Hamburg’s claims to fame include being Germany’s second biggest city, the country’s biggest port and its “gateway to the world”. From the affluent and the cosy to the alternative and the sleazy, Hamburg is an expansive, diverse city made up of a number of districts that could each have their own guide book.
Something you may not naturally associate with Germany is beaches, but that’s exactly what you’ll find on the shores of Hamburg’ Elbe River. It’s more city beach with cranes in the backdrop than Riviera, yet that’s all part of the charm. Be sure to check out the beach club StrandPauli.
A must-visit is Fischmarkt in St Pauli, which has been running since 1703. It requires an unnaturally early wake up call on a Sunday but is well worth it.
All in all, Hamburg is refreshingly progressive, and that’s what makes it such an exciting place to visit.