Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city, is home to 1.8 million residents and offers up a lively and water-lined landscape where the traditional blends in harmoniously with the innovative. Think cool, elegant, chic…that’s Hamburg in a nutshell, complemented by fabulous funkiness, maritime tradition and seafaring charm. Here, in Germany’s most northern metropolitan center and the country’s biggest port, visitors will find a thriving waterfront city where rivers and canals are crisscrossed by 2,300 bridges—the Alster Lake lies at the heart of the city-center—and a skyline that features the tall spires of churches and very few skyscrapers. Visitors will delight in the locals’ charisma as they sightsee in the oldest part of the city, Altstadt, explore HafenCity, a new urban waterside district, and stroll along one of the grandest streets in the world, the Elbchaussee. Maybe they’ll want to do like the hipster residents and lounge along the river beaches, or haggle at the Fischmarkt along the Elbe. They’ll definitely want to get a bite to eat at one of the many Michelin-starred restaurants or take a cruise on the lake. This “green city on the Elbe” is truly a delight—full of festivals, a whirlwind schedule of art events, thought-provoking museums, striking architecture, top-notch shopping and accommodations that pay homage to the city’s design-centric ambiance.
The HAMBURG TRAVEL PLANNER 2013 will help you plan the perfect vacation for your clients. You’ll get to know the top hotels to recommend, no matter what type of accommodations your clients are looking for; the best places to shop, from elegant to funky; the must-do’s and must-visits; where to dine on some of Germany’s best culinary delights; and of course, where to find the best nightlife.