Hamburg is a lively metropolis in the north of Germany and contains several green spaces, canals and lakes and provides a good standard of living for...... more
Hamburg is a lively metropolis in the north of Germany and contains several green spaces, canals and lakes and provides a good standard of living for its inhabitants. Although known as a harbour city, Hamburg is located on the Elbe and is more than a hundred kilometres from the North Sea. Due to its huge river the sheltered harbour is accessible to large containerships. The Speicherstadt is part of the harbour and is the largest warehouse complex in the world and is crossed by canals that are known as fleets. It was once what amounted to a city of warehouses whose Gothic brick architecture with gables, pinnacles and arches created an extraordinary setting. The tower of St. Michaelis Church is lovingly known as 'Michel' and is one of the city's most famous landmarks and it is also one of the most beautiful Baroque buildings in the north of Germany, its white, grey and golden interior being particularly impressive. City Hall highlights the power of the autonomous Hansestadt Hamburg. This impressive building is supported by four thousand oak posts in the former swampland of the Alster. Hamburg is a green city on the water and gateway to the world: a European harbour that contains the spirit of distant lands!
Advantages: Great lively city; great sights!! Disadvantages: None really!
...not try to get a window table at the Alstertor Cafe. After that go on an hour long cruise along the Alster and soak up the atmosphere and see where all the rich Hamburgers live!
Go to the village of Blankenese; this is a beautiful small town/village that overlooks the river. You get a real flavour of Germany here form the people and shops and there are beautiful walks down to the harbour front...
Advantages: Tons to do and see! Disadvantages: None really!
...every year for the last 20 odd years when family of mine moved over there.
It is the second largest city in Germany and located in the northern part of Germany.
How to get there?
Flights leave most UK cities several times a day and the most common airlines that fly are British Airways, British Midland and Lufthansa (the National German Airline). I fly regularly from Manchester to Hamburg...
Advantages: Easy to reach. Mixed culture Disadvantages: Need to be relatively open minded
...actually saw a rendition of shakesphere done in English!
The city is often overlooked by us brits in favour of the likes of Amsterdam. However, for something a little different try Hamburg. Cheap flights are available or you could cruise direct to Hamburg from the port at Harwich on a budget....