The New York Times has ranked Hamburg tenth among “52 Places to Go” in 2017, according to a report last Wednesday (January 4) in which the Hanse city is described as “a haven for architecture and design”. The imminent opening of the city’s latest landmark, the Elbphilharmonie, has led to Hamburg’s inclusion and as the only German city in the ranking. Detroit, Michigan came ninth and is lauded as a “comeback city”. Hamburg is followed by Morocco’s Marrakesh, which has been hailed as a “spiritual resting place”. Canada topped the ranking as a “world to explore”.
Focus on architectural highlights
Hamburg’s inclusion is justified by the much-anticipated Herzog & de Meuron-designed Elbphilharmonie, according to the journalist David Farley, who noted: “The 360-foot-tall glass structure sits atop an old warehouse, its spiky roof evoking sails and the city’s maritime past.” The winding promenade along the Elbe by Zaha Hadid has “breathed new life into the riverfront” and the nearby 19th-century Speicherstadt became a UNESCO World Heritage list in 2015. The luxurious five-star hotel, Fontenay, is also due to open its doors in Hamburg this summer.
London, Berlin and Tokyo not in ranking
The New York Times list of “52 Places to Go“ is now in its twelfth year. The aim is to include many well-known and lesser-known places and which differ in terms of geography and theme, according to the editors. Thus, world cities like London, Berlin or Tokyo did not make this year’s list. The newspaper’s editors and reporters all over the world recommend potential candidates. The finalists are chosen during a newsroom conference. Readers can suggest places for inclusion in the ranking under #52places