And there are a lot of people willing to give you that earful: Hamburg has Germany's fastest-growing tourist rate because it offers something for everyone. While many European cities have managed to brand (or be branded) in such a way that makes them very attractive to one or two types of travelers, versatile Hamburg offers a smorgasbord of attractions for different types of visitors from all over. If you're one of the five types of travelers listed below, consider booking a visit to "the Gateway to the World."
1. The Highbrow Traveler
You appreciate the finer things. You want to be engaged cerebrally and have your senses wowed. Lucky for you, Hamburg is home to Germany’s oldest public opera house, the Hamburg State Opera (Große Theaterstraße 25, 20354). The Elbe Philharmonic Hall (Am Kaiserkai, 20457), the most expensive concert hall in the world, opens this month. And perhaps it’s not high art, but who wouldn’t be delighted by Miniatur Wunderland (Kehrwieder 2-4/Block D, 20457) a massive warehouse full of miniature models and figures, including the largest model railway in the world?
2. The Bohemian Globe Trotter
Gritty and scruffy is more your style. You don’t want to stay in high-end chain hotels and experience a sanitized version of the city; you want to see a real city full of real people. Well, it doesn’t get any realer than the famous St. Pauli area of Hamburg. St. Pauli’s residents are famous for their edgy disposition, dedication to social causes and general cool factor. The famous red-light district, The Reeperbahn, and the raucous atmosphere of the Milerntor Stadion (Harald-Stender-Platz 1, 20359), FC St. Pauli’s home ground, embody the spirit of the neighborhood. And if you time it right, you can visit Hamburger Dom (Heiligengeistfeld, 20359), the eminently popular thrice-a-year carnival.
3. The Nature-Loving UrbaniteHamburg-Nord, 22303). Take a walk, check out the planetarium, and have a picnic or even a barbecue. Other Hamburg parks include Planten un Blomen (Jungiusstraße 1, 20355) and Alsterpark (Harvestehuder Weg, 20149). Hamburg’s most successful football club, Hamburger SV, plays in the giant, beautiful Volksparkstadion (Sylvesterallee 7, 22525), ideal for a nice soccer-watching afternoon.
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