Dubai: Germany’s second-biggest city Hamburg is becoming one of the favourite travel destinations for Gulf travellers, offering them outstanding features, from great waterfront sites, high-end shopping facilities, luxurious hotels to exquisite culinary Michelin-star restaurants.
Considered as one of the top ten tourist destinations in Europe, the Hanseatic city of Hamburg continues to attract more GCC visitors marking an increase of 3.4% with 15,717 overnight stays between January and April 2019
Elbe and Alster: Strolling along the waterline and enjoying the fresh breeze
Hamburg is not just one of Germany’s greenest cities, but it also has many waterfront sites, which bestow the city with a maritime flair and a pleasant climate as temperatures tend to be cooler during the increasingly hot summer months in Europe. The inner-city lake Alster with its impressive fountains and the Elbe River, which leads to the North Sea, offer a wide range of recreational and sightseeing activities. Visitors from near and far enjoy taking tours of the harbour or walks along the amazing beaches along the Elbe-River while watching huge cruise liners and container ships passing by. The famous floating dock “Landungsbrücken” and the well-known fish market, ’- are only a few further “must-sees” to consider.
For watersports fans, sailing and pedal boats, canoes and paddleboards are available for rent at numerous sports clubs and boat-rental venues located around ‘Alster’ Lake in Hamburg’s city centre, which is famous among residents and tourists.
Moreover, travellers visiting the city this September will be part of the ‘Hamburg Cruise Days’ celebration, where Hamburg harbour is transformed into Europe’s prime hot spot for cruise shipping. Taking place every two years, the ‘Hamburg Cruise Days’ event draws more than half a million visitors to the city – an amazing show which bathes Hamburg in magical blue light for four kilometres along the harbour and at its most landmarks.
Hamburg is the perfect destination to indulge in a shopping spree. Outstanding shopping facilities and high-end boutiques can be found in the city, Which includes Alsterhaus, Inner City Alster Arcades, Galleria, Levantehaus, as well as Europapassage and Mönckebergstrasse.
Foodies can explore the culinary delights and local specialities of Hamburg. The city offers a great mix of young and creative food and beverage concepts and an outstanding variety of Michelin-star restaurants such as The Table, Jacobs Restaurant, Haerlin, Le Canard Nouveau and Das Weisse Haus (White House).
Hamburg is well-connected with daily direct flights from the Gulf region. A wide choice of high-end 5-star hotels awaits travellers from the Gulf region with excellent service, exquisite culinary experiences and highest standards of comfort. The following top-rated properties have a long tradition of serving Gulf travellers and are well-acquainted with local traditions and customs