- Place or Historical Monument
- Unesco World Heritage
- Off the beaten track
After Berlin, Hamburg is Germany's second largest city. I particularly enjoyed walking in the city centre, especially the Rathausmarkt which sits in front of the city hall and its overshadowed by its large steeple.
If you want to go off the beaten track, I strongly suggest the tour of Hamburg's Kontorhaus district, in the Burchardplatz area. You'll see the many Kontorhaus from afar: imposing buildings in dark brick. The Chilehaus (1924) is just one stunning example, with its unusual architecture resembling a large ocean lined, as is the Sprinkenhof (1930), a business enclave of sorts which is home to a number of offices.
Continue your visit by heading to the Speicherstadt: this traditional quarter is home to more than 300,000 square metres of warehouses, each with green copper roofs. Some say it is the largest warehouse complex occupied by a single tenant in the world. A true Aladdin's cave of spices, coffee, raw silk and oriental carpets. Discover what lies down untrodden paths!
If you enjoy boat trips, take the time to head to the Alster Lakes, to the north of the city and enjoy a speedboat tour. The panoramic view the lake offers of the city is simply magnificent!