Maritime Hamburg – Unique in Europe
It was Hamburg's port that earned it the reputation of being Germany's 'gateway to the world'. Here, in the very heart of the city, you can watch container ships and elegant liners from all around the globe slip past before your eyes. You can enjoy a boat tour of the port and the skipper's fascinating tales about the harbor that was founded over 800 years ago. Visitors flock to the "Landungsbrücken" jetties, to the many restaurants along the river between the port and Övelgönne and to the historical warehouse district. In HafenCity – Europe's biggest city-centre building project (155 hectares) – you can see the future taking shape, as a brand new urban district emerges on this old port site. Just 800 meters from the town hall, this mix of apartments, offices, workshops and restaurants has a strong appeal for local people and visitors too. It's not difficult to see why – there's a special cachet about waterside living. Right in the centre of HafenCity, one of Hamburg's new landmarks is beginning to loom large: the spectacular new Elbphilharmonie concert hall.
Hamburg's cultural scene: Diverse and entertaining
The "Elbphilharmonie" concert hall is set to be a cultural beacon for the city, a focal point for the wonderfully vibrant arts scene. In Hamburg three state theatres, 40 private theatres and as many museums offer a myriad of cultural events from classical to contemporary and for every age group. Hamburg is also the continent's leading venue for musicals, with over two million people visiting the city every year specially to see a musical.
Shopping in Hamburg: From luxury to quirky
Hamburg's international trading history makes it a shopping heaven for visitors from all over the world. With this many elegant arcades, chic boutiques and charming antique shops, you'll be busy for hours. In young fashion too, Hamburg more than holds its own – so head for the up-and-coming districts, the young designer haunts, for the first look at the trends of tomorrow.
(Source: Hamburg Tourismus GmbH)