A Hanseatic port, renowned as the ‘Gateway to the World’ during the 19th-century mass emigrations and now one of Europe’s most popular cruise ports and host to the world’s biggest annual port festival, Hamburg’s is the beating heart of Germany’s maritime culture. The city’s maritime heritage is the subject of both the International Maritime Museum and the fascinating Hamburg Emigration Museum (BallinStadt Emigration World) and you can’t visit the city without exploring the lively Hamburg Harbor City (Hafencity), but the most authentic way to get a taste of life at sea is to step on board one of Hamburg’s Museum Ships.
Famous for its fast cars (Audi, VW, Mercedes), beer festivals (Oktoberfest) and household name supermodels (Claudia Schiffer, Heidi Klum), as well as its long and troubled history, Germany has long been one of Europe’s top holiday destinations. Whether you want to discover the world-renowned landmarks of the capital, marvel over Cologne’s UNESCO-listed Cathedral or cruise through the country’s biggest port at Hamburg, here are some of Germany’s best cities for a weekend break.
With temperatures soaring in the city, many Frankfurters escape the city to holiday in the nearby Black Forest or cruise along the Rhine River, but there are still plenty of ways to make the most of the weather without leaving the city. Here are some ideas for summer things to do in Frankfurt.
Making the most of its idyllic location on the River Elbe, Hamburgers have been holidaying at the riverside beaches since the 20th century and with temperatures soaring during the summer months, the waterfront bars and bathing areas make the perfect spot to cool off. Hamburg’s summer beach bars are renowned as some of the best in the country and whether you’re spending a weekend partying in the city or cruising along the Elbe, bar hopping along the coast is an experience not to be missed.
Once the country’s principal trade and transport routes, Germany has a long-established network of rivers and canal-ways traversing the length and breadth of the country, and there’s no more atmospheric way to discover the German countryside than sailing through its heart. From UNESCO-listed cities to cliff-top medieval castles and riverside Christmas markets twinkling with fairy lights, Germany’s best river cruises will take you to some of the country’s most breathtaking destinations. Not sure where to go first? Read on…
With its scenic canal ways and lakeside beaches, Germany’s largest cruise port offers the perfect setting for whiling away a summer’s afternoon and there are plenty of things to do in Hamburg in summer. From paddleboarding around the lake to watching a movie at an open-air theater, or letting loose at one of Hamburg’s top events and festivals; here are some ideas for making the most of the sun.