Few cities in the world give as warm a welcome to their guests as Hamburg. Get going and experience how it feels to be in one of the wealthiest cities of the world. The place has the energy that’s perhaps second to no other city in the world. Its finest theaters remind you of Paris, the red open-top buses will be a delight for Londoners, and the dreamy waterways within the city are reminiscent of Venice. Visiting Hamburg is akin to enjoying the best of Europe.
Places to Visit in Hamburg
Some of the best places to visit in Germany have Hamburg as their address. Here’s the list of popular tourist attractions:
Speicherstadt – Almost a century-old UNESCO World Heritage Site, Speicherstadt is a red-brick neo-Gothic architecture and the world’s largest continuous warehouse complex. You can behold the best of Speicherstadt by hiring a flat tour boat and sailing through River Elbe. The complex houses a number of museums, cafes, and shops.
Tierpark Hagenbeck – This zoological park in Hamburg is spread over an area of 27 hectares and is home to around 2,500 animals including toucans, orangutans, elephants, and tigers. The zoo also houses an enormous aquarium, an Art Deco gate, a Japanese Garden, and a Nepalese Temple.
Süllberg Hill– A mere 15 km from the Hamburg city center, Süllberg Hill accommodates some of the most expensive and finest dwellings in all of Germany. To make the most of your visit to this spectacular site, walk down the labyrinth of cobbled streets. The panoramic view of River Elbe is best enjoyed from the top of this hill.
Mahnmal St. Nikolai– Technically a Gothic Revival Church, Mahnmal St. Nikolai enjoyed the status of the tallest man-made structure (148 meters) in the world till 1876. Mostly damaged during World War II, the church houses an underground exhibition hall depicting the atrocities of the war.
Hamburg is home to a wide range of museums and galleries that are a treat for the tourists visiting the city. Museum of Arts and Crafts, Museum of Ethnology, Hamburg Museum, Hamburger Kunsthalle, International Maritime Museum, and Elbe Philharmonic Hall are some of the sites that find a place in itineraries.
Things to Do in Hamburg
To see the best of Hamburg, you can rent a bicycle, a car or a motorbike. Travelers can also count on public transport.
Go boating or cruising by opting for the harbor shuttle service called Maritime Circle Line. It connects the maritime cultural destinations of Hamburg like Miniatur-Wunderland, Hafenmuseum, and Auswanderermuseum BallinStadt.
Hotels in Hamburg
The Park Hyatt, Grand Elysee, and Side are the luxury hotels in the city. Mid-range accommodations such as East, Arcotel Rubin, Hotel Europäischer Hof, Scandic Hamburg Emporio, Barceló Hamburg, Radisson Blu Hotel, and InterCityHotel Hauptbahnhof will make you feel at home. The 25hours Hotel in Hafen City, Meininger Hotel, Hotel Miramar, Empire Riverside Hotel, Hotel Mare, Hotel Village, and Hotel Alsterblick are the best bets for a budget traveler.
Restaurants in Hamburg
A bustling city like Hamburg has a lot to offer and the same holds true when it comes to food. Around 2,400 of the 4,000 odd eateries in Hamburg offer overseas cuisines. Get the best of Germany at Oberhafenkantine. Café Paris, as the name suggests, brings the taste of France to your platter. Sgroi and La Vela are famous for Italian cuisines. For Japanese food, visit Matsumi. Try Europe’s famous delicacies at Das Weisse Haus, and for sea food, head over to Die Bank.
Where is Hamburg?
Hamburg is the second largest city of Germany situated in the northern part of the country.
How to Reach?
By Air – The Hamburg International Airport is around 11 km from the city center and a 25-minute drive will take you there.
By Train – The Hamburg Railway Station is situated in the heart of the city and is connected by road to all nearby cities and towns.
By Road – The city of Hamburg has an extensive network of road. It ensures great connectivity to nearby areas.
Best Time to Visit Hamburg
October to April is the best time to visit this German city as the weather during these months remains pleasantly cool and sees a bit of rain. Summer (between May and September) can be scorching hot.
Facts about Hamburg
- Total area of Hamburg is approximately 755 sq. km.
- Hamburg is home to 50 government and private museums and galleries, 10 cabarets, 6 music halls, and 31 theaters.
- The port area of Hamburg is the largest in Germany, covering 10 per cent of the entire city. It covers an area of 7,200 hectares.
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