Unfamiliar neighbourhoods, a contemporary harbour district, variety shopping, and abundant sea food makes the German port city of Hamburg a wonderful new addition to Europe’s unexplored modern cities.
In Northern Germany, this is a treasure not many tourists flock to, but those who make the trip are likely to become repeat visitors. Rathaus is Hamburg’s neo-renaissance style architectural marvel. Sprawling and twirling athwart the city block, this city hall offers an initial clue into Hamburg’s enduring pride. Reeperbahn in St Pauli, Hamburg’s most popular and infamous street, is filled with night crawlers. Schanzenviertel, the alternate quarter, pulsates with counter culture, art, and music. The fashionable boutiques of Alster Arkaden, that also house many cafés, is abuzz with tourists looking for deals. The city is structured around the harbour, which has a major impact on the way it functions. Here’s why you should visit Hamburg.
I. Largest Seaport in Germany
Cruise ships set sail from Hamburg’s harbour through the year; one can saunter along the Alster, ascertain the renowned Warehouse District or take a snuffle of the sea air with a boat cruise through the city’s countless canals. It’s no surprise why the city’s growth and history is connected to its shipping and transportation industry. Maritime Circle Line is the water-bound variety of a hop on, hop off. Your ticket also enables you to a day of free travel between seven museums and other tourist locations in the harbour. If you are into wooden benches, the vintage exploration boat ‘Kapitän Prüsse’ departing from the St Pauli Landungsbrücken is a lot of fun, more so in the night.
II. Architectural Wonders
Pop in to Speicherstadt, a labyrinth of soaring 19th-century warehouses and tapered canals in Hamburg’s old warehouse district, also a UNESCO world heritage site that stands as a miniature world unto itself. It houses the world’s largest model railway, the city’s major unconventional surprise, which is crammed to teeming each day. The largest crowds pucker round a miniature of the airport, where every few minutes an exemplary Lufthansa airplane skates along the runway. You could be an antiquity buff, an ethos enthusiast, or a shopper; here, you can’t assume a speedy visit. miniaturwunderland.com
III. Seafood Lovers Delight
The Fish Market and fresh Fischbrötchen (fish sandwiches) give Hamburg its reputation of being delicious. If you happen to be in here on a Sunday, don’t miss out on the famed fish market that houses tonnes of seafood from the North Sea.
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- From wistful Lokstedt biscuit tins to Altonaer gin, all things local are available at Mutterland, right behind the main station, Mutterland.
- At Carls Brasserie, you get Northern German cuisines with a French accent, bistro style food—highlight being the Quiche Lorraine—and splendid views of the harbour and Elbphilharmonie to match.
- You can explore the area of Jungfernstieg and discover traditional Alsterhaus (department stores) including Hamburger Hof passage and Hanse-Viertel.
- If you are a car lover, then the Prototype automobile museum that exhibits over 40 classic sports cars including many Porsche is an absolute must-visit.
- Vlet an der Alster syndicates traditional Hamburg cuisine with stunning views overlooking the Alster. [/box]