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The beautiful Hanseatic City of Hamburg is the perfect holiday destination for anyone looking for a city break without the tourist bubble that can come with some European capitals. The second largest city in Germany, water surrounds Hamburg and plays an important part in the city's culture too, from its public transport by ferry to the traditional Hamburg Fischbrötchen (fish sandwich). With the river Elbe running through the heart of the city all the way from the neighbouring state of Lower Saxony, and with so many boats and ships passing through here everyday, it is no surprise that Hamburg's port is the second largest in Europe after Rotterdam in the Netherlands. There is also the Alster lake which is right in the heart of Hamburg in the city centre, so it's no wonder that there are more bridges here than in Amsterdam and Venice put together.
One of the most recently developed areas, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Speicherstadt, is truly magnificent – it holds the title of the world's largest contiguous warehouse complex, with its Gothic architecture lying amongst the many canals in the area. There is lots for visitors to do there, whether you're looking for museums, cafés, restaurants or simply fancy a stroll along the Elbe and admire the wonderful view. Nearby is the St. Nikolai Church, which stands as a memorial for the victims of the Second World War, with a museum well worth visiting underground. You can also go to the top of the now burnt out church for a small fee and have a beautiful overview of the entire city.
Hamburg is a great location for a family holiday, and booking a rental property here offers plenty of opportunities for yourself and the children. One of the more intriguing attractions for the whole family is the Elbetunnel, a tunnel which stretches underneath the river Elbe and when you walk all the way across underneath from the entrance at Landungsbrücken, you get to experience a wonderful view of Hamburg from across the other side of the river. During your stay in holiday apartments in Hamburg, why not take the kids to Tierpark Hagenbeck, the Hamburg Zoo, where you can meet creatures from all walks of life.
Hamburg is also famous for its vibrant nightlife, from its notorious red light district and nightclub area in Reeperbahn to the more alternative scene in Sternschanze, where you'll find plenty of bars and restaurants. After your night out in St Pauli, there's no need to head straight back to your holiday home or apartment - be sure to make a trip to the fish market in nearby Altona first, which opens at the crack of dawn every Sunday morning.
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