Hamburg is the second-largest city in Germany and its famous port has played a key role in the development of the city's economic base. The title 'The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg' reflects the city's status as one of the most important ports in Europe.
Germany's greenest city is filled with beautiful parks, such as the Alter Botanischer Garten and the 'Planten un Blomen'. Lakes and canals are characteristic of Hamburg and a boat trip on the Aussenalster in the centre of the city is a wonderful way to view the skyline and its five famous towers. Hamburg's nightlife is legendary and the St Pauli quarter and the Reeperbahn red-light district have a worldwide reputation as the gaudy and seedy elements of the city. In direct contrast is the Jungfernstieg, the famous cosmopolitan street that borders the Binnenalster. The fine array of hotels, shops and offices on the Ballindamm enjoy stunning views over the water. The Rathaus (Town Hall), situated nearby, is a neo-Gothic building with 647 rooms and is the symbolic heart of Hamburg.
St Michaelis Church is famed throughout northern Germany as one of the most beautiful examples of baroque architecture. The city also boasts several impressive museums; the Kunsthalle (Fine Arts Museum), the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (Museum of Decorative Arts), the Erotic Art Museum and the Museum of Hamburg History all lend a cultural perspective to this fascinating area.
Hamburg Attractions and Sightseeing
Enjoy the best of Hamburg, including its stunning lakes, rivers and historic buildings, with this two-and-a-half hour bus tour.