With canals, bike-friendly streets, waterside views and red-brick
buildings, Hamburg, Germany, is an apt alternative for cities
such as Amsterdam and Venice that are slammed with overtourism. (Fun fact: Hamburg has more bridges than Venice.) ;e
German city o;ers European charm aplenty and the best of old
and new, with a blend of baroque, renaissance, art nouveau and
Multigenerational groups will enjoy a leisurely harbor cruise
that a;ords views of the Speicherstadt, the largest warehouse
district in the world, and the adjacent HafenCity, an up-and-coming development project that aims to transform many
of the historical brick buildings into shops, o;ces, hotels
and housing by 2030. Already open is the 43,000-square-foot
Elbphilharmonie, considered one of the largest and most
acoustically advanced concert halls in the world.
Urbanites will adore the Brooklyn-esque Schanzenviertel —
called “Schanze” by locals — a formerly working-class neighborhood that has seen steady gentri;cation over the last few decades.
Now packed with trendy shops, independent record stores,
hip bars and eateries and a bustling nightlife, the transformed
district draws a creative and politically minded crowd.
Epicures, too, will get their ;ll in Hamburg: Last year, the
city was awarded a total of 15 Michelin stars for 10 of its top
restaurants. Best of all, there’s no dearth of venues along the
city’s waterways at which to relax with an ice cream or a lager.
I suggest Le Bu;et, a laid-back spot at the top of the Alsterhaus
shopping center serving food cooked to order, beer on tap and
picturesque views of the Alster Lakes. www.hamburg-travel.com
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Hall’s lobby is open
to the public.
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