A city break to Hamburg in Northern Germany is a location worth considering for a short holiday stay. Hamburg is situated between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea; it sustained substantial damage in World War II. Hamburg has the second largest port in Europe.
Dominating the city centre is the splendid Rathaus (Town Hall) with impressive architecture and an amazing 46metre long banquet hall it is well worth visiting, conducted tours are offered in English.
As you explore the city centre you can mix a little sightseeing with some shopping, in the arcades and the streets there are many shopping opportunities whether you are looking for designer labels or antiques, jewellery or fashion there are small shops, boutiques, and department stores aplenty.
You can stop off at a street café for some refreshment and a rest! In the heart of the city is Lake Alster, surrounded by parks it makes a lovely location
to spend some time. You can enjoy a stroll on the promenades or relax in a lakeside café, hire a pedal or rowing boat. If you prefer something more leisurely take a trip on a steamboat, these sightseeing tours explore other canals that branch off Lake Alster.
Near the Alster are various museums and exhibitions which may be of interest. The Speicherstadt is a popular visitor attraction
this ancient brick-built warehouse complex is the historical centre of the Port of Hamburg.
There are two ‘museum ships’ the Cap San Diego which was a freight ship and the “Rickmer Rickmers” which is a fully restored sailing boat, some of you may be interested in seeing. There are churches of note that you may like to visit Michaeliskirche whose 132m tower offers splendid views of the city and port, the Jacobikirche is another of the four main medieval churches in Hamburg.
Other sites of interest include “Peter Street” situated in the west of Hamburg’s New Town; this pedestrian street is where you see facade replicas of bourgeois houses dating from 1610-1780. You might prefer to take advantage of a city tour if you are on a short holiday break these take in the popular visitor attractions including the city’s historical buildings and the harbour area.
Hamburg can offer lively nights out at one of the bars, discos and clubs around the city, the trendy area of St. Pauli, a favourite, bars and clubs stay open until late.
The infamous Reeperbahn or Kiez as it is also known is in the St. Pauli district and is the city’s Red Light District. There are theatres to enjoy and some good restaurants for an evening meal.
Hamburg is a cosmopolitan city with plenty of attractions to suit all age-groups if you are visiting the city with children they will enjoy a visit to Carl Hagenbeck’s Tier park (Hamburg Zoo) with over 2000 animals it makes a great day out. You need to take the U Bahn to Hagenbeck. There are various accommodation choices from budget and standard hotels to bed/breakfast guest houses etc depending on your personal needs and budget you should find something suitable. If you would like more information on any of the items mentioned try www.hamburg-tourism.de they should be able to help. There are daily flights from the U.K. to Hamburg airport daily. Spring and summer are the best times to visit the city.
(If you are visiting Hamburg just before Christmas you can enjoy the atmosphere of a traditional Christmas Market the one held in front of the Town Hall is most impressive with around a hundred stalls.)