Many tourists visiting Germany often tend to head straight to the capital Berlin, which is, after all, the largest city. The country has a lot more to offer though, so why not choose to visit one of the equally stunning cities peppered throughout the country – a city just like Hamburg.
As Germany’s second largest city, it boasts plenty to see and do. Unusually in a country with only one strip of coastline, it is also is a port, of course on the North Sea Coast. If you’re planning a trip to Germany or simply want to find a little inspiration for where to take your next holiday, check out the tips for visiting Hamburg below.
Let’s Talk Accommodation
In a city romantically filled with canals that really do lend something to the atmosphere, ideally you want to be located close to one. And happily there is a great choice of locations to pick from. The Altstadt area is preferable as it is the oldest part of the city and one of the most picturesque. Accommodation like Fraser Suites Hamburg is ideal, since it is not only located in this charming area, surrounded by canals, but it is also conveniently close to a train station as well as the underground system.
And Getting About
Speaking of getting about the city, thanks to the extensive and efficient public transport system, visiting all of the sights is easy. Boasting buses, trains, the underground and even ferries, you can traverse the whole city without having to worry about taxi fees. Before your trip take a look at the HVV site, which has all the information about transport in Hamburg that you’re going to need for your trip.
What about the Sights
As a port as well as a large historical city, there are plenty of sights to take in during your visit. Hamburg is a charming mix of the old and the new, with large portions of the city having been rebuilt following WWII. For imposing Gothic architecture check out some of the churches or the Rathaus. For more modern German design, there is the Speicherstadt, which translates as ‘the warehouse district’. And don’t forget that Hamburg is often lauded as the Broadway of Germany, so it can be the perfect spot to take in a show too.
And Any Tasty Bites
Like any metropolis, you are always going to be able to find superior dining options, so it is well-worth taking advantage of them. The traditional cuisine of Hamburg tends to feature fish more heavily than elsewhere in Germany, so give Aalsuppe (eel soup) and Pannfisch (pan-fried fish) a try when you’re in the city. If you’re looking for what you know as a hamburger though, prepared to be disappointed – it’s an American invention! For the best restaurants, head to the HafenCity area which offers a great selection of restaurants to suit any tastes.
It’s a city that’s easy to visit and get around in, and boasts lots of things to see and do, so why not consider the vibrant and beautiful city of Hamburg for your next trip!