City of innovations, city of the future.

The majority of the world’s population lives already in cities – and this development is continuing. These growing cities have to be built – not new, but wider, bigger, smarter and with more opportunities. We should not fear the possibilities of technology but instead we should use them in supporting our self-determination and freedom. I am convinced, that only those technologies will be established which are accepted in our daily lives. Therefore, we should live by embracing progress and strive for the implementation of a modern city.

Olaf Scholz

First Mayor
Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Smart Cities initiatives help create intelligent and more connected cities. Hamburg, one of Europe’s most livable and economically strongest cities, is growing like most metropolitan areas around the world.


This growth is challenging, because political, ecological and geographical tasks are bundled into the assignment to using existing space in a new way alongside ensuring sustainability, quality of life and economic growth.


The Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg set out in April 2014 to build the Hamburg version of a smart city.

Hamburg is a city of innovations. Our Smart City initiatives are a way of continuing on this path and preparing ourselves for the future. The opportunities presented through the networking of people, processes, data, and things will not only drive progress in the cities and municipalities, but also offer citizens greater convenience and therefore a higher quality of life.

Frank Horch

Senator of Economic Affairs
Transportation & Innovation
Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Pilot Projects

See how life will evolve in Hamburg in the next few years.

Hamburg Port

Being the backbone of Hamburg’s economic power, the port plays a major role in creating a cleverly connected city.


One constant task is to optimize traffic management, safety, infrastructure and environmental conditions in the port. The Smart Infrastructure for Ports projects aim to improve traffic management, reduce traffic related delays and loss of revenue.

Hafen City

Hamburg’s newest city quarter is already Europe’s biggest urban development project and still growing. Pilot projects aim to reduce and optimize traffic and create intelligent solutions for real estate management. Visitors and inhabitants will soon enjoy an integrated solution for mobility, including almost seamless transitions between car/e-cars and bike/e-bikes.

Government & Education

The road traffic licensing department in Hamburg is one of the early adopters in eGovernment. Since 2014, visitors can select their appointments online and save a lot of time. In the future, most public authorities’ services could be carried out via HD video terminal kiosks.


Stadtrad Hamburg – initiated by Deutsche Bahn – is already offering 30mins of free rides on bikes in most parts of the city and the most successful bike-sharing project in Germany. Overall, Hamburg intends to raise the share of bike rides in the mobility mix.