A Day In Hamburg, Germany
The Northern Pearl is what the locals call their city Hamburg, Germany. With a population of 1.7 million people, it is the second largest city in Germany. Situated on the Elbe River, Hamburg radiates all the charms that are associated with a port city. Additionally, many streams and canals merge into the river providing an aqueous splash to its vibrancy. More than 2,500 bridges connect the banks of the various waterways which amount to more than Venice, Amsterdam, and London combined.
If you are in luck to be in Hamburg on a Sunday, you should check out the fish market in Altona. It is open from 5 AM to 9:30 AM. An array of stalls selling many seafood related offerings is a great place to start off your day. There are also arts and craft shops where you can pick up a souvenir. You can negotiate and bargain the price of anything with many vendors. Flocks of people arrive here around 5 AM from the Reeperbahn, which is the part of the city where all the clubs and bars are located. Reeperbahn is also where the largest red light district in Germany is situated.
Landungsbruecken is a touristy area not far from the fish market. This area hosts a variety of maritime museums centered around the Hamburg Harbor. It is an excellent gathering place for visitors to rendezvous. U-434, an old Russian submarine and the Cap San Diego – an old sailing vessel are two of the many attractions located here. While you are strolling around the harbor get yourself a pint of Alsterwasser, it is a concoction comprising of equal parts of beer and carbonated lemonade. A soothing refreshment best suited on a summer afternoon.
The old warehouses of the city are situated in Speicherstadt. Hamburg has been a Hanseatic city once, and the warehouses at the Elbe River are now part of the UNESCO World Heritage. The Hanseatic League was a commercial and defensive confederation of merchant guilds and their market towns.The best way to see the warehouses and the harbor though is from a boat. So book a boat sightseeing tour and go on a one hour adventure on the Elbe River. The best time to do this is in the evening as you’d get the chance to see an amazing sunset over the river and view the city light up.
There are several other landmarks that you should see during the trip. I recommend the town hall and the St. Michael's church. The town hall is a richly decorated neo-renaissance building. Its facade erects close to 360 feet and is a cornerstone of Hamburg's political history. While the St. Michael's church is a 430 feet high, characteristic steeple that dominates the skyline of the city. Therefore it was considered as an orientation mark for ships sailing on the river Elbe.As your day winds down and you get ready to depart you would have experienced everything that a classical port city encapsulates.