By Lory Kuqo, a creative soul with a love of art and writing who practised law in Albania before moving to Hamburg for her masters - and didn’t leave after meeting her husband!
Edited by Jess Wright
Flush on the River Elbe and two of its tributaries – each connected to an artificial lake – Hamburg is a city surrounded by water; magical is the word I would use to describe it. Dotted with lakes that freeze over in the winter, and flowing with canals and rivers frequented by ferries, Hamburg is a veritable waterworld. In a city with over 1.8 million people (the second largest in Germany) that boasts a varied art scene, from traditional to street art, museums and an abundance of local delicacies, you might be hard pressed to choose just what to spend your time doing. Luckily for you, I love my city and I can provide many fantastic things to do in Hamburg, all you need to put together the perfect Hamburg itinerary. If you’re short on time, you could take a look a this 24 hour Hamburg itinerary – jam-packed with what to do in Hamburg in one day and another handy Hamburg travel guide. If you’re visiting Hamburg for the first time you’ll need some tips and tricks to get the best out of your experience. Firstly, Google Maps is your very best friend. Well, next to my list of what to do in Hamburg, of course.