Hamburg - Discover the Maritime Metropolis Off-the-beaten-path

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The maritime and contemporary city of Hamburg (Hamburg vacation rentals | Hamburg travel guide) is the largest German seaport and second largest seaport in Europe. The city is located in the North of Germany and offers its visitors a scenic lakefront, quaint riverbanks, beautiful architecture from the 19th and 20th century, and the newly-built "harbor city". Moreover, Hamburg features high-end shopping, a wide selection of cultural activities, tons of restaurants, and a diverse nightlife. In short: everything you need for an awesome and unforgettable city break.

Start your visit with a walk through the historic city center, passing the stunning city hall with its beautiful fountain and impressing portal. Continue along beautiful arcades with colorful frescos and magnificent bridges to the inner Lake Alster to enjoy the scenery with the gushing fountain, swans, and Alster steamers. Later on, stroll along wonderful old Kontor houses and the main shopping district before you end your walk with a jaw-dropping view over Hamburg from its famous landmark, the Michel.

Visitors preferring the shore should combine their stay with a visit to the new "harbor city" and a ferry ride over river Elbe before they end the day at one of the many beach clubs along the harbor. Alternatively, they can stretch their legs during a long hike from the borough of Altona (Altona vacation rentals | Altona travel guide) along Elbe riverbanks to the picturesque quarter of Blankenese (Blankenese vacation rentals | Blankenese travel guide). The little quarter is known for beautiful white mansions and lovely old timber homes with colorful gardens that are lined up on a hill above river Elbe.

For all details about the most interesting and beautiful neighborhoods in Hamburg and trails beyond the well-trod paths, continue reading on Here you can find all the information and maps for beautiful walks and bike tours through the city as well as outstanding restaurant recommendations that beat the crowds and lead you to new sights.

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Location: Schwanenwik 30, 22087 Hamburg, Germany

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