I’m not quite sure why it took me this long to visit Hamburg. Now that I’ve been, I see exactly what all the fuss is about and am pinching myself for not having visited sooner! This beautiful maritime city is home to Europe’s second largest port, which houses over 13,000 ships from all over Europe. No wonder Hamburg is fondly known as the ‘The gateway to the world’. Its maritime spirit truly does permeate into every facet of the city. There are entire hotels designed with a naval theme, the ever-present cry of seagulls, as well as it being the place to eat some of the freshest fish in the country. The latticework of canals near the Elbe has Hamburg rivalling Amsterdam, Stockholm or Burges for the title of the ‘Venice of the north’. There is much to be discovered in Hamburg and, having only spent an afternoon exploring the areas around the Speicherstadt (the oldest warehouse district in the world) and the port, I can’t wait to return to uncover what else this pretty city has to offer.

10 photos that will make you want to visit Hamburg:


For more travel inspiration on Hamburg you might like:

Dropping Anchor at Hamburg’s 25Hours Hotel Hafencity

If you’re planning a trip to Hamburg, Nomadic Matt has put together a great guide on some of the best things to do in this city in his post, The Saturday City: Hamburg

Have you ever been to Hamburg? Leave a comment below or use the hashtag #wanderlust_wednesday on Instagram to share your experience with me!