By Libby Peck

Off of the River Elbe, this port city has been one of the main sources of trade for Germany since at least the 13th century. Hamburg, known in modern times for being one of the best metropolitan areas in the entire European Union and also Germany’s media hub, is very much an international city. The arts thrive here with unique centuries-old influences from all over the world, and a mix of pre- and post-World War II architecture is abound. We invite you to enter the world of a Hamburger—we promise it’s much more chic than it sounds.

As well connected as Hamburg is, it’ll be no issue for you to fly into the city. advises booking your flight to Airport Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel (HAM). Check out next available departures just by clicking this link (! This airport is designed for comfort, as there is a hotel inside one of the terminals and the runways are surrounded by meticulously kept lawns and trails, just so plane-watchers can enjoy the scene. Want to get out of the airport? We don’t blame you!  We’ve got you covered—just click here for hotel bookings in and around the city center (

Hamburg’s stance as a major port city means that its harbor area is the perfect place for exploration for visitors. Find the Landungsbrücken, or landing bridges, to find easy and fast places to eat and shop. suggests finding a company to take a boat tour from while in this area of town, as the views of the city from the river are absolutely beautiful. Want to save some money? If you’ve been using a Hamburg transit pass, you’re able to use the HADAG Ferry free of charge. Tend to get seasick? Stay grounded with tours of the several maritime museums around the harbor; thinks these are best for inquisitive, younger travelers.

If you are lucky enough to travel in the summer months, make sure to spend a lot of time at the harbor in May. Hafengeburtstag, or Harbor Birthday, has been the largest harbor celebration in the entire world since the late 1980s, and the party shows no signs of slowing down! There is also a Japanese Cherry Blossom festival in Hamburg around the same time. thinks you would be a very lucky traveler indeed to be able to experience both in one trip!

Aside from these festivals, the Hamburgers (with that “a” pronounced as “ah”, before we confuse you into thinking we’re referring to patties of meat) really know how to love life. There are several rock clubs and also frequent open air shows during the summer. Several theaters, including opera house Staatsoper, are home to modern musicals as well as classical music. advises that these shows are normally all in German, but it’s no means to not experience a very prominent part of this city’s culture.

And how much culture would you really experience in a strange and unknown land without trying some of its specialties? For a refreshing pick-me-up, ask for Alsterwasser. It’s carbonated lemonade mixed into beer! If you’re more interested in pastries than brews, wants you to try Franzbrötchen, which is almost exclusively available in Hamburg. This sweet treat resembles a flat croissant and has fillings with cinnamon, sugar, brown sugar, and sometimes raisins. Also, take note if you try ordering a hamburger in Hamburg—you’ll receive a Frikadelle, which is like a hamburger only in the fact that both contain ground beef!

We’ve already mentioned the maritime museums above, but we want to make sure you’re not skipping the art museums! suggests going to Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, which is inside an 18th century palace with original walls and ceilings. Pieces from ancient civilizations to modern art in the Eastern and European worlds are housed here. We also suggest checking out the Deichtorhallen to see what exhibitions are currently in house. Two buildings make up the collections, one for contemporary art and the other for photography. As a European cultural and media hub, it’s likely that very important exhibitions will come through here.

The chic Hamburger way of life is full of music, art, and celebrations of heritage. knows this is a wonderful destination for all sites of travelers, and encourages you to book a trip today.


  • 1. Warehouse District
  • 2. Miniatur Wunderland
  • 3. Town Hall
  • 4. Alter Elbtunnel
  • 5. Hamburg Zoo
  • 6. International Maritime Museum
  • 7. Saint Nikolai Memorial
  • 8. Alster Lakes
  • 9. Planetarium Hamburg
  • 10. Hafen Hamburg


  • 1. Hamburger DOM - March
  • 2. No Mercy Metal Festival - April
  • 3. Hamburg Port Festival - May
  • 4. Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival - May
  • 5. Hamburg Harley Days - June
  • 6. Fleetinsel Festival - July
  • 7. Alster Fair - September
  • 8. International Fireworks Festival - September
  • 9. International Boat Show - October
  • 10. New Year Fireworks - December


Le Meridien Hamburg
An der Alster 52-56 Hamburg, 20099 Germany
By Emma McCurdy

From art museums and the State Opera, to clubs on the river Hamburg Germany is the place to be. Located on the banks of the peaceful Aussenalster Lake, the Le Royal Méridien Hamburg Hotel is a short 20 minute drive from the airport. Limited airport pick-up is offered, as well as covered and outdoor parking facilities. Shopping, museums, music, and much more are located within short walking distance from the Le Royal Méridien Hamburg Hotel.
After checking in, your luxurious room awaits you. From basic rooms to suites your room will be relaxing and glamorous your entire stay. The rooms are equipped with plasma flat screen televisions, in-room entertainment systems, high speed internet, and many other items to keep you from missing home. A good night’s sleep will not be difficult in the therapeutic beds offered in all of the rooms. The showers are roll-in accessible and the Le Royal Méridien Hamburg Hotel is committed to making their hotel accessible to everyone that would like to stay.
If you are in need of some relaxation time or need to get ready for your business meeting look no further then Le Royal Méridien Hotel. Offered inside the hotel is the Emotion Spa which offers revitalizing massages and beauty treatments, a majestic heated pool, sauna, and steam room are offered to guests as well. If on a business trip take advantage of the accessible business center offered to guests. With available high speed internet your business meeting can run smoothly and efficiently. Don’t know what else to do? Hop on over to the concierge desk where they can help you find the right thing to do on your day in the town.  
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