HAMBURG, GERMANY

Having known about Hamburg as one of the largest harbour city in Europe, I decided to visit the city during my spring break. I came to Hamburg in the beginning of April. From the moment stepping out of the Hamburg Main Train Station (Hauptbahnhof), I knew I would fall in love with the city. Everything was well structured and the architecture was stunning. Additionally, seeing people enjoying the weather along the Alsterlake made me feel calm and relax.

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Hamburg Main Train Station

Best things to do:

  • Rent a bike and explore the city center:

Catch an U-Bahn or S-Bahn to the Jungfernstieg station, you will be right in the center of the city. From this place you can easily visit the Alster Lakes (both the small and the large lakes), the Town Hall (Rathaus), the Town Hall Market (Rathausmarkt) and various shopping malls. Everything was in short walking-distance.

Situated right in front of the Alster Lakes, the Europa Passage Hamburg is the largest shopping mall there. There is a DB bike rental station in front of the building, at which you can easily create an account at the machine in order to rent a bike.

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Town Hall
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The (big) Alster Lake
  • Hamburger Dom: an entertainment park featuring various kinds of games for adults and kids. Come here in the evening to enjoy the bustling city vibes
  • Seeing cherry blossoms: situated opposite to Hamburger Dom is a small park where you can catch view of cherry blossoms (at the time I came the flowers were blooming). From this small park you can walk to the Planten un Blomen Park within few minutes.
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Cherry blossoms
  • Hamburg’s Port and the famous Elbe Tunnel

Go to the Landungsbrücken train station and from there all the famous sights are in walking distance. You can either spend an hour on the water bus along the Elbe River or visit the Elbe Tunnel, lying 24m beneath the surface of the Elbe River.

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Hamburg’s Port
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Inside the Elbe Tunnel
  • Speicherstadt Hamburg – the city of Warehouses: a UNESCO World Heritage Site

This district was built as a free zone for ships to transfer goods but what really captivated my interest was the sight of timber similar buildings running divided by the river.  The district is also home to many extraordinary architecture buildings such as the Miniatur Wunderland (make sure you book the ticket in advance otherwise you have to wait for hours to enter the museum) and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg (the Concert Hall).

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Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
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Speicherstadt Hamburg

 

#April #Spring2016

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