Hamburg, Germany cruise holidays
On the banks of the Elbe River, 70 miles inland from Travemunde, lies the city of Hamburg. Germany’s second-largest city is bursting with centuries of maritime heritage: a key Hanseatic port in the Middle Ages, today it’s an irresistibly cool blend of old and new, with a buzzing nightlife of brewhouses, cocktail bars and clubs. With more than 2,300 bridges (more than Venice, London and Amsterdam combined) and many parks (it's one of Germany's greenest cities), Hamburg is a delight to explore.
The one-time Hanseatic League port, was founded over 1,000 years ago. Emerging from superb post-war restoration it became a prosperous celebration of a proud civic spirit, of striking architecture both modern and ancient, of an epic history and splendid art, of cosmopolitan shopping, dining and nightlife. Cruises to Hamburg have plenty to offer. The city's two Alster lakes, hundreds of canals and spacious parks, the grandeur of its church steeples and great City Hall belfry, its sense of energy and confidence - all contribute to the subtle appeal of the imposing city.
Hamburg brims with culture and exploration. A day of immersing yourself in the glories of Hamburg includes some unique geological, cultural and historical sites. One of the best ways to explore a new city or country is through your taste buds – learning about the customs, history and foods that are integral to its culture. Food certainly brings culture to the table on a Hamburg cruise holiday.
Hamburg is home to some spectacular buildings, ancient and modern, many of which are inspired by its maritime heritage. Highlights include the Renaissance Rathaus, Speicherstadt warehouse district, the 1920s Chilehaus and the extraordinary Elbphilharmonie. St Nicolai memorial is a splendid focal point – don’t miss the glass lift up to the platform with incredible city views. Explore the Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus district, one of the world’s largest warehouse complexes linked together by narrow streets, bridges and canals and home to harbourside pubs and charming restaurants. Nearby is the astonishing Miniatur Wunderland, the world’s largest model railway and a diminutive representation of Germany and other places around the world.