Introduction to Hamburg
Hamburg is a fascinating city, known for its always light breeze and countless small canals, the so-called “Fleete”.
The fact that there are far more bridges in Hamburg than in Venice and Amsterdam together seems almost unbelievable. The country’s largest seaport, the Port of Hamburg, is world-famous and is often affectionately referred to as “Germany’s gateway to the world”.
The 5 best tips for your city trip to Hamburg
Tip 1: St. Michel Church
St. Michel Church is one of Hamburg’s landmarks and can be visited outside of church services every day from 10am to 6pm.
The building, designed to have a long-distance effect, the exterior of which is clad in rough sandstone, surprises the visitor inside ,with a color scheme that draws the eye when entering the choir. There stands the high altar made of majolica, designed in expressionist forms, and realized by the Karlsruhe sculptor Emil Sutor based on a design by Herkommer.
Climbing the tower is part of the experience, and after 452 steps you reach the viewing platform and can let your eyes wander over the whole city.
Tip 2: Reeperbahn – The sinful mile
Reeperbahn stretches from Millerntor to Nobistor and Königsstraße. The entertainment mile is surrounded by well-known sights and can be quickly reached by public transport from the city center. Numerous legendary discotheques, bars and nightclubs characterize the nightlife around what is probably the most famous street in Hamburg. There are also a few celebrities from the arts and culture as well as visitors in a good mood who want to enjoy their trip to the Hanseatic city to the fullest.
Tip 3: Köhlbrand bridge
Hamburg’s Köhlbrand Bridge is affectionately known by the Hanseatic League as the Golden Gate of Hamburg.
The impressive S-shaped bridge, which leads over an arm of the Elbe, is a landmark of the Hanseatic city alongside other memorable monuments. Built in 1974, the Köhlbrandbrücke connects the old eastern parts of the port and Autobahn 1 with the new western container terminals, Autobahn 7 and the Elbe tunnel.
Tip 4: Elbphilharmonie
With the construction of the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg gave itself a new landmark: the result is a concert hall that, thanks to its impressive glass-wave architecture and interior design, is unparalleled anywhere in the world. The old Kaispeicher in the harbor as a base shows the connection with the maritime tradition of the city. Anyone who has been lucky enough to take part in one of the concerts in the Elbphilharmonie will confirm that this is a-must visit place in any Hamburg vacation.
The entire range of classical music can be experienced in the Elbphilharmonie as well as jazz concerts, solo performances by famous artists, readings, and many other formats.
Tip 5: Food and Drinks
If you’re looking for a trip with a treat for your taste, Hamburg is the right place for you.
In the Hanseatic city, located directly on the Elbe and near the North Sea, you will find the typical North German taste particularly strong. Hearty stews and vegetable dishes, lots of fish and unusual combinations, such as pears, beans, and bacon, are evidence of the variety on the plates. Various culinary journeys of discovery await you in and around Hamburg.