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the major underdog of Europe by Matthew Pressman
If asked to think of associations
with the city of Hamburg, many people would perhaps struggle to think of
much beyond the obvious food product it lent its name to. The hamburger
is just one of several snacks that have derived its name from the German
city in which it originated; there is also the Frankfurter (hotdog) and
the Berliner (jam doughnut). But Hamburg is actually one of the most splendid
cities in Europe, and certainly not one to be dismissed so quickly.
|Taking its name from the
first permanent building that was erected on the site, a castle built by
Emperor Charlemagne in 808AD, Hamburg has now grown to be the largest non-capital
city in the EU and is Germany's principal port. The great fire of 1842
wiped out much of the old architecture, and coupled with the mass destruction
Hamburg suffered in World War 2, this paved the way for it to become a
shining example of urban modernity.
Miles of tree-lined canals
snake their way through the city, and Hamburg actually has more bridges
within its boundaries than any other town or city on earth, more than Amsterdam
and Venice combined, and the skyline is etched with the spires of five
Culturally, Hamburg is just
as rich as the landscape. There are many museums and galleries to choose
from, one of the highlights being the Hamburg Kunsthalle, which consists
of two buildings linked by an underground passage. The gallery displays
many pieces, from medieval portraiture to 20th century classics by both
German and international artists alike.
It's also worth paying a
visit to Dike Street, one of the last remaining streets from the middle
ages. The historical buildings within this pedestrianised street now house
shops and restaurants. And there is also Goose Market Square, a triangular
square with street cafes that is the perfect spot to wile away some time
either people-watching or planning the next move in this activity-rich
|As is the case with most
of the large German cities, a joint fare-collection venture exists between
the various transport companies, meaning a ticket bought for one transport
service, can also be used on another, making travel around Hamburg far
more straight-forward than it otherwise could be.
And for international visitors,
there are regular flights to Hamburg, from many European cities, including
London. Hamburg also has the oldest airport in Germany, which is yet another
factor which helps to set it apart from other German cities.
Although Hamburg may not
instantly spring to mind as being a major contender among European cities,
it could be described as being one of the major underdogs and unsung heroes
With its impressive landscape,
waterways, museums and curiously little-known facts, this all makes it
all the more intriguing a place, and would suggest that Hamburg is more
than just food for thought!
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About the Author - Matthew
Pressman is a freelance writer and frequent
flyer. When not travelling, he enjoys golf and fishing.
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Located within walking distance
to the city centre, the hotel is just 10 minutes to the largest seaport
in Germany and the CCH Congress Centre. The shopping malls, town hall,
musical theatres can be reached very comfortably by public transport.
The vast atrium with its dome providing natural daylight creates a unique
atmosphere and makes the hotel the landmark in the city. The Crowne Plaza
Hamburg features 285 guestrooms with genuine elegance, superb furnishing
and a combination of Hanseatic and English flair. Blue Marlin Restaurant
serves a Full American Buffet Breakfast, international cuisine and buffets.
King George Pub offers hot and cold drinks as well as snacks in a stylish
Moltke Novum Hotel Hamburg
The Graf Moltke Novum Hotel
with comfortable accommodation and convenient services is a superb option
for the traveller who wants to stay in the lively centre of Hamburg and
explore all its attractions. The Graf Moltke is a standard-class
hotel located in the heart of Hamburg but with quick and convenient links
to all motorways towards Lubeck, Berlin, Hannover and Bremen. Hamburg's
central station is in front of the hotel as are the underground and suburban
railway stations. This hotel offers comfortable rooms that are furnished
in modern style and facilitated with an array of elements intended for
your comfort. Start off you your day with a delicious breakfast served
in the breakfast room.
Marriott Hotel Hamburg
Hamburg Marriott Hotel is
a business-friendly hotel located in central Hamburg, close to Hamburg
State Opera, City Hall, and Rathhausmarket. Additional points of interest
include Monkebergstrasse and St. Michaelis Church. Dining options at Hamburg
Marriott Hotel include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available
24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a spa tub,
a sauna, and a fitness facility. The property's full-service health spa
has massage/treatment rooms and beauty services. High-speed Internet access
is available in public areas. Guest parking is available for a surcharge.
Additional property amenities include valet parking, multilingual staff,
and laundry facilities.
Park-Hotel Hagenbeck Hamburg
Located in Hamburg, Lindner
Park-Hotel Hagenbeck is near the airport and close to Hagenbeck Zoo, HSH
Nordbank Arena, and Color Line Arena. Additional points of interest include
University of Hamburg and Japanese Garden. Dining options at Lindner Park-Hotel
Hagenbeck include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available
during limited hours. Recreational amenities include a sauna, a fitness
facility, and a steam room. This 4.0-star property offers small meeting
rooms, secretarial services, and technology support staff. Wireless Internet
access (surcharge) is available in public areas. Guest parking is available
for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include multilingual staff
and laundry facilities.
Located in the city of Hamburg,
next to the botanical gardens and with direct access to the Congress Center
Hamburg, the Radisson Blu is only a five minute walk to the International
fairgrounds, the shopping area at Jungfernstieg, and the Alster Lake.
Tastefully decorated in a timeless and functional style, the property's
560 rooms and suites are well-equipped with modern amenities to ensure
you a pleasant stay. All the rooms offer splendid views of the city for
you to enjoy. Enjoy an exotic menu of world-class delicacies in a
warm and a pleasant atmosphere of the Trader Vic's Restaurant. The Bistro
Lounge is a perfect meeting place, where you can enjoy a wide range of
dishes and drinks as well as the relaxing view over the botanical gardens.
Hotel Bellevue Hamburg
Ideally located, offering
elegant accommodation units, the Relexa Hotel welcomes you for a relaxing
stay at Hamburg. Centrally located, close to Alster Lake, Relexa
Hotel is placed in a convenient spot famous for the shopping and is also
close to the main station. The rooms are decorated in a traditional
style and are equipped with modern amenties to make your stay a relaxing
one. This property offers elegantly decorated restaurant that serves
delicious dishes and drinks. At leisure, you can visit various attractions
of the city.
Renaissance Hamburg Hotel
is a business-friendly hotel located in central Hamburg, close to City
Hall, Rathhausmarket, and St. Michaelis Church. Additional points of interest
include Monkebergstrasse and Hamburger Kunsthalle. Dining options at Renaissance
Hamburg Hotel include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available
24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a sauna and a fitness facility.
Wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is available in public areas
(surcharges apply). This Hamburg property has event space consisting of
banquet facilities and conference/meeting rooms. Guest parking is available
for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include multilingual staff,
gift shops/newsstands, and laundry facilities.
Situated close to the close
to the Binnenalster, historical Town Hall and Europe's largest and loveliest
shopping mall, the Steigenberger Hotel Hamburg is a top class domicile.
In addition to the major office and business centres nearby, one can also
find interesting cultural highlights like the Hamburg Michel and the State
Opera. Spacious and elegantly appointed, these rooms offer
all the comforts you would expect when you are away from home. Offering
beautiful views of the romantic Alster waterways, the restaurant Calla
serves light and healthy dishes that combine European products with Asian
aromas. Serving international drinks, the Piano Bar is a great place for
meeting business partners or friends.