The Venice of the North
Hamburg not only has Germany’s largest port, but also offers tourists a host of other attractions including St. Pauli and Speicherstadt, the world’s largest warehouse district.
The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, as it is officially called, is Germany’s second-largest city. Here are some of its most prominent boroughs:
- St. Pauli: On and around the street called Reeperbahn there are numerous bars and a world-famous red light district centering on Herbertstrasse. In the early 1960s, the Beatles embarked on their journey to fame by regularly performing in Reeperbahn clubs.
- Speicherstadt: Now over a hundred years old, this district houses the world’s largest warehouse complex and was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2015. Even today, valuable goods such as coffee, tea, spices, and computers are stored here. Neo-Gothic buildings surfaced with red brick are separated by canals called Fleeten on which boat tours regularly take place.
- Port of Hamburg: The area around the port is full of chic new office and residential buildings, shops, cafés, and restaurants. Europe’s second-largest harbor is a great place to watch ships or enjoy the view from the 40-meter-tall Dockland Building.
- Old Town: The central part of Hamburg contains not only many historical buildings such as the City Hall in Neo-Renaissance style and the St. Nicholas’ Church memorial, but also a modern downtown district.
Also worth visiting are the Hamburg Kunsthalle (Art Museum) and the St. Michael’s Church (colloquially called the Michel), as well as the International Maritime Museum and the 17th century Krameramtsstuben (Grocers’ Apartments). Another must-do is the big Hamburg Fish Market in Altona, which takes place every Sunday morning.