Germany's 'second city', and biggest port, Hamburg is built around a 9th century castle and is a surprisingly green city with lakes and rivers punctuating its landscape.
Hamburg has trendy, modern style bars, a far cry from the Reeperbahn, the city's well-known nightlife centre, which sees the city at its most lively and brash. (The area also houses the Star Club, renowned as the first place where The Beatles ever played live.)
An interesting fact about Hamburg is it's unique house numbering system, where the lowest numbered houses on every street point towards the city centre... worth remembering if you head off exploring!
A city break in Hamburg is a paradise for shopaholics and you'll be able to shop til you drop in the hundreds of stores located in Jungfernstieg. After your credit card is burnt out, why not wind down with a walk through the beautiful Planten un Blomen park, or visit the fairytale houses and charming cafes of the elegant suburb of Blankenese?
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Hamburg naturally shares the rest of Germany's passion for beer. The Holsten brewery is part of the multi-national Carlsberg empire, but more individual local brews can be found at the Brauhaus Johann Albrecht, and Gröninger Braukeller, just a short walk from the Town Hall.
Hamburg Zoo is another major attraction and its well designed enclosures mimic each animal's natural habitat. The giant outdoor elephant enclosure is especially popular, and you can feed the residents fruit and vegetables. The adventure aquarium recreates tropical jungle and ocean environments a great experience for the little ones!
Take a walk around the landmark St Michael's Church, with its 132-metre (433ft) copper-clad spire or view it from above in style in a hot air balloon trip!
Hamburg's theatres are very highly regarded throughout Germany, with visitors from all over the country often visiting the Schauspielhaus, Thaliatheater or many others to take in a show.
Hamburg has more bridges than Amsterdam, Venice and London combined, so it makes sense that perhaps the best way to see the city is on a boat! A variety of boat tours lasting from 1-3 hours depart regularly from the Jungfernstieg on the Inner Alster lake.