Hamburg is a city of musicals, theaters, including the famous Thalia Theater (Hamburg's oldest) and museums - with a special focus on the Panoptikum, the largest wax museum in Germany.
In the northern part of Germany, on the Elbe, lies Hamburg - Germany's second largest city and the country's largest port (and one of the largest in the world). It is a financial center, an industrial center, a rail and road junction, and an important container reloading site. At the same time, it is a cultural and historical center of undeniable importance on the national and continental scale. It is difficult to count how many museums and theaters it houses.
Speaking of museums in Hamburg, it is impossible not to mention the last in the series of "South Atlantic white swans" - Cap San Diego . This beautiful museum ship is a maritime monument with an eye-catching elegance. She is the world's largest freighter, a museum that is still operational. Moored in the port of Hamburg since 1986, it offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the history of shipping and the port itself.
Hamburg from the sea
Starting the story of Hamburg from the port has a reason. The monuments of the old part of the city were mostly destroyed during World War II (the tragic Allied carpet raid), so in search of traces of its former glory, you should go to the port. It houses the world's largest complex of granaries built in the style of Wilhelminian brick Gothic - Speicherstadt . Despite the fact that they are warehouses, they are beautiful thanks to the slender turrets, the structure consisting of several floors and the original facade. The hundred-year-old red granaries are located between Baumwall and Deichtorhallen.
If someone is planning to spend a Sunday in Hamburg, take the opportunity to see what can be bought at the fish market. It is enough to get up in the morning, i.e. at 5.00 (in winter at 7.00) and go to the 100-year-old Altonaer Fischauktionshalle , to be able to taste the Fischbrötchen (rolls with freshly fried fish) and strong, aromatic coffee. In addition, both Hamburg residents and visitors like to come here for brunch.
The district of Blankenese , a former fishing village that was attached to Hamburg in 1938, is also very popular among tourists. You can admire it from the sea, during a boat cruise, and from the land, while walking along picturesque streets. The district is very pretty, especially on the Bahnhofstraße. We find there numerous cafes, restaurants, a church and shops with a diverse assortment.
A green city
Hamburg's life is not just about the port. Its old part is surrounded by modern housing estates, thoughtfully integrated into green spaces. In the new, western part there is the most beautiful baroque church in northern Germany - the Church of St. Michael . Its tower dominates the city with a height of 132 meters, and from its top there is a wonderful view of the entire city of Hamburg and the port.
One of the places where greenery is exceptionally beautiful is Planten un Blomen , a city park with the largest Japanese garden in Europe, an orangery and a botanical garden. Another is the Stadtpark, with areas for running and ball games, with a swimming pool and a playground.
Walking enthusiasts will also love the Alsterpark , situated on the banks of the Alster (tributary of the Elbe). This is one of Hamburg's most popular recreational destinations. Two lakes, Außenalster and Binnenalster, a large amount of green areas and a 1.5 km long promenade add to its charm. There are also cafes and restaurants.
Overnight in a motorhome in Hamburg
For those wishing to stay a short distance from the city, Camping Buchholz awaits, a year-round campsite located approx. 4 km from Hamburg city center. An adult will spend the night on it 6 euros, and a parking space for a motorhome costs 16 euros.
The second suggestion is Camping Land an der Elbe Hamburg , open from April to October. It is a family campsite that has been operating for over 50 years. It will be of particular interest to people looking for slightly lower prices and accommodation in a natural setting. For a place for a motorhome (there are 120 of them on the campsite) we will pay 8 euros a day, and 7 euros for an overnight stay. Hamburg city center is a 30-minute drive away.
It is worth visiting Hamburg, not only because in 2011 it was awarded the title of the European Capital of Cleanliness. Despite being severely damaged during the war, it is still beautiful. It has a lot to offer tourists - at any time of the year.
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