With its maritime charm and cosmopolitan outlook, the Hanseatic City of Hamburg is one of Europe’s most beautiful metropolises and offers its guests pure experiences of the city and nature: a variety of hotels, restaurants, theatres and shops, chic beaches on the Elbe and the green banks of the Alster, a lively harbour and city sights encompassing over 1,200 years of urban history.
The Hanseatic metropolis has more bridges than both Venice and Amsterdam combined. Lush greenery, deep blue lakes and rippling waterways in the midst of a pulsating urban jungle – Hamburg proves that urban life and the natural environment can be combined perfectly. Almost half of Hamburg’s urban region consists of recreational and green areas, nature reserves and forests. In addition, the harbour, the canals and the Alster give the Hanseatic city a unique, maritime ambience.
But Hamburg is not only wonderfully relaxed by the water. Whether by taking a stroll through the city centre or lingering awhile by the “Waterkant”, the city provides relaxing ways to pass the time. On beaches, quays and piers, and between luxurious cruise ships, gigantic container freighters and lovingly restored museum ships, this international port offers a great deal of enjoyment – including wanderlust! A tour of the harbour and the historic Speicherstadt with its old bridges is essential when visiting Hamburg.
The Elbphilharmonie is a symbol of the “music of the future”. The imposing concert hall, situated directly on the harbour, is the new city landmark in HafenCity, offering a breath-taking 360º view from the viewing platform. For an adventurous nightlife experience, Hamburg’s hip party mile, the Reeperbahn, offers numerous clubs, discos, bars, pubs and cafes.