A Visit to Hamburg, The City of Canals and Bridges

Hamburg is a port city in northern Germany on the Elbe River. It’s one of the most important economic and cultural centers in Europe. Besides its rich history, this city has a fantastic food scene and nightlife. If you’re planning a visit to Hamburg, you’re in for a treat! Look at our list of things to explore when visiting the City of Canals and Bridges.

Hamburg is a port city on the Elbe River

Hamburg is a city in northern Germany on the Elbe River. It’s also called “The Gateway to the World,” because it has long been an important economic and cultural center. If you want to be a traveler, not a tourist, you should visit this city’s port. Hamburg is Germany’s second-largest city after Berlin, with a metropolitan area population of more than 3.6 million people (nearly 10% of Germany’s entire population). It has always been a trading center, and its harbor is one of Europe’s largest ports, so it was no surprise when we found out that this vibrant city has some 500 bridges spanning its rivers.

Hamburg is an important economic and cultural center

Hamburg is the second-largest city in Germany and one of 16 federal states. It’s also the state capital of Schleswig-Holstein, an area with a population of 2 million people. Hamburg is located on the River Elbe, which flows into the North Sea just upstream from where it meets up with Denmark and Sweden. The city has been an important economic center for centuries due to its strategic location on trade routes across Europe and its status as a major port city.

Hamburg’s location on the river made it an ideal spot for trading goods

Hamburg is situated on the river Elbe, which connects Hamburg to other cities in Germany and Europe. The city was a center for trade and commerce because it was located on an important river connecting different European areas. As a result, Hamburg became a hub for trade with other European cities.

Explore the city on a Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour

The city of Hamburg is large enough that it can be hard to get around and see everything in one day. Luckily, many Hop-on/Hop-off bus tours are available that will allow you to explore the city while knowing where you’re going and what’s around you. When it comes to essential travel tips, there are some places you should see during your visit to Hamburg. The tours have different routes that take passengers through different parts of the city. These tours offer an overview of Hamburg’s history, culture, architecture, food scene, nightlife, shopping centers, and even its beautiful green spaces.

Several companies are operating these types of tours. You can find out which ones are running at any given time by checking their websites or asking your hotel receptionist when booking your stay in town. Once on board a bus (or boat), just sit back and relax as the guide tells stories about landmarks along the way. They will also point out points of interest so you won’t miss anything exciting!

Discover Hamburg’s attractions and nightlife

Hamburg has so much to offer – from the rich culture and fantastic food scene to nightlife options – this city is an adventure. It also has some of Germany’s best clubs, bars, and restaurants. You’ll want to experience as much of it as possible during your trip!

  • First stop St Pauli Fischmarkt – This famous fish market is a must-visit for anyone wanting to experience living here as a local – it features live music every Friday night! Many types of food are available here if you’re hungry after walking around all day.
  • Second Stop: Reeperbahn – This area is known for its red-light district filled with strip clubs, casinos, and sex shops… but not necessarily in that order! It can get pretty wild, depending on what kind of crowd you run into.

Hamburg is like Venice but on land instead of water!

No wonder this city has many canals and bridges crossing over them – like Venice but on land instead of water! Hamburg is a port city, which means it has a long history of being a trading center. Over the years, it grew into one of Europe’s largest ports and became the second-largest city in Germany by population.

The Alster (a lake within the river) is home to many leisure boats with colorful sails, while Binnenalster (the larger lake within Hamburg) is dotted with swans.

Pack your bags for a visit to Hamburg!

If you want to visit Hamburg by train, bus, or car, there are several ways to find more information. The internet has an abundance of websites that can help you plan your trip. A travel guidebook will give you detailed instructions on how to get from one place in the city to another. You can do this by public transportation and walking. You can also find maps of the town that show all its attractions, including museums and churches.

For this trip, you should make sure to pack light. You can always explore different options if there’s not enough storage space for all your belongings at the hotel. Rental storage can help you travel light and keep your belongings safe. If traveling to Hamburg by plane, ensure that your luggage weighs no more than 20 kilograms (44 pounds).

Conclusion

Hamburg is one of the most exciting cities in Europe. There are so many things to do and see that it’s hard to know where to start when you’re visiting, but don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. The best thing about a visit to Hamburg is that it’s easy to get around, and there are plenty of things for tourists and locals alike. Whether you’re new to Germany or a veteran traveler from another country, we hope this guide helps guide you through your time here!

European Capitals You Must Visit at Least Once

Push pins on a world map.

