Hamburg, you are the freshly cleaned and ironed light-blue shirt, which one likes to wear on Sundays for teatime at strangers´. – Annett Louisan
This well-said lyric by a German singer reflects Hamburg´s beauty as a Hanseatic city. Being the second largest in Germany, Hamburg is known as a popular weekend excursion among Germans, as well as people around the world.
The best way to start a tour through the city is always the city center. In this case it is the Jungfernstieg which is at the southern shore of the Alster, a large lake embedded into the city, and worth a boat tour or a 7 km walk around it. The Jungfernstieg is a perfect place for a stroll and some window shopping. You will be exposed to a variety of exclusive designer brands, but also shops which are more healthy for your wallet or purse. ;)
If you are not into shopping, no problem, as the city hall is directly in site, from where you can start your cultural indulgence. To go on with this, it is an easy walk to the Unesco World Heritage site, the Speicherstadt. It is the world’s largest complex of storehouses, getting its beautiful and idyllic atmosphere from its architecture. Here you will find numerous museums and attractions. But the nicest thing to do is to take a harbor boat tour, which guides you through the canals of the Speicherstadt, showing you its beauty from a very unique perspective.
Close to the Speicherstadt are the Landungsbrücken, where you can enter boats, from very small ones to large ones. Men shouting in sailor uniforms and shops selling fish buns will cultivate the vibes of being at a harbor and close to the sea. If you are an early bird, do not miss the fish market on a Sunday morning until 10am. Later in the day, when the market criers offer their foods you will be awake anyway. And if you are looking for some music, there is always a band playing in the fish market hall, where you can have your first coffee or even a beer.
If you are more of a nightlife person, you won´t have to search long. From the harbor the famous Reeperbahn is not far away. In this area the red light district goes hand in hand with a lot of nightclubs, pubs and bars. If you are more into the historic background of this area, you can book a night tour with local and very exceptional guides, which enlighten you with interesting stories about the Reeperbahn.
If you want to take it more easily after a long sightseeing day, visit the Sternschanze, which offers a variety of bars, cafés and typical Hamburg pubs.
Hamburg is a city with many facets and definitely worth a visit. And if you decide to come, do not forget your umbrella!