I received an old painting and wonder if it depicts a real place. The person I received the painting from, is from Germany (but unavailable for questions). However, the painting could very well be fictional and may or may not be a copy of a famous work.
Hopefully someone can either recognize the area or if is is a copy of a famous work then we may be able to find out the location.
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I noticed that two ships in the picture feature a tricolored horizontal blue/black-white-red flag. This may hint to a potential location. Flag option 1 Flag option 2
Considering that the previous owner is from Germany may be a strong hint to a location in Germany.