Where is the most unusual tourist destination

the nordstory - tourist destination Hamburg

The Elbphilharmonie is the new visitor magnet in the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Tour guide Mara Burmeister says that everyone wants to go there first. Then to the harbor, to the town hall, to the Michel and in the evening to the Kiez.

For over 20 years she has been showing short vacationers her hometown. A secure job in view of the increasing number of tourists.

For the 15th time in a row, Hamburg is experiencing a tourism record. In 2017 hoteliers counted 13.3 million overnight stays. What attracts visitors are the city's contrasts, on the one hand the metropolitan life around the harbor, on the other hand the green side with parks and the Alster.

Major events such as the Hamburg Cruise Days attract tens of thousands of visitors. Sascha Hamann even climbs to the top of the Elbphilharmonie for this. His mission: to bathe the concert hall and other landmarks around the harbor in blue light. The lighting expert will install 8,000 fluorescent tubes between cranes and roofs for the globally unique staging.

Reeperbahn hotspot

But not everywhere in the city there is joy about the growing number of visitors. Hotspots like the Reeperbahn have long been overcrowded. The residents are annoyed. They complain about littered house entrances, constant noise and organized drinking groups who assume that everything is allowed in the neighborhood.

On the other hand, the St. Paulians are taking a very special kind of protest: Most recently, they developed the so-called "Art Walk". Life-size figures of neighborhood sizes line the streets. "With the campaign we want to ensure that the guests perceive that St. Pauli is not a backdrop, but that people live here too."

Other quarters should also benefit

The city also wants to make guests aware of less-noticed beauties. She recommends tours in the metropolitan region, advertises individual sailing trips on the Alster or advises you to explore other districts. The offers are there: the Apple Days in the Altes Land, the Hummel stroll in the Neustadt, the Inselpension as unusual accommodation on the Elbe island in Wilhelmsburg.

The nordstory shows how Hamburg balances the coexistence and coexistence between tourists and locals. It accompanies Hamburgers who present their hometown in an unusual and very personal way, and visitors who discover the tourist destination on their own.

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