We warmly welcome you to the Free and Hanseatic city of Hamburg! The Elbe metropolis will amaze you with its cosmopolitan and maritime charm. We promise.
The river Elbe winds through Hamburg like a red thread and connects the best sites: In the HafenCity, the youngest city district, you can experience the Elbe Philharmonic - Hamburg's newest landmark. The concert hall is unparalleled worldwide with its incredible acoustic sound and incredible structure. Tradition meets modernity in the Speicherstadt: the largest historic warehouse district in the world. In 2015 the red brick district was named a UNESCO world heritage site.
A short walk leads to the world famous St. Pauli Landungsbrücken, or landing bridges, located along the harbor. The skyline along Germany's largest seaport is distinctive, especially as the sun sets. This is the perfect starting point for a harbor tour or a visit to The Lion King musical, which is housed on the other side of the river. Alternatively you can board the ferry and explore the Elbe river.
The next stop along the river is the famous fish market. Sunday mornings visitors can purchase tropical fruit, fish or plants. Continuing down the Elbe one reaches the Elbe beach at Ovelgönne. Hamburgers are very proud of their beach, which is the perfect location to hang out and relax. Cruise and container ships frequently pass by the beach, as Hamburg is Europe's second largest container transshipment port. The southern part of the Elbe is perhaps the most relaxing: the industrious, busy Hamburg port meets the largest river island in Europe, which is surround by water streets and green areas.
If you follow the Elbe into the city of Hamburg, you will reach a tributory called the Alster. In the summertime, the Alster is filled with sailing boats, as sailers enjoy the wind and move across this large body of water. Bikers and joggers meet on an 8 kilometer path that surrounds the Alster. The best people watching can be done from the many outdoor cafes that are located directly next to the Alster. The Inner Alster is a smaller body of water that is an offshoot of the Alster. It lays adjacent to the largest outdoor shopping district in Hamburg, called Neuer Wall. Here you can also explore the various city districts from a small ferry, which takes you through the little rivers that are spread throughout the city.
Regardless if you call Hamburg home or are here simply for a visit – Hamburg is the place where wanderlust and a sense of home meet.