As the second-largest city in Germany, this bustling port city of the North Sea boasts no shortage of attractions.
Pervasive canals wind through the city, leading many to call it the northern counterpart to Venice. Coupled with the distinction of having the most parks in Germany, an eclectic collection of steel and glass buildings, mixed with Baroque architecture, and a vibrant, dynamic atmosphere from one of the busiest ports in Europe, Hamburg offers delights aplenty for the visitor.
The port takes up 12 per cent of the city and is one of the most vital links between Europe and the rest of the world. This district's international human stew promises an experience full of diverse and unique sights and sounds. Two permanently stationary ships are open to the public – massive Cap San Diego and the Rickmer Rickmers, which has been converted into a restaurant and museum.
Hamburg's many parks offer a more relaxing experience after the buzz of the harbour. The banks of the river Elbe, further from the harbour, offer relaxing strolls, while the beautiful Alster lake beckons seductively with her idyllic charm from the centre of the city. The Hagenbeck Tierpark houses a gorgeously landscaped area and one of Europe's finest zoos, featuring 360 species of animals. Around the city centre, the Reeperbahn offers a host of theatres, restaurants, pubs, discos, and seedier red light services. The street Jungfernstieg is the main drag for shops, and provides a relaxing area for a stroll. Finally, St. Michaelis Church, Hamburg's most iconic monument, offers a 453-step climb to its topmost tower for a breathtaking view of Hamburg's rich landscape of canals, port, and parks.