Hamburg’s significant positioning to the North Sea led to its fish market and trade soaring, having been declared an Imperial Free City in 1189, the city had tax-free access and became one of the busiest ports in Europe. Most of the restaurants in Hamburg boast a wide array of fresh fish, in fact a Fisch Brotchen (a fish sandwich) is one of the most popular things to eat at any of the markets. Don’t forget the German beers and tasty sausages though! The city boasts centuries of art from medieval to contemporary and photography exhibitions, a wide variety of museums, as well as operas, theatres and nightlife, most of which can be found in St Pauli’s Reeperbahn. One of the many Hamburg parks and outdoors spaces are a perfect place to soothe those misty heads.
During the summer, Hamburg enjoys long days due to its northern latitude and many of the locals enjoy the evenings in the beer gardens, drinking the local brew. Outside the city center, kids love the Hagenbeck Zoo and Aquarium, while soccer fanatics should catch a game, supporting either Hamburger SV or FC St. Pauli Hamburg.