A lot has changed in Hamburg in recent years, but no list would be complete without mentioning HafenCity. This urban development project on the banks of the Elbe river enjoys views across the harbour and is a prime example of how Hamburg is growing. The historical ships and futuristic architecture here create an intriguing contrast.


You will also find the city’s latest landmark in HafenCity – the Elbphilharmonie concert hall. The building is a stunning piece of architecture, with a modern glass superstructure crowning an old docklands warehouse. Once you’re inside, you can look forward to a programme that covers the entire spectrum of classical music. The locals have really taken to their new attraction, and lovingly call it ‘Elphie’.


There is plenty to see and do at night in Hamburg. For example, not far from the Speicherstadt warehouse district is the city’s most famous quarter. The Reeperbahn is known all over the globe. It’s a great place to relax with a drink and watch the sun set on the city, and you’re sure to meet people from around the world here. Did you know that the two towers in the background are known as the ‘dancing towers’? 


When night falls over the Hanseatic city and the lights in Speicherstadt warehouse district come on, Hamburg really springs to life. When will you visit?

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