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Overview to Hamburg: Travel Guide and Tourist Information

Alster City Lake

Hamburg manages to combine a strong, working-class ethic with an artsy, bohemian outlook to great effect. In recent years, the industrial parts of the town have undergone a large regeneration program and the city is now both strikingly modern and chic.

Home to Germany's largest port, over 10,000 ships arrive into Hamburg every year, making for a vivid spectacle whichever day you arrive. Hour-long harbor tours can be enjoyed and are a must for visitors hoping to take in the great views from the water.

The Fischmarkt has been plying its wares since the early 18th century and makes for a wonderful scene on a Sunday morning. It’s advisable to get up early if you want to enjoy this slice of local color, though, as things shut up around 9.30am!

The slightly edgy, political nature of the city is best represented in the district of Schanzenviertel (also home to some of the best nightlife). Hamburg’s seedy Red Light District, the Reeperbahn, is another fascinating urban spectacle.

Visitors wanting to see how the city’s other half lives can again take to the water, this time on the Alster Lakes. Tour boats and rowing boats are available to navigate the canals between the two lakes, where you can gaze at the people and shops on the bridges above.

Art lovers should head to the Kunsthalle or the Deichtorhallen where two vast collections of outstanding works are held. Both are evidence of the pleasure and culture which mix to create a fine modern city that can't fail to have something to suit every traveler.

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