As the second biggest city in Germany, Hamburg has a unique character with a proud maritime history. It has become one of the busiest ports in Europe, you'll find many cruises include this location along their route because it combines cosmopolitan luxury with impressive historical attractions. In central Hamburg you'll find the Alster Lakes, and most of the city's gorgeous squares, and famed cobblestoned pedestrian streets. Tour the Jungfernstieg, known for its upmarket cafes and restaurants, Pöseldorf, popular for its cool boutiques and bijou galleries, and the Ballindamm, home to one of the city's biggest shopping centres. Then visit the International Maritime Museum for a window into the city's past, and marvel at the collection housed in the Kunsthalle Gallery, home to seven centuries of art. Did you know that Hamburg has more bridges than any other city in the world? Over 2,000 in fact! And going on a cycling tour of the city's most beautiful arches is a great way to get to know the area. When you're done, stop by one of Hamburg's beautiful parks, like the popular Planten und Blomen, nestled in the heart of the city. If you're looking to go on a day trip, go to Schloss Ahrensburg, a 16th century castle and museum located in the beautiful countryside town of Ahrensburg.