Whether you consider yourself a history-lover or a shopaholic, Hamburg is a city that suits all interests. See your surroundings in beautiful detail on a boat tour, or explore the cobbled streets and celebrated attractions on foot - stopping off to sample the local tasty treats! A luxury holiday in Hamburg is sure to make a lasting impression.
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.
Spring sees the Port Anniversary in May bring hundreds of ancient boats sailing along the Elbe and pleasant temperatures in the mid-teens. Summer is the ideal time to take to the water, whether hopping aboard a ferry or hiring your own boat as the days typically hover around 23°C.
Autumn is best for exploring on a bike or on foot, and you can experience the harvest in Altes Land. From the end of November, the winter season sees popular Christmas markets throughout the city, and the days sit between 0-4°C.
With the sea nearby, Hamburg is one of the top places to get hold of fresh fresh in Germany. Most gourmet restaurants include seafood dishes, and you can enjoy the tasty flavours of the local produce. Fine-dining options are varied - often inspired by international flavours.
From American and Italian to Mediterranean and Japanese, you'll have many delicious menus to choose from. Settle down to a meal with a view over the city, or unwind by the riverside with premier wine to complement your experience.