NUMBER 29: Germany’s City of Culture
Hamburg is a city that offers so much for the casual traveler. I’ve visited a few times now and the culture continues to draw me back for new experiences all the time. Being Germany’s second largest city and a transport hub, it welcomes people from all walks of life. There is a thriving art scene, beautiful docks to wander about and explore, a high number of refugee’s who have brought with them, a slice of foreign culture to an otherwise strict German system.
They have a couple of good football teams too for the sports minded. I would recommend visiting the home ground of St Pauli for a match should you ever find yourself over there during the season proper. A small ground yet one with great passion and supporters who lean towards socialism and empathy to one and all. It’s part of their DNA.
Music fans will also be familiar with Hamburg as the city in which The Beatles fine tuned their craft between August 1960 and late 1962, sometimes playing shows that lasted a whole night in dark and dingy clubs. And to be fair, Hamburg has done a wonderful job at connecting their past with the future. There is so much to learn and explore on a visit to this shipping city. Be it clothes, theater, record stores, bars or sights, Hamburg has something for everybody. And with cheap airlines flying in and out on a daily basis, there is no excuse not to stop off for a few days when you are in the region.
What isn’t there to love about German’s?