Hamburg Travel Guide
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Welcome to our essential guide to Hamburg! In this video we’ll show you how to get the very best out of this incredible city, from the best views to the best chocolate and of course, the best burger!
Join Jake and Tom as they reveal everything you need to know to start planning your own Hamburg adventure.
Welcome to Hamburg! How much could you really tell me about Hamburg? If you’re like me, then before setting out to this criminally overlooked city, you might have only known it as one of the big German cities that isn’t Berlin. I’m here to tell you that it’s so, so much more than that, and I can’t believe I went so long without visiting. Hamburg is a city on the water, and as Europe’s third-largest port, Hamburg is known as Germany’s ‘Gateway to the World’. The river Elbe is the source – the main artery that brings Hamburg to life. From river tours pacing the canals of the Speicherstadt to the container ships loaded by crane in the Harbour, trade and prosperity brought to Hamburg by the river Elbe shaped the city from its foundations. But not everything great in Hamburg sails down the Elbe. From sky-scraping concert
halls .. to miniature model railways. From Vegas-style red light district nightlife .. to cool, underground gourmet burger restaurants. Hamburg is a modern, global city with a rich history and culture, with something to fascinate everyone. We’re Jake and Tom, from Holiday Extras, and this is our Hamburg Adventure. On our first day, we’re going to see the sights the way Hamburg sells them. The full-blown Tourist experience, visiting Hamburg’s most highly recommended tourist experiences, to let you know if they make the cut. On Day 2? We loosen up a little. Find our own way. Indulge our flights of fancy, and do Hamburg the way we wanted. Indulge ourselves! We wanted to find out what Hamburg had to offer that was perfect for Jake and Tom. The two days of our trip turned out to be so different – and I hope you find what we learned useful. We learned a lot! But what surprised me the most about this trip was how fun it can be to just chase my curiosity – and break my own expectations. Our adventure started at Gatwick Airport – filling up on free breakfast in the lounge to prepare for the journey ahead. From the airport it was easy – we booked a transfer in advance – and before long we were at our accommodation, resting up before our Hamburg trip truly began. We kicked off Day One the way any good day starts – with a coffee. There are plenty of places along the river to grab a pretty great coffee, and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try my first ever big pretzel. (WHICH was great, by the way.) Charged with coffee and pretzels, we were ready to go – now it was time to get stuck in to Hamburg’s most highly recommended things to do. Hamburg is a city on the water. In central Hamburg, the river Elbe divides off into smaller, narrower canals that interlace a beautiful district called the Speicherstadt, which means ‘City of Warehouses’. The Speicherstadt is the largest warehouse district in the world- Ignore me – it’s actually the largest warehouse district in the world where the buildings stand on timber-pile foundations. Fun fact – this case, they’re made of Oak! Which makes it a big tourist attraction, and it consistently comes up as one of the most recommended places to visit in Hamburg. Now having been here ourselves? Totally agree with that. It’s beautiful, you have lovely views of the river, it’s really nice to walk around, lots of places to grab a coffee and just… just waste some time, y’know? There’s lots of other attractions that are based here as well because it’s so popular with tourists, so it’s definitely somewhere you should have on your list. Some of the most picturesque places in the city are around the Speicherstadt, and most city and harbour tours will go through here. The iconic warehouse facades are one of the most recognisable sites in Hamburg. Although we could have easily wandered back and forth over the canal bridges all morning, sipping coffee and admiring the architecture, it was time to move on. And we had a little place in mind. So this next place calls itself one of the epicentres of hamburg tourism. We’re gonna go see what we think about it for ourselves – it’s called Miniature Wonderland, or as far as I can tell in the German written name, Miniatur Wunderland? Let’s go find out!
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