There is a reason why most people place European capitals on their wish lists! Each and every capital city in Europe presents an intriguing combination of rich history, mesmerizing architecture, friendly people, tasty food, incredible nightlife, exquisite artwork, and many more. No matter which city you decide to visit, be sure that you will fall in love as soon as you arrive. You will fall in love not with another person but with small pathways, quirky stores, flowery balconies, and roads leading to the beach. Or, who knows – maybe you do fall in love with a local too! So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bag, buy that ticket and start exploring! But, if you don’t know where to go first, we got you! We prepared a list of European capitals you must visit at least once! Thus, keep on reading.

London, England

Without a doubt, one of the European capitals you must visit at least once is London – the capital of England! This capital is host to several million tourists every year. Some tourists see the fantastic London architecture, some learn about the United Kingdom’s rich history, and some just want to have fun in a city full of posh shops and restaurants.

The best way to experience all of the things mentioned above is to hop on a New Routemaster – a double-decker bus that will take you to all of London’s hotspots and allow you to take some Insta-worthy photos. For instance, it will take you to the Tower of London, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, and many more.

Moreover, when it comes to London, we have to give you some essential tips for essential travel – get yourself an umbrella as soon as you arrive. Rain is a common sight here, so if you don’t want to be disturbed by it, have a small umbrella by your side at all times.

A picture of Big Ben and London Bridge.
London will forever be one of the European capitals you must visit at least once.

Paris, France

Welcome to the City of Light. Or, let us say, welcome to the City of Love and one of the best European destinations for singles! Just like London, Paris is also one of the European Capitals you must visit at least once in your life! Or, if you are really lucky, visit it a couple of times as one trip is not enough to see everything this beautiful city has to offer.

Some of the sights you simply can’t miss out on while in Paris are Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Arc de Triumph, Place de la Concorde, etc. But, don’t just look at these sights – learn about them! Find a tour guide who will explain these sights’ role in history. Moreover, while here, don’t forget to sit in one of those famous Parisian cafes and order an espresso and a chocolate croissant. And, check out the street vendors and buy a beret too!

Also, don’t hesitate to visit Paris in winter! The city lights will leave you breathless! And, when you get tired of all the walking and exploring the city, why not go to some of the famous ski resorts in and around Paris, such as Montmartre or Les Trois Vallées. Trust us, there are many reasons for a ski trip to Europe, that is, to Paris and France, but we will leave it up to you to find out. 

A view of Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Going to Paris must be on your bucket list!

Rome, Italy 

Ahh, Italy! There is not a person in this world who wouldn’t like to visit this sunny county where everything smells like pasta and wine and where everybody wants to be your friend. But, to understand the true spirit of Italy, one must go to its capital – Rome. Rome is, above all, a city telling Roman Empire’s history. You can see that when through the Roman Colosseum, Vatican City, Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, etc. And you can see that when just walking through the streets of Rome.

We assure you – once you start exploring the city, you will get an instant wish to move here. And why wouldn’t you? Just hire movers and let them relocate you. If you want to avoid stress when packing, the key is starting early. But, we wouldn’t worry about stress here – Rome is just naturally peaceful. 

Moreover, movers are not the only ones who can help you relocate – Trevi Fountain also can. Namely, it is believed that if you toss one coin into this fountain, you are destined to return to the Eternal City (Rome). And, if you want to return and also find the love of your life here, you must toss two coins. So, be careful what you wish for!

Trevi Fountain in Rome.
One thing is for sure – you will want to come back to Rome!

Athens, Greece 

We simply cannot talk about the European capitals you must visit at least once without mentioning Athens – the capital of Greece. Athens is, without any doubt, the oldest capital of the world. Historical landmarks stretched throughout the city for as long as the eye can see. Acropolis, Parthenon, Plaka, Herod Atticus Odeon, Panathenaic Stadium, Agora, etc., are just some of the must-see places in Athens. 

Moreover, while here, don’t forget to go to one of the many museums and galleries. This is where you will be able to learn the most about Greek history and culture. And, when you get tired of all the sightseeing (which will doubt will happen), sit in some local greek restaurant and try some authentic food and drinks. The Greeks will welcome you with amazing hospitality and, if you are lucky enough, they may play some music or let you break some plates to celebrate your trip. 

There are many European capitals you must visit at least once. We mentioned just four of them, but you already know that there are many more with visiting. So, do your own research. Maybe you will find a capital that suits your preferences more. But don’t hesitate to visit the ones we mentioned either – they are on top of all traveler’s lists for a reason. 

