Hamburg – The Seaport City

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Hamburg – The Seaport City

Hamburg: A Maritime City In Germany

Hamburg is the second largest seaport city in Germany and is famous as a vibrant trading port and for the Beatles! There is so much to see and do that a visit here could take you some days if you want to take in all the experiences on offer.

Not only is there the world famous Reeperbahn with festivals featuring every kind of music, the city is one of the most attractive destinations in Europe and has more than 111 million visitors every year.

Exploring Historical Hamburg

In the middle ages, Hamburg joined the Hanseatic League, a confederation of towns and merchant guilds that helped to establish the city as a commercial stronghold in Germany. One of the most important parts of the city is the port which has helped in its development. Hamburg was extended during the Thirty Year’s War which has led to part of the city still being called the ‘new town’.

A Vibrant And Exciting City Seaport

Hamburg offers a lot of contrasting sides to its nature. The Reeperbahn is well known as the sinful side of the city where entertainment of every kind goes on 24 hours a day. However, there is another more cultural side to Hamburg where you can see stunning villas, walk around hillsides that overlook the Elbe River and see the beautiful churches.

One of the landmark churches is St Nicholas which was once the tallest building in the world. It has a towering spire that measures 482 feet in height. St Catherine’s church is covered with copper plate and the town hall was built in 1897 and is richly decorated in a neo Renaissance style.

Hamburg Has Musicals And Much More

Like the city of London, Hamburg is well known for putting on musicals and it is noted as the third largest musical location after London and New York. You will always be able to see a production of The Lion King or Cats.

Like its previous incarnation as a home to the Beatles, Hamburg has nurtured many musicians who have gone onto fame and it is the place where electronic music really first took off. There are 60 theatres and museums and more than 60 art galleries.

Like many other ports in Europe, Hamburg is renowned for the fresh fish that is served in the many restaurants in the city. Try one of the excellent seafood restaurants after a day of sightseeing around this magnificent city port.

Where To Stay In Hamburg

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Park Hyatt Hamburg

The spacious and elegant rooms at the Park Hyatt Hotel have a private bathroom, free Wi-Fi and a flat screen TV. The hotel also has an indoor pool and free spa facilities. Every guest receives a welcome pack of fruit and mineral water and the hotel is well situated at just 100 metres from the heart of the city.

Inside the hotel is a unique floating bar in the Apples restaurant where you can enjoy regional dishes that have been cooked in a wood oven. The Park Hyatt is just a quarter of a mile from the main train station in Hamburg and a stay here will make your trip to this fabulous city a most enjoyable experience.

Hotel Atlantic Kempinski Hamburg

A classic hotel that is situated on Außenalster Lake, the Hotel Atlantic Kempinski is hidden behind a grand facade that evokes the history of this city port. An indoor swimming pool, movie theatre and gourmet food make this establishment one of the best in Hamburg.

Every room was renovated in 2012 so you will enjoy comfort and relaxation in accommodation that has a flat screen TV, a marble bathroom and each one has a different colour scheme. The Atlantic Restaurant serves dishes of International flavour and regional specialities. Free use of the sauna and an exclusive beauty salon are also features that go to make this hotel an excellent choice for your stay in Hamburg.

Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten

The beautiful Alster Lake is the setting for the Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten and it is just over a kilometre to the city centre. With excellent gourmet cuisine and a luxury spa with fitness room, the hotel also offers free Wi-Fi and spacious rooms with rich decor.

You can partake of the buffet breakfast and the hotel serves an excellent afternoon tea in the Cafe Condi. Restaurant Haerlin offers European and Asian dishes alongside local specialities and it is rated with two Michelin stars. Just close enough to the city so that you can enjoy some superb shopping and sightseeing trips, this hotel is a favourite with returning visitors to Hamburg.

How To Get To Hamburg

By Air

Luckily Hamburg has its own airport, Hamburg (HAM),and this is only a 15 minute drive away from the city. There are good train links and the road are well signposted. The S Bah train takes only 25 minutes to take you to the city.

By Train

The S Bahn train number 1 goes from the airport terminal to Hamburg main station. The train runs every 10 minutes and it takes around 25 minutes.

By Road

Leave the airport terminal on the B433. Continue on this road and take the Rothenbaumchaussee to Steinstraße. Follow signs for the city centre. The journey time is only 20 minutes as long as the traffic is light. Some of the roads on this route have restricted entry.

Other Attractions To Visit At Hamburg

Try A River Cruise To See The City

Hamburg is a city that is based around its port and the waterfront has many restaurants, bars and shops. A different way to view the city is to go on a cruise around the harbour where you can see up close the many attractive places to visit.

Walking around the River Elbe there is also the historical underground stations. The Hanseatic city of Hamburg is full of wonderful places to see.

Something Different To See In Hamburg

The tunnel under the river is a technical masterpiece. Der Alte Elbtunnel is also known as St. Pauli Elbtunnel and it was the first ever European tunnel to go under a river. Modelled on the Clyde tunnel in Scotland, the Elbtunnel was built and opened in 1911.

Today it is under conservation but you can walk the length of the tunnel which has featured in many famous films. Every year there is a running event that takes place in the tunnel, the Elbtunnel-Marathon.

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