Hamburg is on the banks of the Elbe River, from the UK it can be a short party cruise, a local cruise, a gateway to the Baltic. Hamburg can feature in so many cruise programs. However, it is for many a taster, a few days on a ship for the first time. Hamburg on Google Maps
Hamburg is a huge busy port and has been for many generations, as over 1,000 years ago it began as a Hanseatic League port. Even the Romans settled here and made it an important city. It was bombed heavily during the war and both modern and ancient have been redeveloped and restored. This is a city layered in history and art. It has cosmopolitan shopping, dining and nightlife. The city has two Alster lakes the Inner Alster lake is surrounded by cafes and like Bruges, Copenhagen and St Petersburg it has hundreds of canals and over 1000 bridges. The 17th century Zollenbrücke Bridge is fantastic. Like those other Baltic cities it has been destroyed by fire many times throughout history. The city’s central Jungfernstieg boulevard connects the Neustadt (new town) with the Altstadt (old town), home to landmarks like 18th-century St. Michael’s Church. It is also the home of the world’s second oldest bank, Berenberg Bank and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. Also in it’s history is its love for British music in the 1960’s and it is where the Beatles and many other bands played before having their huge international fame. Constructed between 1886 and 1897, Hamburg Rathaus (City Hall) is in the city centre, at the Rathausmarkt square, and near Binnenalster lake and the central station. Its belfry stands higher than the many other church steeples. And, it has a paddle steamer !
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