My Favourite Hotels Around the World

This Post Was Originally Published on the TuGo Travel Blog on November 25, 2019 by Mark Crone

The list of my favourite hotels around the world could go on and on—it’s almost unlimited. But I’ve put together a shortlist based on the hotel and the destination experience. There’s a mix of larger hotels and smaller properties. While it’s great to enjoy the hotel and its facilities, it’s also great to enjoy the area and destination. I’ve stayed at all 5 properties several times—they’re all comfortable and highly recommended. Here’s my shortlist of favourite hotels, in no particular order:

Flemings Mayfair, London

The Flemings Mayfair Hotel on Half Moon Street in London

In London, hotel choices are limitless and highly dependent on location. The Flemings is situated right in the heart of central London, in the prestigious Mayfair area. The first time I stayed there, I went for a walk through Green Park (down the street and minutes away) and literally came upon Buckingham Palace on the other side. The small hotel (129 rooms) is located on a quiet residential street which gives a homely feel to the hotel. Flemings Mayfair is an independent, family-owned property and the second oldest established hotel in London, dating back to 1731.
Room prices are available from £250 per night, which includes breakfast. It’s great value for central London and a well-equipped, recently renovated property!

Kristall Hotel, Austria

Winter view looking at the Hotel Kristall in Austria

The family-run Hotel Kristall in Perisau at Lake Achensee is a must-visit. In the winter, the area is a winter wonderland with skiing, skating, snowshoeing and more. In the summer you can go biking, hiking, golfing and trek mountains nearby. The small (50 room) hotel has a luxury feel and a comfortable ambience. There’s a renowned spa, gourmet dinners in the new vaulted cellar and weekly wine tastings in the wine repository. The hotel is a short walk from Lake Achensee, mountain attractions and nearby cable cars and mountain ranges. Staying at the Kristall is an escape holiday, where you simply lose track of days and time (the best kind of holidays)! The combination of the gorgeous landscape and the surrounding alpine world creates a lasting memory of Tyrol!
Suite prices start at 150 Euro per person with special inclusive packages available.

Royal York, Toronto

Inside a guest room at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Canada

The Fairmont Royal York, formerly and commonly known as the Royal York, is considered one of Canada’s grand railway hotels. It’s a large historic luxury hotel located along Front Street West, directly across from Union Station in the southern end of the Financial District, in central Downtown Toronto.
The hotel opened in June 1929 and has 1,363 guest rooms and suites, including Signature or Luxury, along with eight types of suites. In addition to first-rate facilities, the Royal York is connected to the PATH system, a series of pedestrian tunnels that connect numerous buildings in Downtown Toronto. There’s also a tunnel directly connecting the hotel to Union Station and to Scotiabank Arena (home of the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs, NBA Toronto Raptors and major concerts).
You can’t beat the Royal York’s location in Toronto. Room rates start at $195.

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

Caesar Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas

Caesars Palace opened in 1966 and is one of Las Vegas’s largest and best-known landmarks. The hotel is located right on the Las Vegas Strip between the Bellagio and The Mirage. Caesars is meant to give a Roman Empire feel with statues, columns and a 20-foot statue of Augustus Caesar near the entrance.
It’s a large deluxe resort property with 3,976 rooms and suites in six towers, a convention facility, a large range of restaurants and outdoor pools, among many other features. The hotel operates a large casino and “The Colosseum”, a venue for live music and sports entertainment, featuring major entertainers for one-night shows and residence stays. There’s also a sizable shopping mall attached to the resort called “The Forum Shops at Caesars”.
Despite its size, the hotel is very comfortable and has absolutely everything on site, making it a great choice for a Las Vegas stay. Rooms can be as low as $99 per night!

Burj Al Arab, Dubai

Aerial view of the Burj Al Arab in Dubai

Dubai is one of the seven emirates forming the United Arab Emirates, and it’s a very unique destination . It’s one of the most sought-after destinations for travellers from around the world, with its endless choices for fine dining, shopping, and luxury accommodations. The 7-star Burj Al Arab is perhaps the top choice in Dubai (and possibly anywhere).
The Burj al Arab is the iconic “sail” hotel located directly on the Persian Gulf in Dubai. It features all-suite accommodation, which includes butler service and a private beach. You don’t need to leave the property (and might not want to with room rates). The Burj has 201 suites, 9 restaurants, 5 pools, a spa, fitness centre and much more. If you’d like to make a grand entrance, you can arrive by helicopter on their roof or by chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce. It’s the lap of luxury and pure fantasy rolled into one: a once in a lifetime hotel experience.
It’s still one of my favourite hotels of all time! Rates start at $4,300 USD including breakfast for two.

These are my 5 favourite hotels, but my hotel list continues to grow! What’s your favourite?
Safe travels,
Mark