Hamburg – From Speicherstadt to HafenCity
“If you’re lucky you’ll witness a winter spectacle of a very special kind: if it’s cold enough, the Alster freezes over. Then all of Hamburg is up and about, sliding around on the ice with a mulled wine in hand. ”
It's a place where amazing cruise ships drop anchor, the people speak Low German and cosy canal cruises are the order of the day – Hamburg is unique in many ways. The heart of the Hanseatic city is its port. The Hapimag resort, with its holiday apartments in their chic Hanseatic style, is located right in the centre of the city, next to the most important attractions and shopping areas.
A gateway to the world, a pulsating metropolis, bubbly and lively, cosmopolitan and liberal. Shaped by its port and trading activities, by the Elbe river and the Alster, by its churches and shipping containers – Hamburg is a city with many different facets and impresses its visitors in just as many ways.
Up-market shopping areas alternate with parks, Hanseatic understatement meets generous patronage. Other notable aspects of the city include the entertainment districts of St. Pauli and the Reeperbahn, the Kunsthalle with its artistic treasures, the Treppenviertel district with its little captain's houses and the fashionable villas in Blankenese. Famous musicals and alternative cabaret theatres, plays, ballet and cult drag shows – Hamburg's cultural offering leaves nothing to be desired.
An ever present sight in the Hanseatic city is its waterways. Impressive buildings line the banks of the Binnenalster and Aussenalster lakes, ready to be explored from an Alsterdampfer boat; canals and inland waterways invite you to take a boat trip. The gigantic port is a world of its own. It is best explored from the point of view of a seaman: from the water, on one of the many ferries.
It is possible to explore the historical symbols of the trading which made Hamburg rich from the Hapimag resort on foot: the typical warehouses of the Speicherstadt with their impressive brick architecture, the Kontorhaus district - both with UNESCO World Cultural Heritage status - and the rapidly growing HafenCity district with its hypermodern buildings.