Short vacation in Hamburg
A short trip to Hamburg
The beautiful port city Hamburg has all the components for a mind-blowing vacation - scenery, culture, history, food, nightlife, shopping, and much more. If you love canals and bridges, it will enchant you with its cityscapes. Start your day at the Port of Hamburg. There you can find the city’s most recognizable landmark - the Elbphilharmonie - which is a warehouse converted into a concert hall. Enjoy a leisurely walk, ship-watching and grab a bite at the numerous food stalls and cafes: a sandwich with pickled herring, eel or shrimps is a local specialty. Alternatively, you can take a guided boat tour from Landungsbrücken - the floating dock. A cheaper way to see Hamburg from the water is to use public transport, for example, the HADAG ferry service. Afterwards, you can head to the Warehouse District - the Speicherstadt, which is the largest of its kind in the world. There are a few fascinating museums here, such as the German Customs Museum and the Miniature Wonderland with interactive model railway exhibits. Continue exploring Hamburg in the Old Town. Stop by the City Hall - an impressive Neo-Rennaisance building where the local government sits, and then follow Mönckebergstraße - one of the city's core shopping spots with malls and department stores, such as the Europa Passage, Karstadt, Saturn, and luxury boutiques. There are also many good eateries here: have lunch at Mönckebrunnen or enjoy currywurst at Mö Grill.
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A weekend trip to remember
Every kind of traveler will find fun things to do in Hamburg. There are plenty of options for families with children. The Planten un Blomen park is a perfect playground for kids with water attractions located in downtown. A whole day can be devoted to The Tierpark Hagenbeck zoo and the Tropical World Adventure Aquarium, both full of exotic creatures from all over the globe. Another superb choice in good weather is to visit the Wildpark Schwarze Berge to enjoy the fresh air and watch native wild animals in their natural habitat. In the vicinity of the park, one can find the Kiekeberg open-air museum, where visitors can immerse themselves into the domestic life of people between the 17th and 20th centuries and participate in craft workshops. The KL!CK Kindermuseum will make even toddlers forget about everything else thanks to the engaging, fun activities.
Hamburg's vibrant nightlife will appeal to those who cannot imagine a weekend trip without partying. The St. Pauli district offers the ultimate party atmosphere. The Reeperbahn street and the adjacent area have an extremely high concentration of pubs and clubs to suit any taste. The Herzblut St. Pauli, Gruenspan, Molotow, Docks are just a few hot spots to enjoy dancing and drinks with friends. If you want something trendy but different in terms of entertainment, explore the Sternschanze and the Karoviertel districts with their concept bars.
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