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World's Top Waterfront Cities

Hamburg, Germany

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Hamburg

What PPS Says: Despite its sometimes gritty character, the waterfront is accessible to people through a scenic promenade linking the shore to the downtown.

What We Like: Hamburg already boasts a busy port on the Elbe River, two lakes, and 2,400 bridges along its canals. Now the city has expanded its link with the water with a far-sighted harbor revival development—the carefully planned HafenCity project. It’s a textbook example of the Power of Ten multiuse concept, with a concert hall, shops and restaurants, apartments, public transportation hubs, promenades, museums, marketplaces, parkland, ship terminals, and schools.

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