Home to an impressive collection of museums, art galleries and cultural institutions, it’s little surprise that Frankfurt’s Museum Embankment (Museumsufer) is among the city’s top attractions and you could spend weeks exploring all that it has to offer. More than a dozen museums line the Main River in Frankfurt’s historic Sachsenhausen district, housed in a series of elegant 18th century villas, linked by a scenic promenade and fronted by pretty waterfront gardens.
A lively neighborhood situated just north of St Pauli, Hamburg’s Schanzenviertel district, or the ‘Schanze’ as it’s known to locals, is the heart of the city’s alternative scene – a bohemian quarter crammed with art galleries, curio shops and one-of-a-kind cafés. The best way to explore Schanzenviertel is on foot and the main attractions are clustered around the main streets of Schanzenstraße and Sternschanze, which are buzzing with activity both day and night.
With huge fireworks displays, traditional treats like Feuerzangenbowle (spiced mulled wine) and Marzipanschwein (marzipan pigs), and street parties taking off around the country, New Year’s Eve, or ‘Silvester’ as it’s known locally, is the biggest event on the German calendar. Whether you want to join the free festivities in the capital or splash out on a New Year’s cruise along the Rhine, there are plenty of choices for where to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Germany – here are a few ideas.
Almost every town and city in Germany hosts one or more Christmas markets and with its strategic location and excellent transport links, Frankfurt makes a good choice for seasonal shoppers, with easy access to the Rhine Valley, Bavaria and the Black Forest. Get your fill of Christmas spirit by adding these 5 Christmas markets around Frankfurt to your itinerary.
Germany’s biggest port city transforms into a sea of lights for the festive season and with the perfect blend of tradition and innovation, celebrating Christmas in Hamburg makes an atmospheric choice. The holidays in Hamburg typically kick off on November 11th (St. Martin’s Day) when the city’s restaurants unveil their Christmas menus (including their famous roast goose), but it’s towards the end of the month when locals really start feeling the Christmas spirit, as the legendary Christmas markets begin to open.
With temperatures plummeting and a good chance of snow, visiting Hamburg in winter might not be the best time for outdoor sightseeing, but with plenty of seasonal festivities going on, it’s still an atmospheric time to visit.