True, this city boasts an incredibly vibrant nightlife that includes innumerable bars, clubs and, yes, strips joints, but there’s a lot more to Hamburg than what goes down on the Reeperbahn every night. This is a city with a diverse collection of neighbourhoods including boho Schanzenviertel and Altstadt, which is home to some of Hamburg’s top sights. There are plenty of cultural attractions to be enjoyed in this city too, including the Hamburger Kunsthalle as well as numerous other art galleries, museums and churches. Hamburg is also a city with much to offer in terms of natural beauty, from parks like Planten un Blomen and the Stadtpark to the city’s impressive lakes. One of the most popular destinations in Germany, Tourism in Hamburg really does have something to suit all appetites.
Hagenbecks Tierpark: The Carl Hagenbeck Tierpark in Hamburg Stellingen was the world’s first zoo with open air enclosures. With over 2,500 animals it is one of the major attractions in Hamburg. You can find all kinds of animals including elephants, tigers, zebras and so forth and besides you can visit a botanical garden and a tropical aquarium.
Chilehaus: Among other famous buildings like the Rathaus in the city centre, there is the impressing building of the Chilehouse in the merchant district. The brown-brick house resembles a ship or ocean liner with curved walls and balconies that look like decks. The architect of the Chilehaus was Fritz Höger and he designed the building in 1924 for a merchant who was mainly trading with Chile.
Süllberg: One of the richest suburbs in Hamburg is Blankenese at the Elbe River. You can find some of the most expensive houses in Germany in this area. Directly at the coastline of the Elbe River the 75 meter high Süllberg Hill is located with many houses at the hillside. Besides looking at huge mansions or relaxing in one of the numerous cafés and restaurants, the famous attraction of this area is the labyrinth of narrow old streets with a network of 58 stairways.
Walking in a wonderland: The largest model railway in the world can be marveled at in the Miniature Wonderland Hamburg. On more than 6000 square meters, visitors are invited to explore Hamburg without walking a lot. The city with its landmarks such as the Michel, the harbor or the Landungsbrücken is completely rebuilt with great attention to detail.
By plane: Hamburg Airport is located a mere 8 kilometers outside the city and getting from there to the city centre is easy. You can either catch a taxi right outside of arrivals or you can hop on the S-Bahn at the airport station. The trip takes around 25 minutes and services run every 10 minutes during the day.
By train: Hamburg’s Hauptbahnhof, which is the city’s central train station, is located on Hachmannplatz. Services from a wide selection of German and European cities terminate at the station, including trains from Berlin, Cologne, Munich, Copenhagen, Zurich and Prague.
By bus: Hamburg’s main bus station welcomes arrivals from all across Germany as well as various other cities throughout Europe. Buses from Berlin arrive at this station a number of times during the day.