HAMBURG CITY GUIDE
Dubbed 'The Gateway to the World' by locals, Hamburg is not only Germany's second largest city, it's also home to its busiest port. Split down the centre by the River Elbe, Hamburg is a modern city full of striking architecture, glittering canals, lush green parks and fascinating art galleries.
Once home to The Beatles, this thriving port city is a vibrant place to visit, offering a tantalising blend of historical landmarks, interesting museums and all the benefits of a modern metropolis.
MUSIC & CULTURE IN HAMBURG
Hamburg is renowned as one of the most musical cities in the world, attracting artists such as legendary Baroque composer Bach, classical composer Telemann and even English rock icons The Beatles. Fans of 'The Fab Four' can make the musical pilgrimage to the Indra Musikclub where the group honed their skills or visit the Beatles Platz monument located at the crossroads of Reeperbahn and Grosse Freiheit.
As well as playing to host to some phenomenal on stage productions, Hamburg is the home of a number of unmissable architectural wonders. From the neo-renaissance city hall to the striking Hamburger Kunsthalle, you don't have far to walk to see buildings that demonstrate the city's rich history. Other unmissable landmarks include the Baroque masterpiece St Michael's Church, one of the most famous buildings in the city.
Hamburg is one of North Germany's shopping hubs with dozens of markets, malls and boutiques stocking everything from high end labels to alternative fashion bargains. The city's foremost boulevard, Jungfernstieg, offers a 600m paradise for shopaholics. This historic waterside walkway contains some of Europe's most beautiful shopping arcades and department stores like Hamburger Hof.
For a modern shopping experience with everything under one roof, the Europa Passage boasts 120 stores over five floors and is well-known the largest shopping centre in the inner city. Other popular spots include the Pöseldorf area with its canal side cafés or the buzzing street markets of St Pauli.
The city acts as a gateway to Germany, with everything coming and going courtesy of the Elbe River and the 800-year-old Port of Hamburg. As well as being a popular stop for cruise ships, the port provides visitors with an enormous variety of activities, which vary from sunset riverside dining to harbour cruises on the sparkling water.
One of the main attractions to the area is the Speicherstadt, the world's largest warehouse complex. You can enjoy a guided tour of this warehouse city and see where spices, tobacco, coffee and other goods were stored and traded.
EATING & DRINKING IN HAMBURG
As an international city, the gastronomy in Hamburg includes everything from Asian to Italian and plenty of regional German dishes too. For classy dining, head out to Altona, which is littered with riverside restaurants and cosy cafés. For those seeking great value meals, Schanzenviertel is one of the hip alternative areas of the city, where you can find great bars, restaurants and boutiques.
Other neighbourhoods that are perfect for dining and drinking are Hans-Albers-Platz with its live music scene and Hamburger Berg for the many late night clubs. One of the most popular places to visit for food and drinking is the city's 18th century open air Fishmarkt on the Landungsbruecken, where you can enjoy live music and taste the freshest seafood in the city.
Discover Germany's second city by booking your trip with P&O Ferries and travel via our Hull to Rotterdam crossing.