Hamburg is home to 1.8 million citizens and some of the biggest financial and publishing powerhouses in the country. Papers Der Spiegel and Die Zeit are based in the city, as well as Germany’s oldest stock exchange and merchant bank. But it is the string of rivers, lush parks and unique sights that transform this city into far more than a corporate centre.
For World War II buffs, St Nikolai church gives reality to the devastation that war inflicted on the city, and up-river is the curious beach of Blankenese, home to submarine and barge wrecks.
Shoppers will find a plethora of luxury brands in and around the Neustadt district, and in the evening, all should head to St Pauli to hear the cries of the Marktschreier as they hawk their produce – the Wednesday night market has a party-like atmosphere.
The Table Kevin Fehling
If you’re considering heading to the restaurant that gained three Michelin stars within just a year of opening, better call now – the 20-seater restaurant books up months in advance. The dining experience is known for its completely open kitchen, no waiters (chefs deliver their dishes straight to customers), and lack of menus.
A glass wave crests just off the Elbe River: not a mirage, but the arresting Elbphilharmonie, a concert hall said to be the most acoustically advanced in the world. Take in a performance from the Hamburg philharmonic or the constantly changing programme – or simply stroll around the interior of the superstructure.
It was 1816 when a shipbroker bought a plot of land amidst the heart of Hamburg’s lakes. Two centuries later, The Fontenay hotel brings a sculptural uniqueness to Alster Lakes’ shores. The five-star hotel has an infinity pool, sun terrace and an in-house Michelin-starred restaurant. A true reflection of the city’s love affair with water.