Hamburg City Guide
Hamburg is the second-largest city in Germany (after Berlin) and along with Hamburg Harbour, its central port, Hamburg is also the second-largest port in Europe (after Rotterdam), ninth-largest port in the world, and the most populous city in the European Union which is not a national capital.
The city, with one of Europe’s largest container ports and the gigantic terrain of the aircraft company “Airbus”, radiates international as well as maritime flair. Its central districts are the inner city with its shopping miles, St. Georg/St. Pauli with the amusement region Reeperbahn, alternative Schanze and multicultural Altona.
For an exclusive stay you might book one of the following Hamburg Hotels at the river Alster: “Kempinski Hotel Atlantic” or “Vier Jahreszeiten” (Four Seasons).
For a special atmosphere you might choose the “Mövenpick-Hotel im Schanzenpark”, a valuably remodelled water tower. For those who wish for a rustic accommodation, we recommend the “Hotel Stadt Altona”. At the station Altona you will find the “Intercity-Hotel”. The hotels of Hamburg are as diverse as its districts. A hotel named “25 hours”, which has been especially designed for the young, has been opened on the area of the former gasworks in Hamburg-Bahrenfeld. Hamburg hotels that are located in the north-easterly districts are quieter, while hotels in the inner city spare you a long way with the suburban train or metro. If you chose a hotel in Hamburg’s suburbs near the river Elbe, you will have a picturesque view throughout your stay.
Long-distance trains will arrive at one of the three stations: Hauptbahnhof (main station): Dammtor (fairgrounds with events like “hanseboot”, “du und deine welt”) or Altona. If arriving by car, you will reach Hamburg via the autobahns A7, A1 and A24.
While staying in a hotel in Hamburg’s inner city, many sights will be nearby, e.g. the Landungsbrücken (boarding brigdes), Speicherstadt (the old warehouse district) and a variety of museums. In Hamburg’s streets you will find numerous restaurants offering international cuisine. If staying in a hotel at the Reeperbahn, you will have exciting night life inclusive, with many bars, discos, vaudevilles and other establishments. The largest event in Hamburg is the „Hamburger Dom“, which takes place at the Heilgengeistfeld at St. Pauli three times a year and is considered the largest funfair in northern Germany.
Total population: 1,754,317 (30th November 2006)
Postal codes: 20-22