Along the banks of the Ohio River and tucked amid rolling hills that are home to its historic and eclectic neighborhoods, Cincinnati is a major Midwestern hub of commerce, art, family attractions, and entertainment. When it became an important rail and river hub, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow pronounced it the "Queen City of the West." Settled primarily by Germans in the 19th century, Cincinnati today remains a clean, attractive, and dynamic urban center, where life proceeds at an unhurried pace.