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With a history dating back 1,200 years, the second most populated city in Germany currently continues to be a prosperous maritime enclave which has brought it wealth and fame for centuries. Hamburg, the Free and Hanseatic City of the Holy Roman Empire is the country’s maritime gateway, open to the North Sea through the Alster lake and the river Elbe. One of the marvels of the hotels in Hamburg is that you can admire the bridges and canals that define the city’s landscape and appreciate the perfect harmony of this port setting.
Hamburg boasts its own unique way of life. That’s what often occurs with these cities whose strong personality has been maintained since its origins. Accustomed to being the key entry and exit point for travellers and goods, the city has known how to benefit both financially and culturally from this contact with the outside world.
Among Hamburg’s noteworthy places of interest are its many theatres and concert halls, such as the Theater im Hafen and the State Opera House. Not surprisingly, the city is considered the world’s third music metropolis, up there with New York and London, which makes Hamburg a popular holiday destination to attend the many international festivals which take place throughout the year.
Those who enjoy outdoor activities have the option here to enjoy great walks and to discover firsthand the charms of the “City of Water”. Not even by combining all the bridges of Amsterdam and Venice would you exceed the more than 2,300 bridges criss-crossing the city canals. These are the bridges that provide access to some of Hamburg’s most iconic sites such as Krameramtswohnungen (the pretty area that conserves the traditional houses from the 17th century merchants), the Neogothic St Nicolas’ Church or the City Hall, with its popular 112-metre high tower.
The city can also be visited by boat, by taking one of the lines that departs from the piers at Biennenalster, which as well as the trip, usually offer tasting sessions of typical local dishes such as Bohnen und Speck (pancetta, beans and pears) or Rote Grütze (a traditional red berry pudding).
Hamburg is the perfect destination for those who seek exclusivity. An eclectic city full of contrasts which, from the lake-side mansions to the alternative district of St. Pauli, seduces visitors with consistently original offers of leisure, gastronomy, shopping or culture.
The designer accommodation of a hotel such as the Barceló Hamburg allows visitors to never miss out on the authenticity of being in the city founded by Charlemagne. This spontaneous blend of past and future is also evident in the architecture of Hamburg, ranging from the most modern and luxurious hotels to the charm of its popular buildings or the beauty of its regal mansions. Spending a few days immersed in these contrasts alongside Barceló Hotel Group is the best way of understanding the transformation the city is still undergoing and form part of this interesting change in luxurious surroundings.