Built along the River Elbe, Hamburg is laced with waterways and canals and has more bridges than Amsterdam and Venice combined. It’s the second-largest city in Germany and the world’s third-largest port. Hamburg is perfect for travellers who love to visit big cities with pumping nightlife.
Hamburg Harbour is Germany's biggest seaport and offers one of the city's most popular sightseeing tours. Cruise along the world-famous quay and explore container terminals, Hafencity and the canals of historic warehouse complexes.
Early every Sunday morning, nearly 70 000 people descend on the Fishmarkt in St Pauli. The market is over 300 years old and a hub of activity and entertainment. Market criers hawking their wares compete with bands pumping out German pop songs. Starting at 5am, the Fishmarkt is a great place to end up after staying up all of Saturday night.
German beer is the best in the world and where better to try some than at a beach bar on the shore of the River Elbe? Strandperle is easily accessible by bus or ferry and is a great spot to relax with people from all walks of life while watching as massive freighters sail past.
The Hamburger Kunsthalle art gallery may be a much more sedate attraction but it houses some incredible medieval portraiture as well as many 20th-century classics. More contemporary German artists are exhibited in the modern side of the gallery, accessible through an underground passage.
In the heart of the Kontorhaus District, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015, stands the Chilehaus. Built in 1924 for a merchant who had made his wealth in Chile, this building is shaped like an ocean liner and a perfect example of the Backsteingotik style of building.