Germany’s second-largest city is often referred to as the country’s “Gateway to the World”, and for good reason. Straddling the River Elbe about 100 km from the North Sea, Hamburg takes great pride in its reputation as one of the world’s most important international port cities. Explore its lively neighbourhoods and diverse food options, or dive into its rich musical history – whatever you’re looking for, you’ll surely find it in Hamburg.
All Aboard: The Hamburg Port Anniversary
Every May, Hamburg brings more than a million local and international visitors to experience one of its most renowned celebrations – the Hamburg Port Anniversary, which is celebrating its 829th year in 2019. Prepare yourself for an entire weekend (Friday to Sunday) of celebratory spectacles, including fireworks shows, ship parades, and the tug-ballet. Other offerings include fairground rides, food and drink, flea markets, art exhibitions, and non-stop live music, making it a memorable event that the whole family can enjoy.
Catch of the Day: Hamburg Fish Market
For an authentic taste of local culture and cuisine, Hamburg’s Fish Market is not to be missed. This open-air market, which is located next to the historic fish auction hall at Hamburg’s harbour, is frequented by locals and tourists alike, selling fresh fish and seafood, fruits, teas, and more. From March 15 to November 15, the market is open every Sunday from 5:00 to 9:30 – making it both a great place to grab a bite after a long night of partying, or the perfect place for breakfast before starting your day. The rest of the year, it opens at 7:00.
All Aboard: Miniatur Wunderland model train exhibit
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Germany, Miniatur Wunderland is the largest model railway system in the world. Observe an expertly-crafted, miniature version of Hamburg that measures an impressive 200 square meters. Take a mini tour of Hamburg’s zoo, as well as Hamburg Hauptbahnhof main railway station. In addition to Hamburg, the attraction also offers miniature versions of other geographic areas, including the German region of the Harz, the Austrian Alps, France, Italy, North America, and Scandinavia. The exhibit is open every day of the week at varying hours.