Hamburg, a major port city in northern Germany, is connected to the North Sea by the Elbe River. Second only to Berlin in size and population, the city of Hamburg is home to one of the biggest harbors in Europe. It’s crossed by hundreds of canals, and also contains large areas of parkland. Near its core, Inner Alster lake is dotted with boats and surrounded by cafes. The city’s central Jungfernstieg boulevard connects the Neustadt (new town) with the Altstadt (old town) and is home to landmarks such as the 18th-century St. Michael’s Church. The city is a major tourist destination for both domestic and overseas visitors.