Hamburg City Guide
Germany’s Second Largest City
As the second largest city in Germany, Hamburg offers plenty to both visitors and residents alike. It’s connected to much of the rest of Germany through the Autobahnen and Hamburg Airport.
Located directly on the River Elbe in the northern portion of Germany, the river is what has given Hamburg it’s distinct culture and flavor for the past 800 years.
With a large metro region of over 5 million residents, and as one of the more affluent cities in Europe, Hamburg has quite a bit to offer, especially when it comes to music and theatre. These unique cultural events really contribute to what makes Hamburg so special.
A Vibrant Port City
After Rotterdam, Hamburg is actually home to the biggest port in Europe. What makes Hamburg such a fantastic place to visit is this port area. Not only is it a beautiful spot to stroll down after a day of sightseeing, but the harbor area also provides a nice spot to hop onto a boat cruise or enjoy a fresh seafood dinner.
The port area also provides a bit of historical insight into Hamburg. After visiting the harbor area, wander to the Historic Warehouse District. This area can give visitors a little taste of what the area might have been like a hundred years ago, and at night, the buildings and small cobblestone streets reflect the vibrant light projection displays.
A Music Lover’s Dream Destination
For those who have been looking for a destination that offers a ton of options for listening to and attending musical and theatre productions, Hamburg is it. Two of the more popular theatres in Hamburg would include the Deutsches Schauspielhaus and the English Theatre of Hamburg.
In terms of live music, classic music buffs will adore listening to the Philharmoniker Hamburg, or the Hamburg State Opera. Some of the most popular music venues in and around Hamburg include Kampnagel, a converted former factory, the open air amphitheatre Stadtpark and Fabrik. Each of these venues showcase some of what makes Hamburg very special for music lovers, with unique spots to tune in and rock out.