Having prospered for centuries thanks to its bustling maritime port, Hamburg is Germany‘s second city and is now the country’s wealthiest and possibly its most elegant metropolis. Its latest star attraction? “Elphie”, the city’s glitzy new concert hall, which has become its new center of gravity.

Hamburg’s maritime spirit still infuses the entire city giving you the perfect itinerary: take an morning walk over to the legendary fish market, while away some time in a café on the banks of the Innen Alster river or pay a visit to the historic “Storage City”. The neighborhood was recently revamped and is now a vibrant area home to fascinating museums, multicultural eateries and hip boutiques, too. 

If you are in an adventurous mood, explore the (in)famous St. Pauli district towards Reeperbahn, with its buzzing nightlife scene where the Beatles rose to fame in the early 1960s. Hamburg’s red light district (apparently a must in every major port city) is just as stone’s throw away.