Hamburg Cruises

Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany behind the capital Berlin, and has long been a popular destination with overseas visitors.

Many of those visitors arrive by sea, with Hamburg being home to one of the largest ports anywhere in Europe. As a result, most of the major cruise lines that sail in the region include stops in the German city as part of their itineraries.

There is plenty to see and do once you leave your ship, with modern-day Hamburg having a wide range of attractions that are waiting to be explored.

Many of those attractions are linked to Hamburg’s maritime heritage, including the Internationales Maritimes Museum Hamburg and two that are located on ships docked in the port.

Other museums include the Museum for Art and Industry, the Kuntshalle Hamburg (a contemporary art gallery), the Kiekeberg Open Air Museum and Miniatur Wunderland.

The latter is the largest model railway attraction in the world, with more than 15,000 metres of track featuring model trains travelling through hand-built landscapes that show off various areas of the world.

A number of important religious buildings can be found across Hamburg, with the spires of St Michael’s and St Catherine’s and the remains St Nicholas being worth a visit.

St Nicholas was one of the largest churches in the city but was heavily damaged in the Second World War, with only the crypt and tower remaining as something of a memorial. An elevator allows visitors to travel to a platform within the tower to look out across the city.

If you want a break from the city streets, various parks provide somewhere to enjoy some peace and quiet, with the Planten un Blomen urban park in the heart of the city being one of the most famous – down in part to the water light concerts that are held throughout the year.

Hamburg hosts various festivals and events throughout the year, but visit during the winter months and you’ll have chance to spend time exploring one of the largest and most popular Christmas markets in Germany.

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