I am excited to share a great gust post with you today. This past month I took part in a Solidarity Sisters project sponsored by Susannah at Simple Moments Stick. I got paired up with Diana, an expat living in Germany. She is wonderful and I think you’ll all enjoy getting to know her and her city. xo Ashley
Hi Have Ashley readers, I’m really excited to be guest posting here today. I’m Diana and I blog over at Diana Elle Blog. I ‘met’ Ashley through a blogging program called Solidarity Sisters, and it has been very nice getting to know her.Today I’m going to talk about 10 things to do in Hamburg, Germany. I really like it here. This Hanseatic city has taken advantage of its great industrial past and became one of Germany’s greatest tourist assets. I rounded up ten things you should add to your “to-do” list and not miss (in my opinion).
1. EXPLORE THE CITY CENTER
An easy way to do this is by taking one of Hamburg’s free walking tours. but if you’d rather explore the city on your own don’t forget to stop by Mönckebergstraße and Jungfernstieg.
2. ALSTER LAKE
Alster Lake is in the heart of the city of Hamburg and it has different recreation activities for inhabitants such as relaxing, jogging, walks, or boarding one of the boats that offer trips around the lake.
3. HAMBURG RATHAUS
Hamburg town hall is situated in front of one of the banks of the Alster. It is a striking building decorated with many statues and a green roof. You can not visit Hamburg and not see its Rathaus.
4. ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH
The ghostly remains of the St. Nicholas church are in a way, a disturbing scene. This neo-Gothic church is in ruins as a result of the Allied bombing in World War II that greatly damaged it. Later they collapsed the walls that remained standing and decided not to rebuild. Today you only see the bell needle and part of the back of the church to serve as a reminder against war.
This part of the city is composed of storage warehouses built in red brick. It was awarded the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site this year. They preserved the industrial architecture and restored it so it has many different uses now. The whole area is embraced by numerous canals where they unloaded goods to be stored here until their departure to their final destinations.
If you keep walking down the streets you will reach HafenCity which is my favorite part of the city; it has many pedestrian streets and parks. Here you will find the Elbe Philharmonic, which is still under construction, but at a very advanced stage, so you can see what they want it to be. You will also find buildings with modern architecture that accommodate offices and expensive residential apartments.
Here you’ll have a great view of the port and you have the option to take a ferry (if you have purchased a day ticket they are included). Take a ride on one if the weather is nice.
8. ALTER ELBTUNNEL
Stroll through the Old Elbtunnel. You take one of the four huge lifts on either side of the tunnel to the bottom and walk under the Elbe while seeing some of the glazed terra cotta ornaments on the walls. It is a cool experience and you get a good view of the city port from either side.
Hamburg’s Red Light District and nightlife center. Stop by for a drink or visit one of the many concert venues here.
The Altona Fischmarkt is probably the most iconic landmark in Hamburg. You can find locals and tourists here every Sunday from 5 to 9.30 am. The crowd is a blend of still drunk party people, curious tourists, and bargain hunters finding everything from fresh fish over baskets filled with fruit and vegetables, yummy sweets in huge bags, to bands performing hit songs to sing and dance along to. Make sure to eat a Fischbrötchen (a bun with fish and some salad).
Does this seem like a city you’d like to visit, or if you’ve been here before, what’s a must-see/do for you?
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