Constantly rated as one of the world's most livable cities, Germany's port city of Hamburg is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic getaway. Whether you're looking for fun outdoor experiences, beautiful views or to discover romance through the palate, you'll find it all here. To help you plan your trip, here is your ultimate guide to romantic Hamburg, Germany.
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Hamburg is known for having many waterside spaces, perfect for couples who want to add some ambience to their trip. Head to the Altonaer Balkon viewpoint overlooking to port - the second-largest in Europe - to begin your waterfront stroll, walking west toward the upscale Blankanese neighborhood, known for its pedestrian-only streets, serene parks and luxury homes built into the hillside. Along the way, make sure to stop at the Museumshafen Oevelgonne, an al fresco museum featuring docked historic ships, some of which can be explored on board. A bit farther, the beautiful Elbstrand Beach makes for the perfect place to watch the sunset while savoring a delicious fish roll from the onsite Strandperle food and drink shack.
Hamburg is full of beautiful parks worth exploring with your sweetheart. Start at Park Planten un Blomen, featuring 116 acres of themed gardens (don't miss the Japanese one!), lakes, an ice skating rink, fountains, cafes and restaurants and waterfront views.
One major highlight of this park is its dancing lit-up fountains, which takes place during the warmer months. Another great Hamburg park is Stadtpark, a local favorite - especially among couples - where you'll become immersed in calm and serenity. Local flora and beautiful lakes provide opportunities for romantic strolls, row boating and swimming.
Spending some time in the sky with your loved one allows you to view an already beautiful city from an even more beautiful viewpoint. A hot air balloon ride is one option, where you'll enjoy aerial views of the Elbe River, Alster Lake, the Neo-renaissance Town Hall and unique cityscape. If you prefer a more enclosed vehicle, a helicopter tour is also an option.
For a mix of experiences paired with a 360-degree birds-eye view of Hamburg (including the port!), Planetarium Hamburg is a must. Make sure to check their schedule for laser light and star gazing shows, also romantic experiences. And to enjoy your view with a drink, the Empire Riverside Hotels 20up rooftop bar is worth an evening visit, especially at sunset (they open at 6pm daily).
No romantic getaway would be complete without adding ambient restaurants to your itinerary. Luckily, Hamburg is full of them. For breakfast and brunch, make sure to visit Mikkels, serving up made-from-scratch pastries and morning meals in a cozy subterranean space. For dessert, B.Sweet specializes in high-quality yet beautifully-packaged chocolates. If you want a romantic dinner for two, Au Quai Restaurant is right on the water and showcases a tantalizing menu of Mediterranean, Italian and French flavors, with dishes like soft shell crab sushi rolls with miso crumble; chestnut ravioli; and duck liver parfait.
At the Chocoversum couples can do more than just buy chocolate bars. The space offers an immersive and romantic experience, with guided tours that teach you and your sweetheart the chocolate-making process and how to discover the treat with your senses. There's also an exhibition-filled museum and the chance to make your own delicious chocolates. Yum!
Hamburg has plenty of whimsical experiences for adults who want to get in touch with their inner child. The best of these is Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg, home to one of the world's largest model railways. Nearly 1,000 trains are featured, with the enormous model replicating both fictitious places as well as real-life destinations like America, Italy, France, Austria and, of course, Hamburg.
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Jessica Festa is a full-time travel writer who is always up for an adventure. She enjoys getting lost in new cities and having experiences you don’t read about in guidebooks. Some of her favorite travel experiences have been teaching English in Thailand, trekking her way through South America, backpacking Europe solo, road tripping through Australia and doing orphanage work in Ghana. You can follow her adventures on her travel websites, Epicure & Culture and Jessie On A Journey. You can also connect with Jessica directly on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus, or follow her epicurean adventures on Facebook and Twitter.
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