The German city of Hamburg often associates with hamburger, but this German gateway to the world has so much to give in terms of its international outlook.

From the iconic harbor front to the Neo-renaissance architectures, spending a weekend in Hamburg is definitely a smart choice to get away with modern buildings and skyscrapers.

Barbour area around the Elbe

The Elbe river is reachable from the Hamburg airport, and getting to and from the Hamburg airport takes you less than 20 minutes by driving.

If private transport isn’t your thing, taxis in Hamburg are also a great option.

When you drop off at the metro station “Baumwall”, you will find the yacht harbor at the opposite side of the station. Walking along the Elbe river, you will see there are numerous big cruise liners docked along the Hamburg harbor. Among those gigantic cruise liners, there is a museum ship called Cap San Diego, claiming to be the last iconic cargo ship in Hamburg.

Along the harbor of Hamburg, there are popular landing bridges if you walk further down to the river Elbe. There, you will see dozens of snack bars, restaurants and shops as you pass by the piers which connect with several bridges swim on the water. 

HafenCity and the warehouse

Ever since 1900, there has been a large area of warehouses near the Zollkanal. Whilst some of the warehouses have been converted into apartments, this famous tourist spot houses several museums such as the Hamburg Dungeon and Miniatur Wunderland.

The Hamburg Dungeon is more suitable for the young audience as it shows the shadowy history of the city of Hamburg. On the other hand, the Miniatur Wunderland illustrates different panoramas across the globe, including the Alps and some parts of Hamburg.

Leaving Speicherstadt behind, there lies the largest European project of city development at the HafenCity with basins, channels and docks. In the HafenCity, there are around 40 sea containers within its terminal building as cruise lines land in the Hamburg Cruise Centre.

House of Commerce

Around St. Nikolai, you will find the house of the Patriotiche Gesellschaft, as you pass through the road of Börsenbrücke. The statues of Graf Adolf III and Bishop Ansgar can also be found near the bridge of Trostbrücke, which connect to the heart of Hamburg.

While all main churches were damaged in Hamburg during the World War II, St. Nikolai church was not re-erected due to historical reminiscence. Yet, it is possible to take an elevator there and go up the steeple for a panoramic view of the city.

In essence, there are also traditional merchant houses which has been standing around Hamburg’s harbor for centuries. You will find them after following the bridge near the Willy-Brandt-Straße street for an exclusive overview of the city’s landscape.

The city of Hamburg has always been underrated while comparing with other canal cities like Venice and Amsterdam. In truth, there are more bridges in Hamburg compared to those cities and the canals are truly breath-taking at the backdrop of Neo-Gothic architectures and massive docks along with cruise liners.