Hamburg is a historic city that manages to effortlessly combine old and new to create a haven for holidaymakers looking for an urban break with a difference. A popular stop on mini cruises to this part of Europe, Germany’s second largest city is packed with things to see and do, whatever holiday experience you’re looking for.
History buffs will fall in love with the wealth of old buildings and museums that are dotted around the metropolis and particularly concentrated in the Altstadt district – just a few highlights include the St Michaelis Church, a fine example of baroque design, as well as the Krameramtswohnungen, a set of shopkeeper office flats built in the 17th century.
If you love the water, you can explore Hamburg’s harbor, take barge tours and visit the city’s several museum ships, or head further inland to the Alster lake, which offers a fantastic location for a lazy summer afternoon or two.
Shopaholics will want to make the most of the Jungfernstieg shopping street, which comprises a picturesque row of department stores and outlets. A highlight here is the Alster-Pavillon, where you can take a break from perusing potential purchases and sip a coffee while taking in stunning views of the lake.
If you begin to hanker for a spot of nature after spending a few hours in the bustling city, you can head to one of Hamburg’s numerous parks and green spaces. One of the most popular of these is the beautiful Planten un Blomen botanical garden, as well as the Stadtpartk.
You might also want to head to Hagenbeck Zoo, the perfect attraction for both little and big kids alike. Hamburg’s nightlife is particularly diverse, as the city boasts many bars, pubs, restaurants and music venues to take in. If you want a real adventure, why not spend an evening in the St Pauli part of Hamburg while onshore?
While it is perhaps best known for harbouring the Reeperbahn red light district, you will also find an eclectic range of night-time diversions, such as Asian restaurants and punk discos, as well as contemporary bars and theaters.