Poised on the Elbe River as it meets the North Sea, Hamburg has a personality and mood distinct to the rest of Germany. Dubbed ‘the Venice of the North’, Hamburg is a port city resplendent with waterways and canals, with more bridges within its limits than any other city in the world. Suffering throughout history from fires, floods, and intensive bombing during WWII, Hamburg has been marred many times by tragedy, however, this has only contributed to the city’s resilience and hardy character. This spirit is reinforced by its neo-gothic brick warehouse district and looming church spires that landmark the inner city.
A centre for business and trade since the Middle Ages, Hamburg is historically prosperous. As a member of the medieval Hanseatic League and a free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire, Hamburg enjoyed special privileges and tax exemptions. This has resulted in a city strong in business and rich in cultural amusements, bright with theatre, music halls, and dining out culture. The recently opened Elbphilharmonie concert hall takes pride of place in the harbour, with spectacular views across the port and cityscape.
Transport to Hamburg
One of the many pleasures of Hamburg is to stroll the streets and canals as you take in the city's sights and attractions. Should you wish you can also take advantage of Hamburg's excellent public transport network, we provide our travelers with a Hamburg Card, which offers access to forms of transport in Hamburg including bus, metro, ferry, and S-Bahn rapid transit trains.
Hamburg Airport is the second largest in Germany, and a well connected airport in terms of international or domestic flights, while Hamburg Hauptbahnhof is the busiest railway station in Germany, linking to other German cities and wider European destinations. As such, Hamburg is a great city to pass through on your journey.