander (states) in the Federal Republic of Germany.
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