Best walking tour and sightseeing in Hamburg

Hamburg Skyline
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Hamburg is listed as one of Lonely Planet’s top ten cities to visit in the year 2018. In the second part of this series of photo features, we walk through Hamburg’s main attractions which include the Elbe River harbour, museums and markets, and major architectural and historical landmarks.

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The Speicherstadt and Hamburg Town Hall
The Speicherstadt and Hamburg Town Hall
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UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SPEICHERSTADT

The Speicherstadt, meaning ‘City of Warehouses’, is the largest historic warehouse complex in the world. These remarkable buildings are designed in Gothic red-brick style and are located at Hamburg’s port. High-value goods such as coffee, tea, spices, cocoa and carpets are stocked in the warehouses. The picture-postcard view of The Speicherstadt is a major tourist attraction and a popular photo op for tourists. Plan a visit to the Coffee Museum at the Genuss-Speicher and enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee at the café.

Kontorhaus District
Kontorhaus District
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Night view of The Elbphilharmonie
Night view of The Elbphilharmonie
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ELBPHILHARMONIE

The Elbphilharmonie is a concert hall in HafenCity which is a district located on the Elbe river island Grasbrook. It is considered as Hamburg’s new cultural landmark and has transformed Hamburg’s skyline spectacularly. Fashioned with both old and new elements, the Elbphilharmonie is a bold glass structure designed by Swiss star architects Herzog & de Meuron.

HafenCity
HafenCity
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Town Hall as seen during night and day
Town Hall as seen during night and day
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RATHAUSMARKT SQUARE

Located in the heart of the city, the Rathausmarkt square houses the Hamburg Town Hall. The entire square is surrounded by shopping arcades ranging from high-end stores and shopping malls to smaller boutiques. Many events are hosted in this area throughout the year such as the Christmas market during the holidays and an open air cinema in the summers.

The Elbe River at sundown
The Elbe River at sundown
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TOP TIP:
ELBE RIVER CRUISE-
In the evening, you can catch the ferry and enjoy the splendour of Hamburg’s skyline by taking a cruise on the Elbe River. Sail through the untouched waters of the river and get a glimpse of Hamburg’s beaches and ports.

AUTHOR'S BIO: Shweta Andrews is the picture research manager at Lonely Planet India. She's a travel enthusiast and a baker.Follow her on Instagram for some foodspiration: @shwetaandrews.

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