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 every day, 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.
Discover the beautiful canals of the Speicherstadt
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 accommodation – perfect for a family holiday
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.
Experience the nightlife in St Pauli
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.
Stunning views and moonlight walks on a romantic getaway to Hamburg
This northern German city has a lot to offer couples with its beautiful architecture, romantic walks and relaxed atmosphere. You can enjoy this city in the summer or the winter, as the city is used to unpredictable weather so has all the amenities necessary to cope with an unexpected shower!
One of the most romantic places in Hamburg is undoubtedly the Binnenalster and the Alster. These are two sections of the Elbe river which run into Hamburg. Shops, cafés and pathways have been built around them so it is even more enjoyable to walk around. From one side of the Binnenalster, either on the bridge or under the bridge you will experience a fantastic view of the city, this is even more stunning at night, when the lights of the city reflect the water. If you visit in autumn, you will be able to experience gorgeous colour of the trees around the Binnenalster and walk with your partner through the natural arches whilst enjoying the view. Sometimes events are held around Binnenalster, and you are able to walk around and taste the local cuisine. There is also a beach bar if you are there in the summer, the perfect place for a romantic meal and a relaxed drink or two.
If you enjoy experiencing nature with your partner, then the parks of Stadtpark and Planten un Blumen are perfect places for you to go. These parks are perfect if you want to enjoy some peace and serenity with your loved one in Hamburg and they are also free to visit. Planten un Blumen in the summer months offers a fountain light show in the evening accompanied by music, perfect for a romantic evening picnic with your partner.
When you book a romantic getaway to Hamburg – experience diverse sceneries
If you go on a romantic getaway to Hamburg, then a romantic boat trip around Speicherstadt is a must. Starting at the Landungsbrücke port, this boat trip will take you through Speicherstadt, with its stunning old warehouses and beautiful bridges. This is the best way to experience this part of the city and also learn about the history of Hamburg, as you can opt for a tour guide to tell you about the history on your journey. Sternschanze is a quarter in Hamburg with a ‘Berlin-esque’ buzz, if you fancy experiencing something a bit different. With cafés, bars and restaurants on every corner and live music in abundance, Sternschanze is a really great place to go with your partner to experience a chilled yet vibrant atmosphere.