Germany

Hamburg

Hamburg is the second largest city of Germany, and is largely known for its beautiful waters and ports. Situated on the river Elbe, Hamburg is home to Europe’s second-largest port and a broad corporate base. If you are planning to visit Hamburg, be sure to be surprised by its various layers: from calm riversides to crazy music and street activities, to tempting night clubs.

To begin with, you need to get to Hamburg. There are two airports in Hamburg, and to get a flight will not be an issue. If you’re coming in from Europe, you might want to consider taking a regional train, or Flixbus which is pretty much reasonable. Since Hamburg has a lot of international students and residents, there are a lot of schemes for students at museums, monuments, and train and bus passes.

The hotels in Hamburg are expensive and not, depending on their location. As near you live to the center, the more expensive the hotels become. If you are a student, you might consider living in hostels, since they are affordable and usually near public transport stations. Another popular option is to book an airbnb.

Once you are here, there is nothing else we suggest but to buy a day pass in which you can cover all of Hamburg through local trains and buses. The pass comes for 7,70 euros. The traffic in Hamburg is for real and you can see most of the people using public transport. At thestations you can also get guiding pamphlets to guide you through the station routes. To make it easier for you to plan the time and duration of your stay, you can get recent updates about the events and festivals in Hamburg throughout the year. Hamburg has plenty of music festivals, like the Reeperbahn music festival, carnivals, and fests like the summer, winter and spring Dom which is a remarkable time of the year. The trend of musicals has grown up on the city since many years and the musicals in Hamburg are extremely popular.

There are a variety of different cuisines that you can try here, but we suggest that you delve in some classic German bakeries. A nice morning in Hamburg becomes nicer with some bread and cake. If you are looking for some groceries, you can drop by the fancy organic stores like Bio, or the discounted supermarkets like Aldi and Lidl. There are fairly enough options for vegetarians as well.

Hamburg was largely destroyed during the world war, but a few of its gems are still intact. Some breathtaking churches like the St. Michaels and St. Peters should easily make it to your travel list. The Elbphilharmonie is literally a matter of pride for the residents and has become the symbol of the city. It is a jaw dropping monumental concert hall, and you will be lucky to get some tickets if they are not already sold out. Nevertheless, you can grab up a free ticket to the platform at the top where you can have a great 360 degrees view of the harbor. Just near the Elbphilharmonie, you can drop by Landungsbruken and have a ferry ride throughout the harbor with some excellent entertaining commentary if you know German. You should also drop by the Town Hall at Rathaus and be awestruck by the amazing architecture. Most of these places are directly accessible by the train network which makes site seeing easy. The roads are wide and highly pedestrianized with footpaths everywhere. Be wary of the red path which is for the cyclists.

The winters in Hamburg are famous to be really harsh. Hence, the best time to visit shall not be the later part of the year when it is very cold and windy. The summers in Hamburg are light and pleasant. But no matter when you do, have a raincover or umbrella with you.

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