Known for centuries as the commercial centre of Northern Europe, Hamburg continues to go from strength to strength as an international business hub. Not content with being an important financial centre and home to Germany's largest bank, the city is also the site of Europe's second largest port, making it a key point of international trade. Hamburg also holds a vital place in the civil aerospace industry and is a centre for German media and industry.
In fact, there are more than 120,000 enterprises operating within the city, which is one of the most affluent in Europe. Home to over 1.8 million people, Hamburg also consistently appears high in the liveability rankings. So it's no surprise the city plays host to a number of interesting and high-profile conferences and events. Read on for our run-down of some of the highlights of the year ahead.
In the tourism industry? Join your fellow restaurateurs, hoteliers and managers for the creative and fun Destination Camp, held in Hamburg between the 25th and 27th of April 2014. Exchange views on the industry and experience insights in everything from marketing and financing to structures and strategy.
Software engineering and architecture your game? This annual event has been running since 2009, offering lectures and advice from well-known industry experts. Held in the Radisson Blu Hotel Hamburg, there are plenty of places to relax for a chat or a brainstorming session once the crowds have cleared.
Exceptionally Hard & Soft
The curiously-titled Exceptionally Hard & Soft Meeting for hardware and software developers takes place in Hamburg in June 2014. Aimed at those working within open source and research communities, this cutting-edge conference is held in DESY, the second-largest particle physics laboratory in Europe.
The European Biomass Conference and Exhibition
Also in June, the 22nd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBC&E) takes place in the Congress Centre Hamburg. This leading event in the Biomass sector brings together an industrial exhibition as well as a highly respected international conference.
In August, the annual Nerdboat get-together will kick off in Hamburg, mixing business with some serious pleasure. Boarding a ship to hit the high seas for three days, developers and designers can experience some inspiring talks and presentations, as well as their fair share of relaxing and networking.
Where to stay
At the Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg, you'll find yourself in the heart of the city's business events. Hosting conferences on site, as well as being located adjacent to the Congress Centre Hamburg, the hotel is the perfect option for business travellers who want to make the most out of their time in the city. Once the hard work is all wrapped up, the hotel also offers a variety of high-end facilities – meaning guests will be relaxed, refreshed and ready for whatever the day ahead may hold.