The city of Hamburg is the second largest in Germany, right after Berlin. Being located at the estuary of Elbe, it is one of the most important links between Germany’s numerous islands like Scharhorn, Neuwark, as well as its inland waterways and the sea. Best known for the harbor area, the 100-square kilometers Port of Hamburg allows shipment of commodities without duties. Apart from being a center of transportation, the city has become an important tourist destination featuring numerous tourist attractions.
Recognized as the largest model railway in the world, the Miniatur Wunderland is much more than a toy train design. Boasting over 12,000 meters of railway tracks as well as 890 trains, the attraction covers 1,150 square meters of area. The highlights of this place include the areas that are dedicated to Germany, Scandinavia, and USA.
Alster: the tributary of Elbe
Here you will see the historic avenues, the picturesque city squares, and the passagens. The tributary is lined by beautiful gardens, parks, the Ballindamm, and the cafes of the elegant Jungfernstieg. The Poseldorf area along with its cafes, boutiques, and galleries is also popular with the tourists.
Plantem un Blomen
Visit Wallringpark, the large recreational area at St. Pauli Landing Stages. The Wallringpark features some of the most renowned open spaces in the city, including, the Kleine and Grosse Wallanlagen, the Old Botanic Garden, and the beautiful 116-acre park Planten un Blomen that includes a Platanus tree. The place is perfect for relaxing or enjoying the musical performance and concerts.
If you are an art lover, take a trip to the Kunsthalle Hamburg, one of the top art galleries in Germany. Highlights of the place include artworks by 14th century local artists, 16th-17th centuries Dutch masterpieces, and 19th century French and German paintings.
St. Michael’s Church
One of the most important landmarks in the city, the Baroque style church was constructed during the 18th century. The 132-meter tall tower that is accessible by an elevator as well as stairs offers breathtaking views of the port and the entire city. The crypt is another place of interest, where more than 2000 people have been entombed.
Established in 1908, the museum is now a preserved national monument with highlights including the inner courtyard, large assortment of artifacts such as numerous ship models, interesting displays of city events like the great fire, and miniature models representing the Hamburg Port at different stages in history.