An enthusiastic New York Times writer has turned “Hamburg fan”. Praise aplenty can be found in his article under the headline “36 Hours in Hamburg, Germany,“ published on October 19, 2017. This comes just as the Lonely Planet travel guide put Hamburg fourth among the “Top 10” cities to visit in 2018. In January, the New York Times ranked Hamburg tenth among “52 Places to Go“ in 2017 and the city became the only German destination on the list.
Declaration of love from New York
The New York Times writer praised Hamburg as “a watery wonder, teeming with architectural marvels, restaurants and cultural charms”. The article is teeming with images of the Port of Hamburg, Miniatur Wunderland and the Elbphilharmonie.
Naturally, the “shimmering new concert hall” is among 12 places visited by the writer during his stay. The Elphilharmonie is “a sturdy old brick warehouse (that) serves as the base to a soaring rippled glass structure that culminates in a crown of peaks resembling billowing circus tents. The juxtaposition of brick and glass, old and new, practically begs to be seen as a metaphor for Hamburg’s marriage of traditional and modern industries.” Hamburg is like a “surprise gem, just waiting to be explored”.
Hamburg among “Top 5” travel destinations for 2018
The international Lonely Planet travel guide also enthuses about Hamburg and has ranked the city fourth among the top five “Best in Travel 2018“. The annual travel guide ranks ten top cities, countries and regions for the coming year. The guide hailed the stunning Elphilharmonie with its “glass top that shimmers like crystalline sails”. It also praised the “oh-so-walkable HafenCity port area“. From there, Hamburg is “alluringly accessible” and radiates along the Elbe River. Dozens of old steeples serve as compass points. Nightlife is definitely among the “Best in Europe”. Seville, Spain, is the number one city followed by Detroit Michigan, USA and Canberra, Australia.
Germany’s second most elegant city
Hamburg also stands out as a top fashion city and not only in terms of architecture and culture. A recent study by Zalando rated 80 cities in diverse categories such as fashion and urbanity. Hamburg ranked second after Munich among Germany’s most elegant cities. Hamburg ranked 20th on an international scale. The city also scored well in terms of fashion (4.35/5 points) and cleanliness (4.37/5 points).