Enjoy a short break in Hamburg, Germany
Hamburg is a major port city located on the Elbe River in northern Germany. With a population of nearly 2 million, it’s Germany's second-largest city.
Since joining the Hanseatic League trading bloc in the Middle Ages, Hamburg has been defined by its maritime past. Today, it remains a dynamic, multicultural and hedonistic place, as well as being Germany’s media centre and wealthiest city.
Hamburg has a more laid back, self-assured feel than Germany’s other major cities, making it a great place to visit.
Enjoy plenty of atmosphere in Hamburg
To the west of Hamburg's central train station you’ll find an area dominated by shops, revolving round Spitaler Straße and Mönckebergstraße, which leads to the town hall. The churches of St. Jacobi and St. Petri are located near to Mönckebergstraße.
Older sites include the ruins of an 11th century bishop’s tower, and there are currently excavations in progress, seeking the remains of the 9th century Hammaburg fortress.
Hamburg’s harbour area, with its landing stage, massive container ships and surrounding warehouses, is the city’s main attraction. You’ll also find the Hamburg Dungeon, the Miniatur Wonderland (the world’s largest model railway) and the Hamburg Cruise Centre (a building constructed using shipping containers, offering excellent views) here.
Behind the warehouse district, the HafenCity is a newly-developed area which has transformed the post-industrial environment with some impressive architecture. Opening in 2012, the new Elb-Philharmonic concert hall is set to become Hamburg’s premier architectural site, with a design to rival the Sydney Opera House. If you want to get away from Hamburg’s glass and metal landscape, you can take a cruise from the Binnenalster (Inner Alster) to the Aussenalster and the surrounding parkland.
If you want to experience Hamburg’s traditional cuisine, there are plenty of places to go (expect strong Scandinavian influences). The food on offer in Hamburg is incredibly diverse though – you’ll find Portuguese, Turkish, Asian and more in the vibrant St Pauli and Schanzenviertel areas.
The Reeperbahn is Hamburg’s red light district and its nightlife hub. Also check out the Schanzenviertel, or head to Lange Reihe street and Grossneumarkt square for a selection of pubs and bars.
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