Hamburg is a worldly, bustling, and diverse city with much to offer its citizens and visitors. Most importantly, it is home to our Engel & Völkers headquarters located in Hamburg’s aspiring HafenCity directly on the Elbe River, a dream come true for company founder Christian Völkers, who envisioned a unique brand home for the company. The building is divided into three sections: the company headquarters, called the “E&V Haus”, the beach house with 67 high-quality condominiums, as well as a section with 30 rental apartments. The building’s brand-typical white architecture was designed by renowned architect Richard Meier from Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP New York. Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and offers many high end restaurants, hotels, museums, and more, the perfect location for our headquarters and even a weekend getaway; a can’t-miss on your list of 2020 vacations.
What to Do
Hamburg is home to seven centuries of art, from medieval to contemporary. Art lovers can peruse the permanent collections in the three separate buildings of the Kunsthalle. The museum also regularly features special exhibits throughout the year. For those more interested in contemporary art and photography, be sure to visit the Deichtorhallen. As for history museums, Hamburg’s Maritime Museum offers a great overview of their trading and shipping center. Hamburg is also home to the largest model train in the world, located at Miniatur Wunderland.
Hamburg has many parks and outdoor spaces throughout the city. The most popular park is the Planten und Blomen park in the city center. Here you will find the old botanical gardens, the largest Japanese garden in Europe, and a tropical house. Perfect for children, the park has many playgrounds and a miniature golf course. Hamburg’s many rivers allow for water activities as well, such as boat tours or cruises. You can also go water skiing, kayaking, swimming, or sailing at the Alster Lakes, just north of the main train station.
Hamburg’s nightlife is alive and well across the city. Younger crowds tend to gravitate towards St. Pauli and the Reeperbahn area which are full of clubs and bars. For a more laid back vibe, venture to Schanzenviertel, home to various boutiques, bars, restaurants and cafés, all with a quirky vibe by day and a cool alternative atmosphere by night. In the warmer months, many cafes open throughout the parks open for live music and drinks.
What to Eat
Due to the surrounding sea and rivers, Hamburg is one of the best places in Germany to get fresh fish. The majority of restaurants have fish on the menu, but we recommend heading to Fischereihafen Restaurant for a taste of classic Hamburg style seafood. On Sunday mornings, be sure to stop by Hamburg’s famous fish market to see fish stalls in action. Although Hamburg is best known for their fish, grabbing a traditional German sausage should definitely be on your list as must-dos as well.
Where to Stay
Hamburg offers many luxury and five star hotels. Enjoy world class service at The Fontenay located on the shore of Alster Lake in Hamburg, within walking distance of the famous shopping area at Jungfernstieg. Every room has floor-to-ceiling windows with beautiful views of the surrounding park and water. Lounge at the rooftop spa and pool or dine at any of the surrounding restaurants. In addition, the Westin Hamburg is a contemporary masterpiece located directly on the water in the center of HafenCity. Choose from many rooms and suites providing stunning views of the Elbe river, Speicherstadt, and the heart of Elbphilharmonie. This hotel features a spa, fitness center, restaurants, and bar.
We encourage you to visit the city, take in all that Hamburg has to offer, and of course, visit the Engel & Völkers Headquarters at its new address at Vancouverstraße 2, 20457 Hamburg to experience the Engel & Völkers brand up close and personal.