Hamburg: A GCC traveller’s summer haven


Germany’s second biggest city, Hamburg, is quickly gaining a reputation among GCC travellers, with outstanding waterfront sites, high-end shopping facilities and luxurious hotels facilitating an influx from the region. 

Considered one of the top 10 tourist destinations in Europe, the Hanseatic city of Hamburg witnessed a 3.4 per cent jump in GCC visitors, with 15,717 overnight stays recorded between January and April 2019.

Hamburg’s many waterfront sites give the city a maritime flair and a pleasant climate as temperatures tend to be cooler during the increasingly hot summer months in Europe. The inner-city lake Alster with its impressive fountains and the Elbe River, which leads to the North Sea, offer a wide range of recreational and sightseeing activities. Gulf visitors can enjoy tours of the harbour or walks along the amazing beaches along the Elbe-River, while watching huge cruise liners and container ships passing by. The famous floating dock, Landungsbrücken, and the well-known fish market are only a few further must-sees to consider. For water sports fans, sailing and pedal boats, canoes and paddle boards are available for rent at numerous sports clubs and boat-rental venues located around Alster Lake in Hamburg’s city centre, which is famous among residents and tourists.

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Moreover, travellers visiting the city this September will be part of the ‘Hamburg Cruise Days’ celebration, where Hamburg harbour is transformed into Europe’s prime hot spot for cruise shipping. Taking place every two years, the ‘Hamburg Cruise Days’ event draws more than half a million visitors. It’s an amazing show which bathes Hamburg in magical blue light for four kilometres along the harbour and at its most landmarks.

Hamburg is the ideal destination for shopping enthusiasts, with outstanding shopping facilities and high-end boutiques located in the city centre, including the luxurious Alsterhaus – Hamburg’s most famous department store, located along the Alster Lake and spread on five floors. Meanwhile, located close to the Alster Lake landing pier, the Alsterarkaden is one of the city’s most visited shopping areas with its Mediterranean flair and exclusive shops. The Mellin Passage, connecting the Alsterarkaden with the ‘Neuer Wall’ shopping street, is the oldest shopping arcade in the city and home to flagship stores of luxurious brands as MCM, Cartier, Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Armani.

Finally, the elegant Galleria Passage awaits guests at Hamburg’s most prominent shopping district, which boasts an attractive range of fashion and lifestyle products, with numerous restaurants and cafes.

In the Levantehaus, all the shopping needs of visitors are met, from fashion and luxury stores to coffee shops and mouth-watering bakeries. Here, guests will enjoy a truly remarkable experience when selecting their favourite custom-made shoes at Leila Olbrich or when letting Goldsmith H. C. Kay design their personalised jewellery pieces.