The Prince and Princess of Asturias traveled to Germany to inaugurate the headquarters of the Instituto Cervantes in Hamburg, is in the Chilehaus building, an architectural jewel of the twenties located two steps from the harbor and the town hall in the heart of the German metropolis. Upon arrival, they received the affection of those present and Princess Letizia was presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.
During his speech, Prince Felipe talked about the so-called "crisis of cucumber" and stressed that the "excellent relations" and "deep friendship" between Spain and Germany, will help, along with the European Union, to find a solution to the problem happening with the Spanish fruit and vegetable sector. To conclude, the prince sent the authorities his "deepest and sincere condolences" of Spain deaths to the outbreak of E. coli and wished many victims to recover as soon as possible: "The Princess and I would dedicate these feelings, with all our heart, to the family members and friends of all the victims and also to the authorities. "
Moreover, the Prince of Asturias said that "the interest in Spanish continues to grow as a result of greater exchange of goods and services, investment flows, or cooperation in R&D with the Latin American region growing intensively in recent years, despite the international economic and financial crisis, with increasingly important role internationally. "
After his speech, Felipe discovered near Princess Letizia a commemorative plaque and toured the facilities of the new headquarters next to the center's director, Helena Cortez Gabaudan, head of the Instituto Cervantes and Carmen Caffarel, the second mayor of Hamburg, Dorothee Stapelfeldt, and the Secretaries of State for Foreign Affairs of Germany, Wolf-Ruthart Born, and Foreign Affairs Secretary of Spain and Latin America, Juan Antonio Yanez-Barnuevo.
During his visit, the Prince and Princess of Asturias inaugurated an exhibition of paintings by the Argentinian artist Martha Zuik, which displays 30 oils and acrylics painted on canvas and paper, and visited the library, which has 9,000 volumes. A particularly one has more than 1,500 DVD movies in Spanish and nearly 3,000 books to teach Spanish as a foreign language.