Earlier a port, Hamburg is a culinary haven and home to futuristic architecture. Hamburg offers you a lot to do, and these are some of our top picks-
1. Museum visits
The best way to know a city is by being conscious of its history. And what better way to do that than visiting various museums.
- The International Maritime Museum is a sanctuary for anyone who fantasizes open sea. The museums’ cache of maritime artifacts is something to behold. There are whole sailboats and engrossing curios, a reproduction of Ernest Shackleton’s lifeboat and a 3,000-year-old canoe discovered in Hamburg’s harbor.
- Dialogue in the Dark is a museum that is as enticing and intriguing as it sounds. You will get blindfolded and will be led by a blind or visually impaired guide. The museum’s potential lies in its sense of role reversal, as you’ll be vulnerable and dependent on your guide for help. A museum doesn’t get more interesting than that!
2. Boat Tours
As a former port, Hamburg ought to have boat tours for you to indulge in. It isn’t just a thing to do; boat tours are the best way to see the harbor and waterside districts in Hamburg. Step aboard no.72 to gape at the HafenCity and the Elbphilharmonie.
3. Architectural wonders
Elbphilharmonie is Hamburg’s tallest inhabited building at more than 100 meters. It has a light and ethereal quality to it. On that shimmering facade, there are around 1,000 curved windows, and at the very top is the Plaza, an observation deck and cafe both open to the public. Elbe tunnel is another architectural wonder you would definitely want to visit. The style is Jugendstil, and this 426-meter long tunnel’s northern entrance is sure to catch your attention. The architecture of Hamburg’s city hall is Neo-Renaissance, it has a 133-meter-wide facade, and the tower in the center soars to 112 meters. There are short-term exhibitions inside, which are free to view. Deichtorhallen and Chilehaus are some other architectural marvels you would want to check out.
4. Fun and frolics
While in Hamburg, don’t forget to indulge in the Hamburger Dom. It is 30 days long funfair and market that sets up thrice a year. There are classic carousels, roller coasters to make you scream in joy, and sideshows. Any fair is incomplete without food. There are more than 100 stalls trade at the fair, most selling Hamburg’s beloved herring sandwiches, Currywurst, and many more delicacies.
If you wish to closely observe the city and enjoy each and everything it has to offer, then having a vehicle of your own is a great choice. The most enticing reason to drive a rental car in Hamburg is access to its interconnected bridges and easily navigated downtown areas. It gives you the freedom to visit almost any place of interest while avoiding the chaos and crowds associated with public transportation.
If you wish to take a car right from the airport, you can easily rent one from various car companies in the Arrivals Hall of Terminal 2. If you want a swift drive, then avoid the rush hours. Most cars in Germany are manual. The country is very strict about rules. So to avoid hefty fines, make sure you do not violate any. Germans are fast drivers, so be extra careful while overtaking!