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About Baltimore

Bishops’ Residenz

Second only to New York’s Ellis Island in the number of immigrants who landed on its shores, Baltimore is one of America’s great melting pots. Its diverse neighborhoods, from Little Italy to Mount Vernon, lend the Maryland capital an authenticity that helped earn it the nickname “Charm City.” The picturesque Inner Harbor has been famously revitalized, boasting a branch of the National Aquarium and several decommissioned ships of the US Navy, including the USS Constellation, the last ship from the Civil War era still afloat. The seven-mile promenade also offers endless eateries where you can sample the region’s renowned Maryland blue crab. Historic Fort McHenry also looks over the harbor. During the War of 1812, the British attacked this citadel from Chesapeake Bay. But American troops defended the city and won, inspiring Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the country’s national anthem. Beyond the echoes of history on the waterfront, world-class paintings hang in the galleries of the Baltimore Museum of Art.