We’re pretty used to seeing cities with distinct, carved identities… but it’s not everyday we come across a city with almost every identity in the book, rolled into one. Musical, artistic, historical, industrial, political — and yet each one distinctly shines atop the rest, resulting in a mosaic-like character of wonder and curiosity. Sounds like a fictional city? Welcome to Hamburg!
Historically known as the “Gateway To The World”, Hamburg has stood the test of time. It is one of Germany’s most affluent cities, a distinction it has retained since the olden days. It merges its maritime history with a futuristic outlook. It also merges its history of trade and world politics with music and the arts, birthing such people as Brahms and Mendelssohn. Its architecture is both modern and medieval, with a WW2 bunker-turned-nightclub leading this curious pack.
Don’t miss exciting sights such as the Elbphilharmonie, which is one of the most iconic pieces of architecture in the world. Don’t miss such famous restos as Lauflauf and Clouds, either. These restaurants have elevated the concept of gastronomy to an obsessive level! For nightlife lovers, St. Pauli is a must-see. You can also hop around the different neighborhoods, comparing and contrasting their different trends and identities.
If you’re a nature lover, you can also have a cruise at Lake Alster, or a stroll by the Elbe, or a time off at the Planten un Blomen, or a bike tour around the city. There are also museums, but the more mind-boggling stuff are best found elsewhere — like the giant miniature park that is Miniatur Wunderland, and an icon of the German bathhouse culture that is Kaifu-Bad.
Hamburg is like the United Nations — people of all walks and languages, but united in a common (and leisurely) drive towards the future. Whether you’d like to go global, local, and everything in between, Hamburg has it for you.