It may be one of the smallest states in Germany, but Hamburg holds its own with the bigger states when it comes to tourist attractions. Calling itself the Gateway to the world, Hamburg City itself is also considered to be wealthiest urban centre in the country. Its hands have been in trade and commerce ever since the establishment of the Hanseatic League in the Middle Ages. Its standing went up through the centuries, mainly because of its strategic position by the major waterways.
Such was its maritime influence then, which now reflects on the old parts of the city. This rich historical background is only one part of the attractions here, as vibrant neighbourhoods can be found in Hamburg. Those going here will find multicultural eateries, while others can enjoy the live and electronic music scene for those looking for a lively nightlife.
What to see & do
The state of Hamburg, despite its size, features a number of excellent attractions. One can start with the museums of this fine region, such as the Miniatur Wunderland, where one will see the largest model of a railway system in the world. Visitors can also see sections on small-sized imitations of Hamburg, Austria, America, and Scandinavia. Some of the construction sites are also open, which can suit those who want to observe and understand the construction.
From here, visitors can check out the Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe in a neo-Renaissance palace. Considered to be one of the most significant museums in applied arts in Europe, tourists can find here exhibits on crafts and interior design in various continents around the globe. After finishing here, tourists can then check out more displays in other museums such as Ballinstadt (the emigration museum), Spicy's Spice Museum (with hands-on displays) and the Hamburg Dungeon (a haunted house for those who would like a thrilling scare).
When one is done with the museums, other areas to explore would be the beautiful architecture in the state, such as the Chilehaus (Chile House) that is shaped like an ocean liner. This wonderfully done piece of expressionist work can be amazing to see, especially for those who have an interest in abstract art or maritime design. Those looking for other architectural sights can then move on to St Pauli Elbtunnel, a grey building on the west of the St Pauli landing piers. Topped by a copper cupola, this structure marks the entrance to the long passageway beneath the river, which is still being used by vehicles and pedestrians. Tourists can then visit the harbour for the Speicherstadt, a group of old buildings which build on Hamburg's trading role.
Those exploring other parts of the state will also find monuments to the Beatles, which show how much of a fan Hamburg is. The Beatle-Platz was designed to look like a vinyl record, with its abstract steel structures that form representations of the four members, as well as a hubris of Ringo Starr and Pete Best. Tourists can then head into the suburbs to see Sullberg Hill. One can see from the narrow, cobbled streets the most expensive houses in Germany. When night falls, tourists can then venture to Grosse Freiheit, which lies near the red-light district of the region.
How to get around
Those going around the state will find the transport system convenient due to the presence of buses ferries, U-Bahn, and S-Bahn. Taxis can also be found all over the area, which one can flag down and board for destinations within Hamburg region. One can also rent a car in Hamburg and then drive through the major thoroughfares across the city and the surrounding area. Parking can be costly, however, especially in the city centre.
How to get there
Travellers planning to visit Hamburg State can board regular or seasonal connecting flights to Hamburg Airport. Airlines serving here include Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, airBaltic, Air Berlin, Air Europa, Air France, Air Lituanica, Air Malta, Air VIA, Atlasjet, Austrian Airlines, BMI Regional, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Bulgarian Air Charter, Condor, Corendon Airlines, Czech Airlines, easyJet, easyJet Switzerland, Emirates, Finnair, Flybe, Freebird Airlines, Germania, Germanwings, Iberia, Icelandair, InterSky, Iran Air, KLM, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Luxair, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Nouvelair, Pegasus Airlines, Rhein-Neckar Air, Ryanair, Scandinavian Airlines, Sky Work Airlines, SunExpress, Swiss International Air Lines, Sylt Air, Tailwind Airlines, TAP Portugal, TUIfly, Tunisair, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, VLM Airlines, and Vueling.