Lonely Planet Magazine (US) - - Easy Trips -

The sec­ond-largest city in Ger­many, Ham­burg throbs with in­ter­na­tional beats. At times you’ll for­get you’re even in Deutsch­land, thanks to the city’s unique stew of dif­fer­ent cul­tures. Walk down a pedes­trian street and you’ll pass a Por­tuguese seafood bistro, a Mid­dle East­ern mar­ket and a de­signer bou­tique that de­fies cat­e­go­riza­tion. Mean­while, the stun­ning $934 mil­lion Elbphil­har­monie con­cert hall, which opened in 2017, cap­ti­vates with its de­tails: the glass top shim­mers like crys­talline sails, while the base re­flects the brick aes­thetic of the sur­round­ing his­toric and oh-so-walk­a­ble HAFENCITY port area. From here, al­lur­ingly ac­ces­si­ble Ham­burg ra­di­ates out along its vast har­bor and the Elbe River. Sur­prises abound: three-sea­son river­front beach bars, nightlife that’s among Europe’s best, and low-rise charms that re­ward wan­der­ers who use the city’s dozens of old steeples as com­pass points.

» Don’t Miss Early on Sun­day, thou­sands of lo­cals and vis­i­tors hit the famed Fis­chmarkt in the St. Pauli neigh­bor­hood. Go there to drink beer, buy fish and lis­ten to Ger­man pop mu­sic.

Bullerei restau­rant in Ham­burg is housed in a for­mer cat­tle hall.

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