February 21, 2017

Hamburg, Germany – the Highlights

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Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city and has a big personality all of its own. It offers something for everyone, whether you’re a culture vulture, shopaholic, outdoor lover or history enthusiast.

This northern German city between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea is one of the busiest ports in Europe. The city centre is built around two artificial lakes and a network of canals. Take a stroll along its many waterways to see why it’s called “The Venice of the North”. Spare time to visit the local fish market, the Merchants District – take a boat tour or jump on a ferry. Even in summer the wind can be brisk, so pack a sweater.

Green Spaces

Hamburg is full of green spaces, waterfront walkways and bike paths. Budget conscious tourists can stroll through the cobbled streets window-shopping and see the buildings change from old brick warehouses to uber-modern architecture by crossing any of the 2,300 bridges that span the canals. Walking around the two lakes or relaxing along the banks of the river is a free and an enjoyable way to spend some time. Or take a tour, public transport or rent a bike. In the summer you can go swimming, kayaking and sailing or take a boat tour on the lakes, and in the winter, go ice-skating. Hamburg is one of Europe’s greenest cities. Planten und Blomen Park is among the most visited with its old botanical garden, the largest Japanese garden in Europe, a tropical house and numerous children’s activities. Another popular attraction is Hagenbeck Zoo, home to over 200 different animal species and a four level aquarium.

Art and Culture

For culture enthusiasts, there are loads of museums and art galleries. The Maritime Museum explains Hamburg’s maritime history and the Miniatur Wunderland has the largest model railroad in the world. While Spicy’s Spice Market inter-active museum has over 800 exhibits and different spices to touch, smell and try.
For art lovers, there are seven centuries of art, from medieval to contemporary, in the Kunsthalle’s three different buildings. And a visit to the Deichtorhallen is a must for lovers of contemporary art and photography.
Architectural wonders abound with many significant churches, such as St. Nicholas, which was the tallest building in the world for a short time in the 19th century, and St. Michael’s whose bell tower has beautiful views of the city.

Vibrant Night Life

At night, Hamburg has a vibrant vibe, from classical concerts to loud club music. St. Pauli and the Reeperbahn area are full of clubs, while Schanzenviertel has more laid back bars. A must-see for many tourists is the red-light district of Reeperbahn, where you can retrace the steps of the Beatles before they became famous.