Hamburg is the largest port in Germany and has never been afraid to assert itself as a significant destination for tourists, opting to name itself the “Gateway to the World” in reference to its fusion of maritime spirit and cultural diversity. Perhaps due, in part, to this brazen confidence, it is now also the nation’s wealthiest city and a media hub. There’s no denying the self-assured allure of this vibrant and cosmopolitan city.
Although there is no direct route to Hamburg, you can take one of our ferries to Amsterdam or France and enjoy a scenic drive to Germany in just a few hours.
What to see
You can the wander the private Internationales Maritimes Museum where Hamburg’s seafaring past is preserved. A revamped shipping warehouse and also a cabinet of curiosities, the museum also holds the world’s largest private collection of maritime treasures, including an astonishing 26,000 model ships. If you’d also like to experience the culture firsthand there’s the Illuminated Hamburg City Tour and Evening Cruise.
The Red Double Decker Bus will take you for a ride to the serene Outer Alster Lake, followed by a wonderful boat cruise, sipping sparkling wine and bathing in the twinkling light of Hamburg after dark. Alternatively, if you’d like an excuse to stay up all Saturday night, every Sunday from 5-10am there’s a lively market called the Fischmarkt in St Pauli. Look forward to the songs of boisterous Marktschreier (market criers), happily hawking their wares, as well as a catalogue of classic German pop played by live bands in the adjacent Fischauktionshalle (Fish Auction Hall).
Why visit Hamburg?
Hamburg isn’t just about work, despite the fact it’s been in business with the world since the Middle Ages. Occasionally it does let its hair down, especially along the harbor, which plays host to a buzzing live and electronic music scene. Expect a wide variety of activities and little quirks like early morning markets and multicultural eateries.
As a classic maritime city, you’ll also never be too far from the sanative cawing of gulls or the gentle lapping of water. Even just walking the streets can be an exciting experience, whether you stroll by the water, watching boats bobbing in their births, or just sit and people watch in the city’s exquisite, elegant streets.
Where to stay
Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city so you’re never short for a place to lay your head. However, most accommodation does require advance booking, as the city is a popular tourist and business destination. Visit our hotel partner booking.com for a full list of accommodation available, which you can pre-book for your convenience.
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