In December 2006, there were 1,754,182 people registered as living in Hamburg. Like elsewhere in Germany, Standard German is spoken in Hamburg, but as typical for northern Germany, the original language of Hamburg is Low German, usually referred to as Hamborger Platt (German Hamburger Platt).
The many streams, rivers & canals throughout Hamburg are crossed by some 2,500 bridges, more than London, Amsterdam & Venice put together. Hamburg has more bridges inside its city limits than any other city in the world & more canals than Amsterdam & Venice combined. The Köhlbrandbrücke, Freihafen Elbbrücken, & Lombardsbrücke & Kennedybrücke dividing Binnenalster from Aussenalster are important roadways.
Europe’s largest inner-city development in 2008, the HafenCity, will house about 10,000 inhabitants & 15,000 workers. The plan includes designs by Rem Koolhaas & Renzo Piano. The Elbe Philharmonic (Elbphilharmonie), expected to be completed by December 2016, will house concerts in a building on top of an old warehouse, designed by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron.