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!

Charming Villages in Austria for a Cozy Winter Vacation

A charming village in Austria.

Austria is known for its idyllic landscapes, beautiful architecture, and enchanting Christmas markets. In addition, this beautiful country is also a haven for those who like to practice winter sports in Europe. Massive snowfalls, however, transform practically all Austrian villages into fairytale settings right out of the movie Frozen from November to March. Unfortunately, most tourists visit only popular cities like Vienna, Salzburg, or Innsbruck. For this reason, we have prepared an article about those charming villages in Austria where you can go for a cozy winter vacation whether you want to practice winter sports or not. By visiting these villages, you will discover the authentic Austrian spirit and realize just how beautiful this country truly is. So let us proceed in our journey to discover the charming villages that you have to visit when in Austria.

Hallstatt

This tiny village, found on the shores of the lake with the same name, is one of the most beautiful villages in Austria. The Salzkammergut mountains surround Hallstatt and give it a picturesque view that you would never believe to be true. Moreover, this village is so unique and valuable that it became a UNESCO World Heritage site. Over 2000 prehistoric graves were found near Hallstatt village, suggesting that this area might be the cradle of Austrian civilization. In addition, the many 16th century buildings around the local market square will make you take an architectural trip back in time. However, besides admiring the beautiful surroundings, you can also have some fun. For instance, you can go hiking, cycling, or cruising on the lake. And, you can have a taste of the famous Austrian pastry, Schaumrollen.

Picture of the village of Hallstatt.
Hallstatt is one of the most charming villages in Austria for a cozy winter vacation.

St. Gilgen

If you want to visit one of the most charming villages in Austria for a cozy winter vacation, you should visit St. Gilgen. This village, located 20 minutes from Salzburg, is bordered by Wolfgangsee Lake and the Zwölferhorn mountain. And, even if this village is small, there are lots of attractions to be seen here. For example, “The Sound of Music” was filmed here, so you can visit some places that appear in the film. In addition, you can take a cable cart ride to the top of the Zwölferhorn mountain or visit the Mozart house. The Mozart house is not, as one might imagine, where Mozart resided, but rather where his mother was born. Nonetheless, the Mozart house is worth a visit, as is a Wolfgangsee Lake cruise or experiencing the local food. The famous Austrian spaetzle noodles are a must when you come to St. Gilgen.

Mayrhofen

Mayrhofen is another pretty village that is close to a big city. It is located in the Zillertal Valley, just around one hour away from Innsbruck by car or train. The village becomes a ski resort during the winter, but the good part is that it is not very popular among tourists. So, if you like to practice skiing, you can do so here and avoid the crowds. In addition, you can take the cable car to the top of the mountain Ahornbahn and see the Ahorn Lake that sits at 2000m. Also, you can swim in an outdoor swimming pool or take a steam train ride to nearby Zell am Ziller, where you can slide down the alpine toboggan Arena Coaster. Or, you can explore the valley further and visit Hintertux Glacier. There, you can explore an incredible ice cave known as the Ice Palace, or you can ski some more at the local resort where skiing is possible all year round.

Sunset over a mountain in Austria.
The mountain villages in Austria offer breathtaking views.

Durnstein

This village of Lower Austria is said to be the jewel of the Wachau Valley. Durnstein is a historical village alongside the Danube river that will enchant you with its beautiful architecture. For example, the Blue Baroque tower of Durnstein Abbey. This abbey is a former Augustine monastery from the 15th-century, restored in the 18th-century in the Baroque style. In addition, you can also visit the ruins of a 10th-century castle where Richard Lionheart was imprisoned. And, if you decide to visit this beautiful Austrian village, you don’t need to pack a lot of items with you. In the narrow, cobblestoned streets, there are many modern stores where you can get anything you need. As a result, it is best to keep your valuables at home and ensure their safety by renting a storage space for them. It will help you travel lighter and more comfortably

St. Wolfgang

St. Wolfgang is another of the charming villages in Austria that you can visit for a cozy winter vacation. You can find this typical Austrian village on the banks of lake Wolfganesse, surrounded by breathtaking mountains. It has beautiful streets, flower-decorated buildings, and a magnificent 14th-century church that adds to the picturesque setting. This church is famous for being the site of a former church built in 976 by Saint Wolfgang, Bishop of Regensburg. Also, the church serves as a destination for a pilgrimage that takes place every year from St. Wolfgang’s grave. Besides viewing historic buildings in the village, you can go on a train ride. The Schafbergbahn train will take you up the mountain for more than 1700 meters, from where you can admire the beautiful view of the village. Or, you can take a boat ride along the Wolfgangsee and admire the village from the lake.

Church tower and lake in St. Wolfgang, Austria.
The charming villages in Austria are just as beautiful in summer as they are during winter.

Final words

Austria is more than simply the birthplace of the Viennese waltz and the home of the famed Habsburg emperors. It is one of the most beautiful countries in the world that becomes more and more beautiful when you take the time to explore it. And, the best way to get to the true heart and soul of Austria is to visit its little villages. There, you can meet friendly locals, taste delicious Austrian cuisine, and learn about the country’s history. Austria is an ideal winter holiday destination, whether you want to explore it on your own or have a memorable family trip. So make sure to visit the charming villages in Austria for a cozy winter vacation.

Exploring London’s Underground Secrets

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Over the past century and a half, London’s Underground has seen two world wars, millions of passengers, and more secrets than we could begin to count. The “Tube” is used by Londoners and visitors to the beautiful city every hour of every day, but most are unaware of the history they’re traveling through.

Once you learn of the 150-years’ worth of secrets and history housed below England’s capital, you’ll earn a completely new appreciation for this feat of engineering and human-kind.

Underground History

In the early 1800s, London was booming. The influx of people bustling about quickly made it apparent that a better method of mass transportation was needed, and fast. The Metropolitan Railway took on the immense challenge of constructing the first underground line below the city. After months of construction, the 3 and three quarter mile railway carried 38,000 passengers safely to their destination on the inaugural ride on January 10, 1863.

soldiers parading on the streets of London

For the following five decades, London’s Underground saw changing ownership, builders, and thousands of passengers. However, once World War I began London saw its first air raid, and the tube was transformed into much more than a transportation system. The safe-haven continued on into the World War II.
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abandoned bomb shelter

Initially, British government officials tried to prevent the tube stations and lines use as bomb shelters. But, after their attempts to keep people from taking shelter there were decisively ignored, they decided to regulate the shelters instead. Trains continued to run on certain lines, bringing supplies, food, and other Londoner’s seeking shelter. A number of unused stations were converted into factories for wartime productions.
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While the Tube was considered by many to be the safest haven, no place in London was completely protected from German Blitzes. Hundreds of Londoner’s lost their lives when the tube was hit by German bombs in 1940 through 1943.
Even in the times of crisis and tragedy, the Underground has remained as a point of togetherness for the people of London. It’s an unmistakable symbol of the ingenuity and strength of Britain as a whole.

Traveling the Underground Today

The Underground lines cover nine zones and stop at more than 200 stations. Even though there are nine zones, tourists typically stay in Zones 1 and 2 because they cover Central London where many of the major tourist attractions and hotels are located.

These days, 11 Tube lines transport locals and tourists throughout Britain’s capital:

  • Bakerloo Line
  • Central Line
  • Circle Line
  • District Line
  • Hammersmith & City Line
  • Jubilee Line
  • Metropolitan Line
  • Northern Line
  • Piccadilly Line
  • Victoria Line
  • Waterloo & City Line

Generally, the Underground runs are between 5:00 a.m. — 12:00 A.M., Monday through Saturday. Sunday times are reduced by a few hours with later starting times and earlier stopping times.

Secrets Along The Stops

We alluded to the importance of the Underground during the World Wars, and proof of that is beneath 8 of the 11 Tube lines. For under these lines sit deep-level air-raid shelters. The construction of the shelters took place between 1940 and 1942. Originally reserved for government officials, 5 of the 8 shelters opened up to civilians as bombing intensified.

abandoned tube station in London

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The shelters that were constructed include:

  • Chancery Lane
  • Belsize Park
  • Camden Town
  • Goodge Street
  • Stockwell
  • Clapham North
  • Clapham Common
  • Clapham South

After the war ended, several of the shelters were still used by London’s military. The Goodge Street shelter was used by the army until the 1950s. The Chancery Lane shelter was used for the Kingsway Telephone Exchange during the Cold War years.

Recreated World War 2 communications room

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In addition to the secrets you’ll uncover while traveling the Underground, you’ll also see all of the most iconic sights of the region.

Circle Line – Tower Hill Station

Tower Bridge – Built 120 years ago, the Tower Bridge is an engineering marvel and arguably one of the most recognizable attractions in the world. If you’re feeling brave, trek out onto the high bridges suspended between the bridges towers.

Tower Bridge in London

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District Line – St James’s Station

St. James’s Park – Millions of visitors flock to the beautiful St. James’s Park every year. It’s the oldest of London’s eight Royal Parks, and it includes The Mall and the Horse Guards Parade.

View of St. James Park, London

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Jubilee Line – Westminster Station

Big Ben – Is there a more iconic London sight than Big Ben? Lucky for visitors, this sight is right along the Jubilee Line outside of Westminster Station. Whether you’re a history buff or just want to check it off of your bucket list, you need to stop by Big Ben.

Night view of Big Ben and Parliament Buildings

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Northern Line – Waterloo Station

London Eye – The London Eye is a larger-than-life Ferris wheel on the River Thames in London. From here, you will be treated to the most spectacular views of the city and a ride you won’t forget.

The London Eye at night

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Piccadilly Line – Covent Garden or Leicester Square Station

Covent Garden – The district of Covent Garden in London is a hub for local shops, delicious food, and incredible street performers. Once you hop out of the Covent Garden station, you’ll have a tough time fitting everything you want to explore into just one day.

Covent Garden

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Parts of the Tube’s storied history are somber, but the incredible spirit of London persists and prevails. For once you wander the stations and secret passageways hidden beneath the surface, you’ll never think of London the same way again.