Hamburg is a lively, modern and urban major port city connected to the North Sea by the Elbe River. Some people refer to Hamburg as ‘Germany’s Gateway to the World.’ It a center of international trade, and one of the wealthiest cities in Germany. Maritime spirit infuses the entire city and you will feel it too.
From beautiful architecture to great museums Hamburg will capture your heart in a matter of seconds. It is big on the night scene and it’s no wonder a lot of guys choose to celebrate their dynamic Hamburg bachelor parties right here. Without further ado let’s dive into the cities beauties.
Get to know the city
Every city has a specific atmosphere which can either suit you or not. There are a lot of different ways to soak up the energy of the place like meeting the locals, eating local food, getting off the regular map. But to do so it’s better to first stay on track and experience the things that make the city worth exploring even further.
Getting to the center of the city will surely let you experience a bundle of energy from locals and tourists alike. The first thing that will catch your eye is the impressive Hamburg Town Hall. This magnificent building was built in the 19th century. It differs in the standard architecture of the Hanseatic style with it’s detailed and decorated façade.
Hamburg Town Hall has 20 statues of former emperors! Above the main entrance, you can read the following quote: “The descendants shall seek worthily to maintain the freedom achieved by their forebears.” This building most certainly represents the grace and beauty of this town.
Jungferenstieg and Speicherstadt
The opinion of many locals and tourists are the same when it comes to Jungfernstieg. This is the heart of the city center. The origin of the name is quite romantic. In the old days, families would come here on Sundays for a walk and bring their young unmarried daughters (Jungfern) in hopes of finding the right match. Jungferenstieg is located by the Alster river and here you can enjoy both the nature and the commodities of this urban city.
There are a lot of cafes by the river where you can just relax and enjoy your coffee. From here you can move on and do some shopping if you wish so. There are a lot of nearby department stores with Hanseviertl being the most popular. This is not your everyday kind of shopping center, with its exterior of small red bricks, it looks more like some sort of museum.
And Speicherstadt is a place like you’ve never seen before. This is a century old world’s largest warehouse complex which is located in the Freihafen free port. The warehouse is made from Wilhelmine Gothic bricks dating from the 19th century. There are strange gables and turrets which reflect barges in the canal.
This place will give you an eerie feeling but at the same time, you will fall in love with this place. Especially during the evening when the setting sun is reflected on the river and small spotlights illuminate the building. Quite a mysterious gothic fairytale feel. You can experience this part of the town by water, stepping on small barges and sailing through canals where you can savor the architectural details.
Museums for the Art Lovers
Hamburg is, among other things, home to one of the finest museums. And art lovers will be delighted to find that there are some impressive art centers here. The Deichtorhallen museum has one of the largest exhibition halls in the world.
This museum will bring you a little refreshment regarding the art scene. This museum is divided into two categories: House of Photography and Hall for Contemporary Art. Seeing the greats from the past is a wonderful experience but seeing something new will definitely broaden your horizons.
The program is rich in photography exhibitions, including the photography of the 19th and 20th century alongside present and futuristic works. One of the highlights is the F.C Gundlach Collection which can introduce you to many works in the field or art and fashion photography.
Since the opening in 2008, there have been displays of featuring artists like Paul Thek, Robert Wilson, and Jon Kessler. There are a lot of rooms displaying major installations and multimedia projects by artists like Thomas Hirschhorn, Mike Kelley, Jon Kessler, Jonathan Meese, etc.
And you mustn’t miss the opportunity to see the great Elbphilharmonie. This grand building is a concert hall which used to be a warehouse designed by Werner Kallmorgen and was used for storing cocoa, tea, and tobacco. Some of the old distinctive façades have been preserved to this day. The archaic Kaispeicher (quay warehouse) combined with the new glistening glass makes up bold and unforgettable look. Here you can enjoy classical music, chamber music, and jazz concerts. Between the Kaispeicher and the glass part of the building lies the PLAZA. Here you can enjoy the marvelous panoramic view of Hamburg.
Experiencing nightlife in any city can bring you even closer to the locals and to the vibe it gets at night. Night owls visiting Hamburg are in for a delicious treat.
St Paulis district with its famous Reeperbahn boulevard is the number one party spot in Hamburg. Also, know as “Kiez” this is the place that wakes up at night. People of all ages and all over the world come to it’s calling. This is a 930m long street which has everything you need for a successful night of partying.
You can find anything from, bars, table dance bars, nightclubs, student clubs, etc. The music varies from cabaret, techno to commercial pop. There a lot of fast food joints, so if you happened to have a one to many, you know you can sober up immediately. The atmosphere of the place was described as Vegas meets Amsterdam.
The red district will surely spark up your curiosity. Flashing neon lights and crowds of people will set you into the right vibe. There you can see nude shows, pool bars, and drag shows. Women will be delighted to find that some clubs organize male stripper shows.
As for men, there is a small street where there are only men above 18 years allowed to enter. Here you can see beautiful women sitting behind large windows on high stools, inviting you for a spicy night. And you won’t believe that there is actually a gentleman’s house right above Mcdonalds. So this only goes to show that this kind of entertainment is a part of this particular district and can be a fun experience.
Hamburg is a youthful, vibrant city, gathering millions of tourists each year. They are all attracted by the cities amazing vibe, grand culture, perfect architectural style, and the absolutely thrilling nightlife. So join the rest of the tourist and explore this fantastic city! Soak in the atmosphere a be a part of the big and unforgettable party!
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