With more than 550 businesses from China, 100 from Japan and 50 from Taiwan, Hamburg is also Germany’s major location for Asia-related expertise 2017 is proving to be a year of superlatives for Hamburg. In January, the Elbphilharmonie, one of the world’s most spectacular concert halls, was inaugurated atop a former port warehouse. For more than 100 years, the Kaispeicher A warehouse was a symbol of Hamburg’s mercantile trade.

Transformed into a temple of culture, it has been reborn as a new icon. Fusing the old brick walls of the port warehouse with the modern glass structure of the concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie is the architectural symbol of Hamburg’s future and a new landmark for the city. And as if the Elbphilharmonie wasn’t enough of a superlative, the European XFEL is now launching a science project that is unrivalled anywhere in the world. With investment twice as high as that of the Elbphilharmonie, this project, in which 11 countries are participating, will create the basis for new discoveries e.g. in the areas of disease processes and energy research. Further research institutes, especially from the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are currently being founded or expanded.