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From fine dining to festivals, take a trip to the lively, cosmopolitan city of Hamburg…
As Hamburg prepares to open the doors of what will be the biggest congress center in Germany, the city already has taken steps to cement its reputation as a top meetings and events destination.
It can happen whenever, wherever, however—the moment of coup de foudre, of falling in love with the world.
The gateway to the world: This is Hamburg’s label which for some, might be a rather daring claim, but as a major port city, Hamburg’s maritime background contributed to the creation of the city’s
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Is Hamburg the new Berlin? If not yet, the northern German city is getting darn close in the sweepstakes for happening destinations. The once-mighty trading power on the Elbe river is certainly drawing plenty of fans of late for its booming profile of projects, such as the HafenCity, the “harbor city” that is one of Europe’s biggest urban renewal schemes.
And then there is the stunning new Elbphilharmonie concert hall at the edge of the HafenCity, as well as some fourteen major hotels in the works, to go along with the elegant Fontenay property that just opened on Lake Alster. Yet for all the new development and newly-resurrected areas, the city’s main cultural sights remain surprisingly easy to reach on foot, or are always just a short ride one from another.
Known for a rich musical and intellectual past, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg was always independent and was never hung up on Kaisers.
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Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city and the second busiest port in Europe, has a wealth of attractions not to be missed on a Germany vacation.
My first visit to Hamburg was at a time when it was part of Western Germany. That was a while ago, and my next visit was much later when Germany had been reunited. Over that period of time, I felt that, although my original stay was very interesting and enjoyable, on my subsequent visit, I was experiencing an even more vital and vibrant city. Let’s look at some of the major attractions of Hamburg to convince you to add it to your list of cities for your next trip to Germany.
The first thing that comes to mind regarding my first time in Hamburg is the two lakes which take up a chunk of the centre of the city. These delightful and extremely attractive lakes are called the Aussenalster (the Outer Alster), the larger of the two, and the Binnenalster (Inner Alster), and are connected by the Kennedy Bridge.
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WHEN The Beatles pitched up in the Hamburg red light district in the summer of 1960 they were an under-rehearsed rock and roll covers band with five members who had only met their drummer two days before travelling.
By the time they left in 1962 they had released their first single and were on their way to conquering the world and changing the face of pop music forever.
The fascinating story of how the Fab Four were moulded into the supergroup they became by their experiences in Hamburg was the highlight of my visit to the city, as it was told by professional musician Stefanie Hempel on a guided tour of the St Pauli district.
At the heart of St Pauli is the Reeperbahn which still has strip clubs and sex boutiques but is also the home of the Beatles-Platz, where tourists can pose with statues of the band on a piazza designed to look like an old-fashioned vinyl record.
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You’re either an Elbe river or an Alster lake kind of person,” said Lydia, a geborene Hamburgerin, or a local born and raised in Hamburg, who I met on a bridge in HafenCity.
The maritime city is defined by the ebb and flow of water. The Elbe, the city’s industrial shipping artery, is an immense tidal river that courses into the North Sea. On my visit, the second largest harbour in Europe seemed endless, with rows and rows of vessels from all corners of the globe, locks, canals and titanic cranes that from afar look like characters straight out of Transformers.
Then, emerging from the banks of the river like a glacier, was the glass-panelled Elbphilharmonie, the city’s new concert hall designed by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron.
Classified as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 2015, Hamburg’s historic maritime warehouse and business districts are marvels of early Modernist red-brick architecture.
The optical illusion is uncanny and amazing. The Chilehaus (“Chile House”), one of Hamburg’s most iconic buildings – with its six stories of cement and brick and its angled façade – resembles an ocean liner sailing through the urban seas.
This building is the departure point for a beautiful architectural cruise along the streets and canals of this northern German city.
The “bow” of the Chilehaus can be seen from the Steinstrasse metro exit. This is the entrance to the Kontorhaus (“counting house”) district. Along with the adjacent Speicherstadt (“city of warehouses”), this business district was listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO in July 2015.