Hamburg, Germany’s 2nd largest city, is worth visiting in Germany. The German city is home to 1.8 million inhabitants, including many of Germany’s millionaires. The 7th biggest city in the European Union, Hamburg also boasts impressive historic architecture and museums. There are also world class music performances at theatres year round. Besides the port, Hamburg is an important centre for aerospace, chemical and mechanical engineering, the media, IT and financial institutions.
The best time to visit Hamburg is during spring, when the weather is fine. Alternatively, tourists may visit during the various cultural festivals, such as the Hamburg Ballet Days, the Alster Fair and the International Fireworks Festival. The ease of getting around Hamburg is facilitated by the wide accessibility and availability of public transport such as buses, boats, taxis and the extensive train networks, U-Bahn and S-Bahn.
Hamburg’s amazing landmarks include St Michael’s Church, the Church St Nicholas, Speicherstadt, and the grand Rathaus, all of which boast imposing gothic façades. Trips to the numerous museums in Hamburg will also prove worthwhile. Visit the Decorative Arts Musuem which houses one of the most stunning arrays of decorative arts. The exceptional Art Nouveau interiors and antique keyboard instruments on display present a refreshing notion of a museum. Admission is free. Besides the Decorative Arts Musuem, it would be interesting to spend a day at the German Customs Museum and Afghan Musuem at Speicherstadt.
Along River Alster, visitors may find many elegant buildings including the Alsterarkaden that houses shops and cafes. From fine dining to casual family restaurants which serves German fare, Hamburg has a wide selection when it comes to food. Visitors could enjoy a hearty breakfast or grab a quick sandwich for lunch. Alternatively, they could relax with a soothing cup of coffee at the many cafes available. Some places to dine at include Hamburg Diner and the family restaurant, Deitsch Eck (Dutch Corner).
Browsing through the colorful and bustling Fischmarkt may allow visitors to discover good bargains in merchandises and grocery. If the place gets especially crowded on Sunday, tourists can turn to the different clothing stores and souvenir shops at the Reeperbahn, or the shops along the main retail street, Mönckebergerstrasse.
Other Hamburg points of interest include the picturesque Hamburg Park which opens from 7am to 8pm, or go hiking along the Richard Etchberger Memorial Trail up to the Pinnacle for breathtaking views of the city.