The second largest city in Germany has much to offer visitors, both in terms of history and nightlife. Despite its humble origins as a settlement on the banks of the river Alster, over the years it became a prosperous city, particularly after the German Stock exchange opened in the 16th century.
Walking around the streets of Hamburg reveals great treasures. The Rathausmarkt (Town Hall) was destroyed in a fire in 1842, however it has since been restored to its original neo-Renaissance glory. Shops and cafes line the sophisticated Aisterarkaden (Arcades), and a little further down sits the famous Four Seasons Hotel.
The River Elbe and the Aussenalster (Outer Basin) are in competition with each other for most impressive waterway; both are magnificent and the latter is large enough to contain boats, houses and cafes.
If it’s nightlife you’re after, head to the Reeperbahn. Locals call it the Kiez, and though it may have a reputation for being the home of the city’s red life district, there is an array of lovely pubs and bars to enjoy, rather than any actual seediness.