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Historical, trendy and vibrant. Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany after Berlin. A perfect destination for both business and tourism.
Hamburg has 1.8 million inhabitants and is as large as New York. Because of its size, we suggest several half hour routes, that you could enjoy before or after your business meeting.
- Head to the nearby canals and waterways, which have given Hamburg the nickname 'Venice of the North'. This port with 800 years of history is among the largest in the world and is the second largest in Europe . Nearby you’ll find the Merchants District, with its characteristic red brick architecture and stately buildings. One of the most emblematic is the Elbphilharmonie or the Elba Philharmonic, built on the foundation of an old port warehouse.
- The historic center or Altstadt is filled with lively streets, large buildings and some of the tallest churches in Europe. They’re covered with copper sheets that have acquired a green color over time. In half an hour, you can see its nooks and hidden corners as well as visit the Hauptkirche St. Michaelis or St. Michael's Church. Its tower measures 132 meters high and has a huge clock and bell tower. Nearby, overlooking the Binnenalster Lake, is the Hamburg City Hall (Rathaus) which was built at the end of the 19th century. There you can walk through the bustle of shops, galleries, museums, restaurants ...
- One of the most popular routes for those who travel to Hamburg is visiting the Fish Market or Fischmarkt, taking place on Sundays. In fact, you’ll have to wake up really early! From April to October, it opens at 5:00 a.m. and closes at 9:30 a.m. and from November to March it’s open from 7:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. However, getting up early is worth it. In addition to finding freshly caught fish, flowers, fruits, teas, clothes and antiques, you can discover here hidden gems such as the fishery where you can seat down and have a coffee, a waffle or a fish sandwich while listening to live music.
- If you prefer to see the architecture and museums in the city, we offer you three options. In less than half an hour walk from the Fish Market stands one of the most characteristic buildings, Chilehaus or Chile house, an office building declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a perfect example of German expressionism from the 1920’s. A few minutes away you’ll find the International Maritime Museum. One hour would be enough to have a look at it. Nearby you can find the Hamburguer Kunsthalle, one of the most important art galleries in Germany, including works from the Middle Ages to present day, that just finished this year its modernization project. If you take your time in its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, a couple of hours would be enough to have a look at the main rooms.
- To enter the city neighborhoods and if you stay at the NH Collection Hamburg City, you won’t have to walk more than 10 minutes to reach Reeperbahn Street, one of the most popular destinations for tourists. This street is known as the 'red light district' of Hamburg, in these buildings you can find an interesting selection of restaurants, nightclubs, bars and dance clubs. It will only take less than half an hour to know this popular area of the city.
- If you decide to go for a walk or run, near the same hotel you’ll find the Millerntor football stadium in St. Pauli as well as the largest park in Hamburg, the Planten und Blomen – 47 hectares for leisure and sports. On the other hand, if you stay at the NH Hamburg Horner Rennbahn, you can work out in the park surrounding the Derby Racecourse.
- If your rather spend your free time shopping in Hamburg, you can’t miss the Karoviertel district. It has several little stores and workshops that sell their unique items or display their craft. For a less traditional atmosphere check out the district of Sternschanze, where you can complete your stroll by making a stop at one of the trendy cafes and restaurants that abound in its streets.
Now, the commercial area par excellence of the city is in the center. On streets like Mönckebergstrasse there are department stores, shopping centers, galleries and shops housed in historic buildings. Another of the most popular streets is Spitalerstrasse, where you can find trendy international clothing stores as well as jewelers, bookstores and cafés. For luxury brands you have to head to the Jungdernstieg walk.
After a work day in Hamburg, it’s time to choose a restaurant for dinner. You won’t lack of gastronomic offers. For an informal meeting, Bullerei, in the Sternschanze District, is one of the best known restaurants in the city. Housed in an old but remodeled building, the restaurant offers a gastronomic proposal combining innovation in flavor and presentation of its traditional dishes. In addition, it has a terrace where you can enjoy sunny days and Summer and Spring nights.
La Sepia is located in this same neighborhood. You can try the local fish there at a competitive price, in its wooden chairs and banks. It’s been serving fish and seafood for two decades, and stands out for its hamburgers made with these same ingredients. It has an open kitchen and you can also visit its aquarium.
If you prefer a more formal restaurant, we suggest Parlament. It’s menu mixes German tradition with international cuisine. Located in the heart of Hamburg next to the Town Hall or Rathaus, it’s an exquisite place for cuisine with original flavors and presentation.
After your working hours, if you are looking for a drink, Gröninger Braukeller is a tavern in the historic center, that makes its own beer. In Reeperbahn, you can find Meanie Bar, a nice and informal place with a bohemian touch where you can enjoy cheap drinks and good music. Christiansens Fine Drinks & Cocktails, a modern bar with one of the best selection of drinks of the city with a medium price, is also near.
The city's nightlife can be found in the St. Pauli neighborhood, full of flashy nightclubs, bars and restaurants. One of the best known is Zur Ritze; in its basement you can visit the boxing club where Mike Tyson and the Klitschko brothers were trained.
And close by on Reeperbahn street – the so-called 'red light district' of Hamburg – you can enjoy drinks and fun in the heart of the city in spots like Halo, Club Hamburg, China Lounge or Thomas Read.
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