Senior Travel to Hamburg

Jul 21st, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Hamburg is often referred to as the ‘Gateway to the World’ or the “Beauty and Highlight of the North.” With innumerable attractions, the green city on the River Elbe is said to be one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. Sometimes a sin city, sometimes a maritime paradise, sometimes a cosmopolitan, stylish city-state…Hamburg is a lot of different things to different people.  Despite its innumerable attractions, it is Hamburg’s laid-back self-assurance that draws in most senior travelers.

The harbor is the heart of the city and one of the most important harbors in Europe and the world.  The city takes great pride in its mercantile background, which built the city’s wealth in the past centuries.  Hamburg is also one of the most important media hubs in Germany. Half of the nation’s newspapers and magazines have their roots in Hamburg.  Hamburg is a major transportation hub in Northern Germany and is one of the most affluent cities in Europe.

Hamburg is the second-largest city in Germany and the eighth-largest city in the European Union.  The city is home to over 1.8 million people, while the Hamburg Metropolitan Region (including parts of the neighboring Federal States of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein) has more than 4.3 million inhabitants. The port of Hamburg is the fourth-largest port in Europe (fourth to Port of Antwerp and Rotterdam and Cork City), and the eighth largest in the world.

The city is a major tourist destination both for domestic and overseas senior visitors, receiving about 7.7 million overnight stays in 2008.  Hamburg ranked 23rd in the world for livability in 2009, higher in some alternate rankings and in 2010 the city ranked 10th in the world.

Hamburg has more than 50 museums, from the Museum of Art and Craft to special exhibitions in the Bucerius Art Forum to the miniature railway wonderland in the warehouse district.  From Ernst Barlach House to the Hamburg Dungeon, there is no limit to art in Hamburg.  These maps will give you a sense of location and specific sites.

Water, water everywhere – Germany’s biggest port has always been outward-looking.  Its dynamism, multiculturalism and hedonistic red-light district, the Reeperbahn, all arise from its maritime history.  Still overshadowed internationally by Berlin and Munich, domestically Hamburg is known as a natural achiever.  Lonely Planet provides lots of information on money and costs here. TripAdvisor lists the top-rated hotels B& Bs and top-rated things to do (152 to be precise).

The Hamburg City Hop-on Hop-off Tour-Red Double Decker is the ideal way to get around Hamburg, and be part of a fantastic tour at the same time. I always feel that a bus tour is a great way to spend your first day in an new city.  Grey Line is one of my favorites. The Red Double Decker Bus will take you to the most interesting sights in the new and old parts of Hamburg. It is possible to get off the bus at different places and to continue the tour later.  Just wait for the next one of the Red Double Deckers and continue your journey.  So while you are in Deutschland, take in Hamburg and enjoy!  jeb

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