Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city with 1.8 million citizens is where Germans and millions of tourists go to party.
Located 100 kilometres south oft eh North Sea on the Elbe River, Hamburg is Europe’s third largest port after Antwerp and Amsterdam, and eight in the world.
Some 14,000 ocean-going boats arrive every year and thousands of sailors starved of live entertainment naturally creates demand for night clubs, and other relevant entertainment venues. Reeperbahn, the famous red-light district, offers nightclubs, burlesque shows, pubs and a well-controlled walled section for legal prostitution.
Beatles cut their teeth and got their signature mop-top hairstyles at one of Reeperbahn’s nightclubs still in business.
first building dates back to 808 A D and was built by a decree of Emperor Charlemagne as a fortress. Since then, it was occupied and destroyed several times, notably by Vikings in 845 AD who sailed with 600 ships and pillaged the settlement.
In 1030, the Polish king Mieszcko II ordered the city burned.
In 1241 a trade alliance with the city of Lubeck was signed which eventually resulted int eh creation of the Hanseatic League that included Kiel, Rostock, London, Novgorod, Bruge, Bergen, Bremen, Riga, Gdansk, Stralsund, and Wismar, stretching from London to Novgorod in Russia. This trade organization created huge wealth for all cities involved, particularly for Hamburg.
Black Death in 1350 killed 60 per cent of the population.
resembles Venice and with 2300 bridges ranks the first in the world as “the most bridged city”.
You can even ride a boat for city transportation, instead of a bus, much like in Venice, except that Hamburg’s weather is less inclement than that of Venice.
The city is clean, green, diverse, unique, and rudely, reflecting German orderliness. There are few high-rise buildings and the city is wide spread.
Hamburg has 60 museums (International Maritime Museum, and International Art Museum are highly recommended), 40 theatres.
If you are interested in church architecture visit any or all of the following – St. Nicholas, St. Michael’s, St. Peter’s, St. James, and St. Catherine’s.
The city thrives on its port activities, universities, leisure boat building industry, publishing, and as a hub for German exports.
A harbour boat tour is highly recommended to see how the city evolved.
Hamburg has it all – culture, fun, shopping, entertainment, dining, history, sightseeing boats and buses, a few office towers and modern condominiums.
You can also make a side trips to Lubeck to the north, and Bremen to the west.
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Lufthansa and Air Canada fly from Toronto direct to Frankfurt am Main with transfers to Hamburg.
In Europe most domestic airlines fly to Hamburg.