Kempinski Blog Article
Shying away from standardisation and normality, Hamburg is a city with both a unique nature and cosmopolitan outlook, and is well worth exploring. The city, unlike many others throughout Germany, has successfully retained certain elements of its medieval past – even today, self-governance and ancient tradition run rich throughout the place.
If there was one word that could be used to define Hamburg's history, it would be 'resilient'. In the last century alone, the municipality has endured terrible floods, hard-hitting reparations and devastating air raids, yet despite all this, contemporary Hamburg it is a thriving city that is alive with culture, commerce and opportunity.
Nothing signifies Hamburg's creative spirit more than the Beatles' love affair with the city's Reeperbahn nightclubs during the 1960s. Attracted by its creative charm and liberal nature, it isn't difficult to see why John, Paul, George and Ringo grew to love Hamburg in a way that so many other creatives have experienced since.
For those looking to go a little further back in time, there is more than enough medieval architecture to take in. From the Church of St. Michael to the city's grandiose town hall, every inch of this city can tell its own splendid story. Just make sure you bring your camera, and certainly consider taking a day or so to delve into the city's history with an experienced tour guide.
Given Hamburg's position on the River Elbe on the coast of the Baltic Sea, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that the city has a rich and proud tradition when it comes to seafood. There is exoticism to be found throughout, and over the past few decades, the city has opened its doors to an array of culinary bounties from across the world – today, you can find a huge range of exceptional dishes throughout the city.
In Hamburg there are several restaurants boasting Michelin stars, including Christopher Ruffer's 'Haerlin' and Kevin Fehling's 'the Table' – with the latter holding an incredible three stars to its name. A night spent at one of these delightful eateries is well worth it.
As Germany's second largest city, and the eighth largest in Europe, there is plenty for any potential explorer enjoy when visiting Hamburg.
St. Michael's Church
Built in the classical style between 1750 and 1762, St. Michael's is an exceedingly beautiful place to explore, with bright white walls laced with gold embellishments, marble altars, and exquisitely-carved reliefs. It is a bright, light building that, despite its size, has more in common with modern churches than others built in the 18th century.
Although Hamburg's town hall may claim to have more rooms than Buckingham Palace and a neo-renaissance style to rival the best in Europe, it isn't actually the first Rathaus to exist in the city – the old city hall was destroyed in the great fire of 1842. For those interested in learning more, tours around the site are available throughout the day for a small admission fee.
The city's top art gallery is a wonder to behold. Featuring pieces from German, Dutch and French master painters and sculptors, from the 16th century to the modern age, there is something for every taste hidden within this stately, well-kept location.
Model villages are an enjoyable diversion at the best of times, but Hamburg's Miniatur Wunderland takes the notion of a miniature town and injects it with a much-needed dose of German heartiness.
The entire attraction – also known for being the world's largest model railway – is a staggering 1,300 m² in size at the time of writing, and is set to be over 1,000 m² larger upon completion in 2020. It currently features over 215,000 individual figures, 228,000 houses, 335,000 lights, and by completion, some 850,000 work hours will have been ploughed into this recreation of Hamburg, Scandinavia and America, to name but a few.
Holidaymakers entering Hamburg will likely do so through Hamburg Airport – the international hub serves 88 locations across the globe. Within the city, you will find rapid transit rail on the S and U-Bahn networks, bus, ferry, and taxi services to use, all of which service the metropolitan area in its entirety.
Visitors arriving by rail will most likely arrive at Hamburg Hauptbahnhof, located in the centre of the city. The station is the busiest in the country and second-busiest in Europe after Paris' Gare du Nord – long distance rail passengers are perfectly positioned to take advantage of the station's ample European linkages.
Matching all the style, quality and esteem of the city at large, Hotel Atlantic Kempinski is the perfect place to stay while exploring Hamburg. Offering a luxurious spa, plush suites and waterfront location, you will feel as though you have found your very own palace in the heart of this magical city. For more information on the historic city of Hamburg, don't hesitate to contact us.