Welcome to the website of The American International Society in Hamburg e.V., the City’s new rendezvous for American expatriates and all others with an affinity for America. If you are a Hamburg resident, are relocating to Hamburg, or are just visiting the Hamburg area, look no further. In this very international City, we are a truly cosmopolitan, English-speaking group, hailing from all corners of the globe and all walks of life. We are advocates of the “American Way.” We support personal freedom, democracy, free enterprise, and respect for human rights, and – last but not least – we cherish America’s unfailing optimism. Every member can find something here of interest, be it social, cultural, civic, economic or spiritual. Our activities include celebration of US holidays such as Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. An annual highlight is our New Year’s Reception. At our monthly American International Dinner Meetings, which always feature a distinguished guest speaker, we encourage members and guests to exchange ideas by stirring, shaking and mixing today’s most challenging topics. Our membership roster includes an ever-increasing number of foreign nationals – and we like it that way.
Hamburg’s origin dates back to the early 9th Century. Located on the mighty Elbe River, some 65 miles (105 km) inland from the North Sea, the City has developed over the centuries into Germany’s largest and Europe’s second largest port and is now Germany’s second largest City. Hamburg currently hosts Consulates from some 100 countries, currently third in the world after Hong Kong (117) and New York City (113). One of Hamburg’s currently nine Sister Cities is Chicago. The City’s connection to America is a strong and dynamic one. At the turn of the 19th Century, millions of European emigrants left for America via Hamburg’s what is now called Port of Dreams in pursuit of new lives. They landed at New York’s Ellis Island and helped to build the nation that has since greatly influenced the world we live in today.
The American International Society in Hamburg is a member of the Association of American Clubs, which I founded in 2003 while I was serving The American Club of Hamburg as President.