Have you ever thought of having a holiday in Hamburg? Mummy went to Germany as a teenager and would love to go back one day.
As Germany’s second-largest city, Hamburg has activities, sights, culture and history for visitors of all ages, promising a brilliant holiday for everyone.
Hamburg is by the river Elbe and has become one of Germany’s wealthiest cities, having the country’s largest port from where international trade has flourished. A shuttle service takes visitors to maritime sites such as the Internationales Maritimes Museum, a old brick-shipping warehouse displaying the world’s biggest private collection of seafaring history and objects.
Other stops are the Miniatur Wunderland model railway attraction, the largest of its kind worldwide, and the Auswanderermuseum BallinStadt. This memorial park and museum commemorate a former emigration station, in use between 1850 to the early 1930s by Europeans enroute to the Americas.
The Beatles spent some time here before they became famous and fans still seek out their haunts.
Today, a lively music scene of bands and singers continue the tradition around the harbour side.
Galleries cater for all tastes, covering traditional, modern, photographic and decorative arts.Other museums include a hands-on spice experience, the Panoptikum of wax models and the Hamburg Dungeon.
Shopaholics will love the Jungfernstieg and its beautiful Binnenalster lake. The pedestrianised street has a lovely promenade, a favourite for locals who have been enjoying a coffee along with a lake-view at Alster-Pavillon since 1799. (Mummy likes the sound of this!)
A visit to Sunday’s early-morning Fishmarkt on the riverside sounds fun to haggle for fresh fish, vegetables, flowers, fruit and morewhilst listening to live music.
The familiar landmark of St Michaelis or Der Michel as it’s called, is Northern Germany’s biggest Protestant baroque church. Breathtaking views wait for those who climb its tower, while the crypt has a multimedia exhibit on Hamburg’s history.
The tall tower of Mahnmal St-Nicholai also provides a panorama of the surroundings, but the crypt exhibition here shows the horrors of war.
Hamburg boasts two UNESCO World Heritage districts, both awarded for their roles in nineteenthcentury trade, Speicherstadt as a complex of warehouses and Kontorhaus for its port-related business buildings, with the ten-storey modernist Chilehaus as its highlight.
Visitors in a hurry can search for late offers on websites such as couporando.co.uk. Once in Hamburg, they can find guided tours on foot, by bus, boat and bike, by day or at night, so they can see the best sights of the city.
Have you ever had a holiday in Hamburg?