A traveler’s guide to Hamburg
The second largest city of Germany, the astonishing city of Hamburg is an extremely popular tourist destination. It drags millions of visitors yearly due to its wonderful landmarks and tourist attractions. In 2007 the city welcomed almost 4 million of visitors. Thus, it is not surprising that tourism plays an important role in the economy of the city.
Some of the main highlights of this fascinating North German city are the City Hall, the St. Michaelis Church, the famous St. Pauli district, the Port of Hamburg, its museums and others. Would you like to find out more about this fantastic city? Well, if you would, I suggest you to read this article below. It will serve as a great traveler’s guide to Hamburg.
The City Hall (Hamburg Rathaus)
One of the main landmarks of the city is its beautiful City Hall named Hamburg Rathaus. It is situated in the centre of the city, more precisely in the Altstadt (Old Town) quarter. The building is characterized by both Neo-renaissance and Historicism architectural styles and works as the seat of the government of Hamburg.
The huge building was inaugurated in 1897. Today it is an important tourist attraction of the city. The richly decorated Rathaus with its recognizable tower is one of the most photographed landmarks of Hamburg.
St. Michaelis Church
Another popular landmark of the city is the breathtaking St. Michealis Church. The Lutheran church is considered the most famous religious building in Hamburg. It also drags numerous visitors yearly. Dedicated to Archangel Michael, it presents a tall Baroque spire (132 m) which dominates the city’s skyline. An attractive feature of the church (standing above the portal) is the bronze statue of Archangel Michael conquering the devil.
St. Pauli district
I am sure that you’ve already heard about the St. Pauli district. It is considered the red light district of the city. St. Pauli district actually includes a red light district around Reeperbahn Street. Numerous tourists take a walk around the area of the famous street in the quarter, especially in the evening. It is considered the largest red light district of Europe, housing innumerable nightclubs, strip clubs, bars and brothels.
The Port of Hamburg
Germany’s largest port is situated in Hamburg. It is actually a port on the River Elbe which is considered to be the country’s “Gateway to the World” as the Elbe River runs into the North Sea.
The Port of Hamburg is also a famous visitor attraction of the city. Many tourists come here to make a walk. It also offers its visitors fantastic and unique museum ships, restaurants and hotels, musical theaters, bars and even a unique floating boat church. There are also guided boat tours in the harbor.
Hamburg is home to numerous large and interesting museums and art galleries. If you are an art-lover, you will love this city. The Archaeological Museum Hamburg, the Museum for Art and Industry, the Kunsthalle Hamburg and the International Maritime Museum of Hamburg are just some of the most popular ones.