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Why the future is at home here

We love doing research and experimenting. We owe such vital inventions as the chip card, the adhesive plaster and the navigation device to this passion. We are building on this tradition in the future. Today, as the second-largest city in the world's fourth-largest economy, Hamburg is a driver of innovation and an urban test laboratory of futuristic projects and counts among the world's top five economic centres.

A particularly verdant city with Germany's largest seaport, Hamburg is a logistics hub and the economic heart of northern Europe. We, the 5.4 million inhabitants of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region, will soon be even more closely connected to our Scandinavian neighbours via the Fehmarn Belt crossing.

Hamburg is an international leader of the media, life science and wind energy sectors and as the world's third largest aviation centre. The digital association Bitkom, has again hailed Hamburg as Germany's smart city and a hotspot of future technologies. Deep tech, such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, IoT and robotics, is especially good when it benefits people. Companies are developing intelligent solutions for climate change and innovative startups are spending their nights in hackathons to fight viruses with UV light.

The port as a centre of transformation and disruptive technologies is our USP. In this way, we are building on our centuries-old tradition as a port and industrial location, while constantly reinventing ourselves at the same time. Only adaptability has a future. This is what the smart port stands for with intelligent logistics; drones and test routes for self-driving buses. Our plan is to turn the port into a centre of a sustainable and green hydrogen sector in Europe. More and more industries have acknowledged the signs of the times and are committing to green hydrogen. To this end, we are exploiting the potential of wind power in the north.

Our strongest catalysts are passionate entrepreneurs, excellent science, strong business clusters and innovative founders. The people and the places above all, the high standard of living and the almost boundless opportunities attract more and more investors, students and professionals to Hamburg and the region between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Of course, the demonstrably happiest people in Germany are at home here.

We love like-minded visitors as well as entirely different characters. Surf our future.hamburg website. Should you have any queries or suggestions, contact us or pop over. Are you a developer, investor or have a daring idea or brainchild? Tell us ALL about it. See you soon.

Hamburg as a European innovation hub - the top ten:

  • fDi magazine: most attractive region for international investors in Germany
  • second largest city in world’s fourth biggest economy
  • international trade and port city: 250,000 residents of choice from 185 nations in Hamburg
  • 130,000 students, 12,000 researchers, around 10,000 IT companies
  • more than 20 universities and universities of excellence as catalysts of innovationn
  • creative founders’ scene
  • 45 per cent degree of digitalisation makes it number one in Germany
  • network of research and innovation parks with different focal points
  • DESY, XFEL, Fraunhofer, IAPT, ZAL, CFK Valley in location
  • nine cluster initiatives ranging from aviation, renewable energies, media and life science


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