Cool and laid-back, the “Gateway to the World”. What Frances from love exploring found in Hamburg

„Cool and laid-back, this industrial city is sometimes called the “Gateway to the World”. And it’s the perfect place for a weekend getaway.“ – that’s what Frances from love exploring tells us.

Her contribution is very extensive, here is already a little insight. But be sure to click through to love exploring and see where she has been everywhere in Hamburg.

Ever since the long-awaited opening of the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg’s shining new concert hall, in 2017, the city has cemented its place as a cultural hub for artists, music-lovers and foodies. Yet the port city – located on the estuary of the River Elbe, roughly 160 miles (257km) north-west of Berlin – manages to strike a balance between respecting its heritage and embracing the new.

Hamburg offers an eclectic mix: think converted red-brick warehouses, bustling indoor markets and kitsch museums – not forgetting at least one artisan coffee shop on every corner. Its future looks bright, too, with Europe’s largest inner-city development project currently underway on its waterfront, that will see the port area transformed into a new urban centre.

If you’re after a city break with a chilled-out vibe, look no further. Hamburg’s cobbled streets and canals feel like they were made for leisurely strolling, delving into side streets for coffee-and-cake breaks or a craft-beer pit stop. Sound good? Here’s our guide to spending 48 hours in Hamburg.

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