Fish city - Hamburg

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Hamburg is a city of musicals, theaters, including the famous Thalia Theater (the oldest in Hamburg) and museums – with a particular emphasis on Panoptikum, the largest wax museum in Germany.

In the northern part of Germany, on the Elbe River, there’s Hamburg - the second largest German city, and the largest port in the country (and one of the largest in the world). It’s financial and industrial center, rail and road junction and an important place for container handling. It’s also a cultural and historical center of the undeniable position in the country as well as the whole continent. It’s difficult to count how many museums and theaters it houses.

Speaking of Hamburg museums, we cannot forget about the last from a series of "white swans of South Atlantic" - the Cap San Diego. This beautiful ship-museum is a maritime statue of eye-catching elegance. It is the world's largest freighter, which serves as a museum, and at the same time it’s still operational. Docked at the Port of Hamburg since 1986, offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the history of shipping and the port.

Hamburg from the sea side

Beginning the story of Hamburg with the port has its reason. The majority of monuments of the old part of the city were destroyed during World War II (tragic Allied carpet bombing), so in search of traces of its former glory you should go to the port. It houses the world's largest complex of barns built in the style of Wilhelminian Gothic brick architecture - Speicherstadt. Although those are warehouses, they are beautiful, which is due to slender towers, a design composed of several floors and an original façade. Centuries-old red barns are located between Baumwall and Deichtorhallen.

If you plan to spend Sunday in Hamburg, should take the opportunity to see what can be bought at the fish market. You just have to get up in the morning, which is about 5.00 (7.00 in winter) o’clock and go to the century-old hall Altonaer Fischauktionshalle to be able to enjoy Fischbrötchen (bread with freshly fried fish) and a strong, aromatic coffee. Besides, both residents of Hamburg, as well as visitors like to come here for brunch.

A great number of tourists also enjoy the district of Blankenese - the former fishing village, connected to Hamburg in 1938. You can admire it from the sea, during a cruise ship, as well as from the mainland, while walking along the picturesque streets. The district is very comely, especially at Bahnhofstrasse. We can find a number of cafes, restaurants, church and shops with a varied assortment there.

Green city

Hamburg life concentrates not only around the harbor. Its old part is surrounded by modern housing, ingeniously integrated into the green spaces. In the new, western part there’s the most beautiful baroque church in northern Germany – the Church of Saint Michael. Its tower (132 meters high) dominates over the town, while its summit offers a wonderful view of Hamburg and harbor.

Jedno z miejsc, w którym zieleń jest wyjątkowo piękna, to Planten un Blomen, park miejski z największym w Europie ogrodem japońskim, oranżerią oraz ogrodem botanicznym. Kolejne to Stadtpark, z terenami do biegania i gry w piłkę, z pływalnią i placem zabaw.

Lovers of walks will love Alsterpark, lying on the banks of the Alster (tributary of the Elbe). This is one of the most popular recreational places in Hamburg. Two lakes, Außenalster i Binnenalster, a large amount of green areas and a promenade of 1.5 km make this place even more charming. There’s no lack of cafes and restaurants.

Overnight in a motorhome in Hamburg

Those, who would like to stay in the vicinity of the city, can use the services of Camping Buchholz, a year-round campsite located approx. 4 km from the center of Hamburg. An adult will pay 6 euros per night, while parking place for motorhome costs 16 euros.

The second proposal is Camping Land an der Elbe Hamburg, open from April to October. It’s a family-friendly campsite, existing since for over 50 years. It will appeal especially to seekers of slightly lower prices and accommodation among natural setting. The place for motorhome costs (camping there are 120) pay 8 euros per day and for accommodation - 7 euros. Hamburg city center can be reached within 30 minutes by car.

It’s really worth visiting Hamburg, and not only because in 2011 it received the title of European Capital of Cleanliness. Despite the severe damage it underwent during the war, it’s still beautiful. It also has a lot to offer - in any time of the year.

Translation: Karolina Strzałkowska

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