Enjoy a boat trip along the River Elbe from Hamburg to Cuxhaven on the North Sea; relax in the leafy shade of a spreading oak tree looking out over the Alster lake; take a tour of HafenCity, the modern urban-planning project that is transforming the city's harbourside district; spend a relaxing afternoon in Stadtpark or explore the huge Planten un Blomen park, which includes a botanical garden and the largest Japanese garden in Europe... The charm and appeal of Hamburg is almost infinite. This city – one of the richest in Europe – has achieved a fine balance between urban life and nature. In recognition of the city's commitment to all aspects of the environment and nature conservation, Hamburg has been named European Green Capital 2011.
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